Meraki MS Switches Alternatives and Competitors

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Real User
Technical Project Manager at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Oct 22 2019

What is most valuable?

There are two things about this solution that I find valuable. One valuable feature is that you can string a number of switches together, and the fact that there are various methods to connect them, such as by stacking. A stack means that… more»

How has it helped my organization?

There are several situations where these switches are used. Most times if they want to move off the main site, or they want to move locations, or they want to have temporary spaces, they can use a switch. Temporary means they may want to… more»

What needs improvement?

At the moment the switches that you have can't scale because they've got their control plane and data plane in the same device. The problem with that is you're limited to the number of switches you can string along because of limitations… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have also used the Meraki MX switches, but they are more like routers and used to support the wireless systems for Meraki.

What other advice do I have?

What is happening in the industry is that they are separating two things that traditionally held back the growth of switches, which is the control plane aspect of the switch from the data point. What you're finding is that the newer… more»
Eric Gorman
Real User
Owner/CTO at a tech services company
Dec 05 2018

What is most valuable?

Two of the most important features are the ease of monitoring and setup. The setup is a breeze with the Insight switches and monitoring of the Ethernet switches for our… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It is very easy to use. They give you the ability within the screens to make changes and you can push them down to all the devices at once. It's saving us a lot of time in… more»

What needs improvement?

One area that has room for improvement, and I know NETGEAR is working on it, is adding more features to the product lines in terms of what we can manage through the… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing for what you get with the Insight product line is very fair and the value is there, including the annual licensing fees for the Insight Pro for each device… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, we used different equipment. I switched to them because they not only have the Insight product line saved us a lot of time, but it's also very cost-effective… more»

What other advice do I have?

Definitely consider the Insight product line, but make sure that you understand what you're getting and that you're getting the right piece of equipment within the Insight… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I looked at Cisco Meraki vs NETGEAR, and Ubiquiti as well. I ended up choosing NETGEAR because of the cost, the quality, and the ease of use. Insight makes it easy. I know… more»
Darren-Sinden
Real User
Solutions Specialist - Enterprise Networking & SD-WAN at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Oct 30 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us are the APIs. Development there has been very exciting and now we can actually drill down to client levels. What that means is that when I look at the portal I can drill down to the users that are logged on to the network and see what they are using the network for… more»

What needs improvement?

A complaint that I might have about the services is the compliance risk response. If I or our clients put too many devices on a network, threatening emails get triggered by Meraki saying that we are out of compliance. It can put unnecessary fear into the customer of the product that their services… more»

What other advice do I have?

My experience with Meraki goes back to the MS-1 series. That's when I first took the original Meraki training course and got the CMNA (Certified Meraki Networking Associate) certification. We got to play on the newest series of switches around at that time. Those have already gone past their… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As a reseller, evaluating options is somewhat built into the business structure. I deal with Meraki, Aruba, and Cisco around enterprise networking, security, voice, and wireless.
Alfred_Pullicino
Real User
IT Manager at Genesis Global
Oct 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The cloud configuration is the most valuable feature of this solution. Watching in the cloud, propagating the actual devices themselves and the management of devices that… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I've got two different remote offices and after deploying Aruba I can manage the network without any problems because it's publicly available. I can be anywhere and still… more»

What needs improvement?

In the next release, I would like to see network access control on the switches themselves. I would like to see security functionalities when it comes to monitoring the… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing costs are on a yearly basis.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We switched from our previous solution because we wanted to have a robust level grade of equipment.

What other advice do I have?

My advice to someone considering this solution is to play it out before and choose whoever has the better solution. I would rate it an eight out of ten. Not a ten out of… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Cisco Meraki. I did not choose Meraki because of the licensing model. If for some reason you don't renew the subscription, you lose the network and the… more»
Real User
Network System Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Oct 28 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that you can manage everything through the Cloud Key UniFi controller. The fact that you can manage everything including the switch-level configuration, and access point configuration of both the wireless networks and the LAN, is very useful. The GUI interface is very… more»

What needs improvement?

The price of this solution should be more competitive. The technical support for this solution could be improved.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This solution does not charge for technical support. Unlike vendors such as Cisco Meraki, there is no cost for licensing.

What other advice do I have?

This is a solution that I recommend. It's simple to use, and the installation and configuration are pretty straightforward. Anyone who has a little bit of experience with switches and firewalls could use it. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
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