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Phillip Peerman
User
Supervisor of IT Infrastructure & Cybersecurity at a government with 51-200 employees
Jul 23 2018

What is most valuable?

The dashboard brings all management features with you wherever you are. All you need is an Internet connection and a... more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Easy of use * Remote management We are an MSP and Meraki provides MSPs with a combined management dashboard to... more»

What needs improvement?

Some advanced enterprise features are missing, but for SMBs this solution is a dream to deploy and manage. Complex... more»

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

Other content filtering solutions that I have used had more bells and whistles, but given the cost, complexity, and... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Previously I managed Cisco ASA equipment and enjoyed these firewalls. The need to train other admins and deployment at... more»

What other advice do I have??

I was very worried when Cisco purchased Meraki, but surprisingly, they have not changed the organization or product... more»
Rick Rutledge
Real User
Network Systems Administrator at a non-tech company with 51-200 employees
Jun 29 2017

What is most valuable?

The features we see and use the most are the SD-WAN, auto failover for dual ISP connections, auto failover for our VPN... more»

How has it helped my organization?

As the only network admin in the company, I have to monitor nine remote sites (production and shipping facilities) and... more»

What needs improvement?

I do wish you could control some ports locally from a console, but this is not the case. The only thing you can control... more»

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

Well, you get what you pay for. If you want good products that work well and are easy to configure, as well as remote... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We used to be an HPE shop. I pulled out all that equipment, and installed Meraki switches and firewalls. It’s been so... more»

What other advice do I have??

Make sure you have your network planned out, mapped out and you can see exactly where you need the devices installed.... more»
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Aimee White
Real User
Website and EComm at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 13 2017

What do you think of Meraki MX Firewalls?

I was using the Meraki MX Firewall with a complete Meraki set up (WAPs over 43 acres) and, in general, it was a really lovely system to administer.  We had a problem with our MX100 and Meraki sent us a spare the next day so we'd have it on hand in case of issues - we did end up doing a swap to check if this solved the problem. The swap took less than an hour to have it up and running. Meraki products are great for swapping in and out and generally administering. I don't think you need to have much training to deal with most Meraki appliances - the user interface is very easy to sort. It's cloud based and I never had problems accessing it. I've taken some screenshots from the Meraki PDF on the MX100. This gives you an idea of the kind of thing you're going to see in...
Javier Jaime
Real User
DIRECTOR
Jan 28 2018

What is most valuable?

* Managed centrally over the web: You can manages all your Meraki devices in a single account. * Site to Site VPN: The device can establish a... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Meraki lets us control all the traffic data and analyze it. The Traffic Shaping lets us install voice servers and give quality of service. It... more»

What needs improvement?

It would be great if the Meraki devices let us see, in real time, the internet demand on a single device.

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

It is more expensive than other solutions, but it is a cloud-managed network solution and support is given at the moment you call. That give a... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Fortinet. We switched to Meraki because it lets you see what's happening in your LAN and WAN in a graphic and web environment. Our customers are... more»
Jeff Khan
Real User
Managing Partner, Sr. Solutions Architect, Speaker, Courseware Developer, Technical Trainer at a tech services company
Jan 21 2017

What is most valuable?

AutoVPN features allow you extremely simple mesh or site to site IPSEC VPN tunnels with no configuration. It's self managed and saves a bunch of time and effort. Setup and configuration is cloud controller based so you just setup anything you... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Setup and configuration could not be quicker. Their support is also unlimited, you call, you get a person who knows what they're doing and they always solve the problem.

What needs improvement?

There are a few things that are odd that I can do with other firewall products that I can't do with a Meraki. Such as - wanting to setup two firewalls in front of the same protected subnet. Since they 'act' like one when they are added, it... more»
Paal
Real User
CFO at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Jan 18 2018

What is most valuable?

Auto-setup VPN between locations and the simple "cloud-panel" to administer all devices with an elegant overview, all... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Minimal fuss. Stable and fast enough. Easy to administer and saves time when you have many smaller locations that you... more»

What needs improvement?

It can always improve pricewise regarding throughput.

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

You get what you pay for. With this device, "anybody" can set it up. Should keep IT man hours to a minimum.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Smaller devices: SonicWall, ZyXel, etc. We switched to get the Auto VPN function and the brilliant administrator panel,... more»

What other advice do I have??

The solution is simple, fast to set up, and brilliant for its use.
Alex D
Real User
Cloud Networking at a tech services company
Jul 12 2017

What is most valuable?

Cloud IT Management is the technology of the future, which is most valuable because: * Users can manage and troubleshoot from anywhere. * It's easy to set up, configure, and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

* Easy and simple to deploy for new branch * Easy and simple to troubleshoot from anywhere * We are better secured * Good warranty

What needs improvement?

It can be improved in many areas, because it has many proprietary models for many different areas.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

Some older solutions which we had before, we converted to this solution and used old technology that was difficult to control.
Frank Theilen
Real User
IT Adviser/Manager with 51-200 employees
Jun 28 2017

What is most valuable?

The solution was cloud managed, so I could access it from anywhere and deploy it with zero configuration.

How has it helped my organization?

Slowness or security can now be answered instantly.

What needs improvement?

The event logging, alerting, and reporting features could use improvement.

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

Compare total costs (setup and management), taking in mind that cloud features do more than just stop traffic on the... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

I previously used Cisco and I switched because of missing manageability.

What other advice do I have??

This is not just a firewall, but also an anti-virus, SPAM and proxy service. Be prepared for a new way of managing... more»
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What is Meraki MX Firewalls?

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.
Also known as
MX64, MX64W, MX84, MX100, MX400, MX600
Meraki MX Firewalls customers
Hyatt, ONS
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