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Pros
"The security level of our organization has changed by using Meraki MX Firewalls. We didn't have the UTM before, but now we have sandboxing, tray scanning, attack preventions and monitorization. Our security level has improved.""When you try to create an IP or when you have an alert about when a website is banned, these features are helpful.""The features we have found most valuable are the firewall and the monitoring tools.""A strong, reliable solution for small companies with little or no dedicated IT department.""We work also with domain control (DC) from Microsoft or Amazon. We use a whole virtual appliance with Meraki.""The internet traffic shaping has been very valuable.""The initial setup for me was straightforward.""Deployment takes no more than one working day."

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"I have found the stability of this product to be excellent.""I have found this solution to be easier to use when compared to other products, such as those offered by Cisco.""SonicWall TZ is stable.""The feature we found most valuable in SonicWall TZ is that it is user-friendly for an administrator.""The stability is very nice.""The features that we have found most valuable in SonicWall TZ are the intrusion and brute force attack prevention.""No negative impression of the scalability.""Once it's configured properly, the solution is unbreakable."

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Cons
"We feel that Cisco provides smaller features, with fewer possibilities versus other solutions out there.""What I would like to see in the next version is to have more interfaces for WAN links.""FortiGate is cheaper than Meraki. Even the license renewal is less than Meraki.""The client-side VPN is weak. The product could be improved with deployment templates.""The problem is that the two licenses do not currently integrate. We have to create separate companies and do an interconnection.""The IPS, the Intrusion Prevention System, can be improved.""Right now, you can postpone the update but eventually, if you don't do the update, it will install the updates automatically for you and that's something that is not working for me.""Load balancing options and ability to manage a couple of Internet connections."

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"An additional feature that I would like to see is reporting that includes metrics to give me more information about the number of viruses that it has actually detected and interrupted.""The lack of support is having me look into other solutions to replace SonicWALL.""I can't get the support that I need from SonicWall.""We would like to improve the rules configuration in SonicWall TZ. Sometimes the rules don't work.""There can be an improvement in analysis and reporting. We need enhancement on the reporting side.""The log analyzer in SonicWall TZ is something that they need to improve upon.""The small business line has less PPS throughput.""They should consider working a bit more on their ransomware application."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Pricing varies as per the type of license.""Meraki is also expensive, but it's a little bit less expensive and it's easier to configure than Cisco ASA.""The price varies depending on the hardware platform as well as the type of license and whether you're adding security or not.""The license cost depends on the box. We acquired a different product line. We are dealing with MX appliance now, that is, MX6, MX54, MX100, MX250, MX450. Every box has got an identity, and it has got its own specification. Every box has got a different license fee. We deployed Meraki MX in UAE when it was not a mature product. We took a risk, but we were successful. We saved a huge amount of money after implementing and removing all the MPLS and leased lines. We got a broadband connection because Meraki MX could work on a broadband connection. We have drastically saved a very good amount of money, which was one of the successful things apart from the successful solution.""​Other content filtering solutions that I have used had more bells and whistles, but given the cost, complexity, and management overhead, I am very pleased with Meraki’s solution.""The price is slightly increased, but reasonable.""It is a good global solution in terms of the price and features, but because we sell this solution in dollars, sometimes we don't get to sell this solution in Brazil because the dollar is very expensive. The price of every project is different. It varies depending upon the project, scenario, and client.""The pricing could always be improved — especially with the shape the economy is in at the moment."

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"The pricing was a factor for us, and we felt that the price was good.""The product pricing is relatively good, compared to other products, including the licenses.""Licensing costs have been around $2,000. There are no other costs above the standard licensing fees.""License renewals come in around $35,000 to $45,000.""The price is high compared to some other solutions.""Its pricing is okay as compared to other solutions."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: I haven't had any experience with Sophos, but in small business environments I've found the Meraki devices to be needlessly complex. As one who has worked quite a bit with enterprise Cisco devices, I… more »
Top Answer: I definitely recommend Fortinet. The Meraki firewall is more intended to be integrated into a Meraki SDWAN infrastructure, with very basic firewall options.
Top Answer: The biggest difference is based on two aspects: The RF-DPI the sonicwall analysis capacity of the traffic without the need for the information to be reassembled or as it comes. allowing the… more »
Top Answer: It protects against intrusion while allowing needed access.
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Also Known As
MX64, MX64W, MX84, MX100, MX400, MX600Dell SonicWALL TZ
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Overview
With the proliferation of modern applications and mixed-use networks, host and port based security is no longer sufficient. Cisco Meraki's layer 7 "next generation" firewall, included in MX security appliances and every wireless AP, gives administrators complete control over the users, content, and applications on their network.The secure, sophisticated SonicWALL TZ is widely deployed at small businesses, retail, government, remote sites and branch offices. It combines high-performance intrusion prevention, malware blocking, content/URL filtering and application control.
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Sample Customers
Hyatt, ONSAeroM_xico Delta TechOps, Unimat
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider31%
Financial Services Firm15%
Pharma/Biotech Company15%
Non Tech Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider25%
Computer Software Company23%
Construction Company6%
Retailer5%
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Construction Company21%
Computer Software Company14%
Manufacturing Company14%
Financial Services Firm7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company22%
Comms Service Provider22%
Wholesaler/Distributor5%
Construction Company5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business52%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise21%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise33%
Large Enterprise33%
REVIEWERS
Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise11%
Find out what your peers are saying about Meraki MX vs. SonicWall TZ and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
446,956 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Meraki MX is ranked 3rd in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 20 reviews while SonicWall TZ is ranked 12th in Firewalls with 19 reviews. Meraki MX is rated 8.2, while SonicWall TZ is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Meraki MX writes "Great SD-WAN solution. Manage multiple Meraki devices (security, switches, APs, Cameras) with a single pane of glass". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall TZ writes "Easy to implement, fairly stable, and supports SSL-DPI". Meraki MX is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA Firewall, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall, SonicWall NSA and Sophos XG, whereas SonicWall TZ is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA Firewall, pfSense, SonicWall NSA and Sophos XG. See our Meraki MX vs. SonicWall TZ report.

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