Jacobo LevyNetwork Engineer at Palindrome Consulting
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The most valuable feature is their support, they get better every day."
"It has improved my organization in the way that we've got a much better wireless coverage than we had before, and secondly, we have the visibility of all the users."
"The feature I find most valuable is the single pane of glass where you can configure a monitor view, all from one dashboard. For example, on the wireless side, you can configure it under the configuration panel, and then view statistics like location analytics, user analytics, etc."
"There is no need to swap the hardware at all the locations, and importing the APs into the Dashboard was a simple and quick process."
"You don't have to be a network engineer to use it."
"The ability of the product to perform with simplicity of deployment make it a valuable solution."
"The most valuable feature is the single pane of glass that gives you multisite visibility."
"It can analyze the traffic that it is picking up from what may be a rogue access point, and it is able to identify those and send relevant notifications."
"The threshold alerting is the most valuable feature."
"It is easy to access and discover devices, as well as monitor them automatically. The topology discover is also a useful feature."
"The most valuable feature is the monitoring of resources."
"We no longer have to manually search for problems because we are alerted when something in the network goes down."
"The interface in the last few years it has been a lot greater, they are much more user-friendly. I like the interface."
"This is a good, stable network monitoring solution for devices."
"I use it on premises to monitor my network database. We monitor the link up/down and use the SNMP traps as well."
"The most valuable features are network bandwidth monitoring and monitoring device health."
"The pricing for this solution needs to be improved."
"You can't really clone or replicate a device, that sort of feature would be useful. You can clone the site but you cannot clone the device."
"Not a lot of training is available."
"I am concerned about the fact that once your licensing expires the devices stop working and become a brick."
"The MDM, however, is bad. We're using another MDM now because Meraki was so bad."
"Third-party switches do not necessarily integrate easily with the system and this could be improved to allow for better adaptation."
"The one issue that we have had is that the VPN tunnel would go down unless you worked out with the ISP that you would be using a static IP address on the WAN interface."
"It would be helpful to have the ability to create a floor plan based on an existing PDF or JPEG, which is automatically converted into a usable network map."
"I would like to see them do an enhancement to the application monitoring. A lot of other products do better application monitoring so they should do some improvements to the application monitoring."
"Pricing is too high relative to how many devices we use. The price list is not linear to number of devices."
"I would like to see better integration with switches so that you can see what is connected to each port, what the traffic is, and have a network map automatically generated."
"The pricing for this solution has gone up quite recently, which has led some of our customers to buy an alternative product."
"One of the biggest things that made us start to look at another product is we're not able to have an end to end monitoring from a user perspective throughout the system and back to the user. All the monitoring is from inside out, we need something that also can give us from outside in."
"Adding on services increases the cost and on the version we have there is no option for ATM monitoring."
"I think there are a few bugs now. Although they give some resolution for this, we cannot share the network remotely because of our company policy."
"Integrations with other devices. I want to have a product that has full integration with my active directory so I can track user activity. I want to track my complete user activity, so I'm looking for a product to implement in the near future, which will have full integration with my network and active directory users. It became very difficult to track user activity."
"Licensing is around under 1000 pounds. The licensing is either one year, three years, five years or ten years and during the licensing, we can choose to renew it per year or per every three years. We've got a license for three years. It's about 160 or about 200 pounds each."
"From a pricing perspective, they are still expensive."
"The licensing fees are $180 USD, per AP, for three years."
"It is said to be expensive."
"The pricing for a small setup is only a few hundred dollars a year. The fee is subscription-based."
"Typically, the license model is for one, three, and five years. They can just be a bit more flexible around it and look into providing an option for 24 months."
"Pricing is reasonable compared to other products."
"I'm not sure, but it's expensive. We don't pay any additional fees."
"The choice of version depends on the number of points, or devices, that you want to monitor, and this makes the product expensive."
"The pricing can be on the expensive side when considering competing products."
"There are some subscription charges that are quite heavy. I need to pay for support every year and these charges can be quite expensive. Aside from the initial cost for the tool, you need to pay additionally for support."
The dashboard that hosts all of the information around the Meraki product data.
Meraki Dashboard is ranked 11th in Network Monitoring Software with 17 reviews while WhatsUp Gold is ranked 17th in Network Monitoring Software with 11 reviews. Meraki Dashboard is rated 8.6, while WhatsUp Gold is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Meraki Dashboard writes "Centralized dashboard management for all devices on your network that is easy-to-use". On the other hand, the top reviewer of WhatsUp Gold writes "Great interface but has no end to end monitoring from a user perspective". Meraki Dashboard is most compared with PRTG Network Monitor, Zabbix, SolarWinds NPM, ThousandEyes and Centreon, whereas WhatsUp Gold is most compared with SolarWinds NPM, PRTG Network Monitor, Zabbix, Splunk and Nutanix Prism. See our Meraki Dashboard vs. WhatsUp Gold report.
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