Meraki MS Switches Alternatives and Competitors

Get our free report covering Aruba Networks, Netgear, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and other competitors of Meraki MS Switches. Updated: January 2021.
456,249 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Read reviews of Meraki MS Switches alternatives and competitors

reviewer1193922
Technical Project Manager at a consultancy with 51-200 employees
Real User
Oct 22, 2019
A versatile solution with stacking capability

What is our primary use case?

I have been using the newest line of Cisco switches, the 9300 series, for two or three years. We have two different models for deployment. One is the SDN deployment model, which has to do with Software-Defined Networking and is the more recent. The other is the traditional three-tier, via core access aggregation layer five switches with an Independent Architecture Designed environment or access layer switches where you just use them to connect users to a specific service. It depends on what the nature of the work would be and the scope of work. But generally, most traditional networks have… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "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."
  • "Switches should be made stackable, even if they are not of the same model."

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 generation of switches, you can control them with a different device separately from the switch itself. In terms of the improvements, the improvements that are going on right now, Software Defined Networking creates the basis for you to have switches that can scale, and can scale very well. I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.
reviewer1023120
Network Engineer at a comms service provider with 501-1,000 employees
Reseller
Top 5
Mar 15, 2020
Has valuable spanning tree protocol and routing features but they should improve the knowledge base library

What is our primary use case?

For my own use case, I am a reseller for the switches. For my clients' use case, it is using the products as switches to build out their network connections.

Pros and Cons

  • "When you buy a switch from Huawei, the switches come along with a lot of features that you do not need to pay extra money for."
  • "The technical support is a bit difficult to work with if you don't speak Mandarin."
  • "The knowledge base needs to be improved and expanded."
  • "It could potentially be difficult to get parts depending on where you live."

What other advice do I have?

The advice I would give people who are considering this product as their switching solution is that if you are looking to satisfy the needs of a small scale project and want a pretty good price, then you might go for it. But you might be sacrificing security or risking involvement in a politically unstable situation. China and the U.S. are very tense with their political positions at the moment. They are facing some sort of trade war. If you need some components to produce or manufacture a product like a Huawei switch it is possibly going to be a tense situation. The chips are an important and…
Akram Khan
Director of Information Technology at UniTeller Financial Services
Real User
Top 20
Aug 26, 2020
Easy-to-use, with great product support, this versatile, mature product is a multi-faceted solution

What is our primary use case?

I have been in so many situations using this product it is hard to choose a primary use. I have worked for many companies, so we have used them as access switches, we have used them as distribution switches, we have used them as IDF (Intermediate Distribution Frame) closets for floor switches. We have used them as code switches and clusters and chassis. I have gone through using all the different versions of switches in many scenarios, like remote offices, access to quotas for distribution. I have used the switches on every level and in exhaustive possibilities.

Pros and Cons

  • "Ease-of-use and ease-of-management are good qualities of this product."
  • "The Cisco user interfaces can be difficult to use and maintain."

What other advice do I have?

The advice I would offer to others in implementing Cisco Lynksys Switches is that somebody on the team has to be well aware of basic networking and how the search network works. That will make them easier to use and implement. On a scale from one to ten where one is the worst and ten is the best, I would rate the Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches depending on the class. For example, I think the Cisco 9300s are almost an eight-out-of-ten.
Alfred_Pullicino
IT Manager at Genesis Global
Real User
Top 20
Oct 24, 2019
Enables me to be anywhere and still see the network traffic, network boards and I can do configuration changes to the switches

What is our primary use case?

We have the switches on-premises but we also use the private cloud.

Pros and Cons

  • "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 are remote."
  • "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 bit of the wireless section of the switches."

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 ten because there were some major issues like configuration conflicts and by the time we got to solve them, it was a bit of a nightmare until we got it up and running. But there will always be some teething problems. There were problems while implementing until we sorted things out and until it started stabilizing itself. It was either a question of the switch temporarily disconnecting from the internet so it couldn't connect…
reviewer1203330
Network System Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Oct 28, 2019
Easy to use with centralized management, simple to install, and configure

What is our primary use case?

We are a tech services company and this is one of the solutions that we provide to our customers. I have worked a great deal with Ubiquiti switches and other products. The primary use case for this solution is to supply power to access points and Voice over IP devices. For example, we install one 24-port switch so that we can connect multiple devices into it, and then create different VLANs.

Pros and Cons

  • "The GUI interface is very easy to use and the Linux-based command-line interface is also good."
  • "The technical support for this solution could be improved."

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.
Get our free report covering Aruba Networks, Netgear, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and other competitors of Meraki MS Switches. Updated: January 2021.
456,249 professionals have used our research since 2012.