Meraki MS Switches Valuable Features
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. It is very valuable to us and the client to have that ease of use and the capability of providing high-level service and service quality on the switches. It is a nice and easy way of leveraging utility and resources by pushing out policies from a single location to wherever my Meraki devices may be.
If I was an IT manager and I had sites globally, Meraki would be a perfect fit. I could reach the devices that are overseas without me or anyone else having to touch them. It is very much like zero-touch deployment, which is fantastic. An obvious bonus is that this capability is still backed by Meraki R&D with talented teams to support it. When changes and new features come out, I don't have to worry about doing software upgrades on devices because it's all done in the cloud. They just load it up and on you go. Of course, many other things are happening with Meraki and other developments that they are working on with Cisco. The whole story will come out in the resolution of what they choose to do on the security side of things and what capabilities you can gain by using Cisco and Meraki together.
When it comes to troubleshooting, in the past we had to take the console and do configuration changes, and we had to be on location or have a VPN connection to access it. But with Meraki, there is the advantage that you have dashboard access via the internet and you can work on it from anywhere. With Meraki switches, there is virtual stacking. Let's say you have two branches where two different switches are located. I can take a few ports from switch 1 and few ports from switch 2 and I can do a virtual stack between these ports. And there is a port schedule, as well. For example, some customers want to do make budget choices to save power or something. There is a port schedule option to give power for access points through these PoE ports on a schedule you choose, like during office hours. Morning 9:00 to evening 6:30, and it will work only Monday to Friday. I can schedule so these ports will be running those times only. In an annual scenario, this can mean more savings for the customer.
You can select multiple ports at a time in a checkbox, and you can do a port configuration. If uplinks are required, you can configure that, too. There are a couple of tools available in the Tools section where you can do ARP, Ping, LED status, etc. If any network goes down or is getting any warnings, you'll get an immediate amber symbol. We'll get alerts and an immediate email even if one link goes down or anything is wrong. We require some additional integrated tools for when a switch is down, like WhatsUp Gold, or SolarWinds. So on the back-end, we need to integrate our email servers into the process. We need more tools for that. But in the dashboard, it all comes together and gives greater visibility, including the UX pack if you want - everything will be there.
The features part is good. Everything in terms of access and everything else.View full review »
Setting up a switch can be performed prior to having your hands on the device. Once you purchase a Meraki switch you will get an email from Meraki with a code to add to your dashboard and then you can start setting up your switch so when it arrives it will download its configuration and be all setup. It is practically zero-touch deployment. Firmware upgrades on devices are pushed from the cloud and typically only bring the device down for a minute or two while applied. The built-in packet capture on them allows easier troubleshooting even when you are not onsite.View full review »
The dashboard and the interface, in general, are good features. We can work globally and anybody can log in from our web-based console to use it. Everything from switches to access points can be used from a single dashboard.View full review »
What we like best is that the product makes configuration easy. We can configure a whole bunch of switches or ports at the same time. For example, if we select 200 ports and change some parameters, these options will be applied two minutes later on every branch anywhere in the world where we have selected the switches. This ability to configure multiple switches in one step is an incredible feature.View full review »
Technical Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The switches, overall, are very good.
The newest switches, in particular, are excellent.
The initial setup is simple.View full review »
Consulting Engineer at IV4
It is easy to deploy, maintain, and update. It has been trouble-free so far.
I am still a Cisco command-line bigot, but the web interface makes it a lot easier for our help desk to interact with a client. When the clients call in and say that they aren't able to connect, it takes the help desk 10 minutes or less to look at everything in the enterprise or location. They can look at the firewall, switches, or access points in the dashboard. That's why I like the dashboard.
The most valuable feature about Meraki is the console. The second most valuable feature, to me, is the technical support and the infrastructure behind the console.
I think their feature set is far better than mostView full review »
Being able to look at every port and see what it is connected to is very useful. Everything seems to be running really well. They've got everything covered.
They have a really cool mounting system at the bottom and an access point that you can use to level up your device. It is kind of cool.View full review »
Director of Institutional Technology at a non-tech company with 51-200 employees
Having the Meraki GUI controlled elements meant that I could train my help desk guys without having to try and teach a command line.View full review »
We are using the MS425 series. We like the ease of use, ease of administration, and central dashboard. Meraki also has fantastic documentation and community.
With its central dashboard, we can deploy a generic configuration across hundreds of switches, rather than doing it in the old school way where an individual or a group of engineers would log onto each device via CLI, which takes a long time. So, everything is connected.
The cloud management on the solution is very good.
The Wi-Fi 6 for access points is excellent.
The performance is pretty good.
We've found the initial setup very simple.
The stability of the solution is quite good.
The scalability potential of the solution is great.View full review »
Lead Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
The solution is a switch and many of them do the same operations, it connects devices together.View full review »
The most valuable feature of the product is the console. The second most valuable feature is the technical support and the infrastructure behind the console.
The cloud part of Meraki Switches is very good. They also have a good GUI. It's a complete solution. I like the switching and the monitoring part.
This product has QoS, decent visibility of what's going on, and it's a managed switch.View full review »
Where they are in the market and the market segment with their cloud management is an impressive aspect of the solution that originally lead ut to the solution. The maturity with their cloud management is really great.
The technical support is quite good.
The initial setup is straightforward.View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The most valuable feature is the ability to segment my infrastructure between phones, security systems, and other tasks.
The dashboard is very easy to use.View full review »
The most valuable features are the cloud management, the monitoring, and the visibility available on the report's facts on the cloud controller.View full review »
Without any malware intervention, it will automatically provide you with notifications for the hardware updates from the dashboard.
You can connect from the dashboard itself. It is very easy to operate.View full review »
The most valuable feature of this solution is the interface because it is very simple and easy to learn, even for somebody who hasn't seen it before.
The remote management from the cloud is very good.
The security features are very good.View full review »
The SD-WAN capability is already integrated and it is excellent.
It can easily tie into the backend of Azure.
The most valuable feature is the granular visibility that they provide with a single pane of glass. It is a very useful dashboard.View full review »
Senior Consultant at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is the ability to orchestrate the network from the cloud.
These switches are simple to use and the user interface is good.View full review »
Security & ICT Product Manager at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees
The solution is easy to configure and to deploy.
The interface is great. It's easy to understand for the customer.View full review »
IT Engineer at a printing company with 201-500 employees
It is easy to set up and easy to monitor. It is also easy to check the status of the switch.View full review »
Assistant Manager -Enterprise Networking Solutions at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
We find value in its ability to enable cloud management and visibility. They are also easy to deploy. It's very convenient because you can see who is accessing, what type of UI system they're using, what applications they're using, the bandwidth, and more. Management is also easy as you can access and manage the switches from anywhere. As it's managed on the cloud, we can support customers remotely if there's a problem.View full review »
Delivery Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The solution's most valuable aspect is the ease of stacking. The configuration on the MS Switches is very good, as well as its ability to assign the LANs.
The visibility of the solution is very good.View full review »
Network Administrator at a leisure / travel company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I like the feature that allows us to copy conditions from one port to another.View full review »
Head of IT at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
The technical support is very good. They offer some of the best support on the market.View full review »
Syed Masood A.
Sr. Presales Consultant at a integrator with 501-1,000 employees
This is a very easy solution to deploy.
The management is cloud-based so you do not have to be on-premises to work with it.
It is easy to configure using the cloud-accessible web-based interface.View full review »
The most valuable feature is cloud management. In particular, if you are required to manage the switch remotely then this is a good solution.
The SD-WAN features are very good.View full review »
The solution is very user-friendly.View full review »
A valuable feature is the console of the dashboard which is pretty integrated. It's also easy for the client to monitor their dashboard.View full review »
I like that this solution is easy to configure and it provides complete visibility of the graphic end point.View full review »
A good feature of Meraki is that you can access a single pane of glass and you can configure all the devices via the same access and just change the menus.View full review »