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Phillip Peerman
Real User
Supervisor of IT Infrastructure & Cybersecurity at Easton Utilities at a government with 51-200 employees
Mar 01 2019

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»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Previously I managed Cisco ASA equipment and enjoyed these firewalls. The need to train other admins and deployment at MSP… 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 lines… 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 12… 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»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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. Get… more»
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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 VPN… 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 very… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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»
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 from… 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 have… 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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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.
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 edge… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

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»
Manuel Torfs
Real User
Company Owner at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Jan 21 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the cloud solution because it is configurable from anywhere. It is very user-friendly and not hard to learn.

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

We feel that Cisco provides smaller features with fewer possibilities versus other solutions out there.

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

Our users find the entire package quite expensive. The price of the application itself is not expensive but if you take a license, it costs more… more»

What other advice do I have?

It is a good fit for our business needs and our client needs.
Alex D
Real User
Cloud Networking at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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 manage. *… 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.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Some older solutions which we had before, we converted to this solution and used old technology that was difficult to control.
Juan Facundo Martinez
Real User
CISCO and AVAYA Product Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Feb 28 2018

What is most valuable?

We appreciate the ISP features: AMP, Antivirus, applications control, and traffic shaping. The dashboard is very intuitive and easy to understand.

How has it helped my organization?

In a week, we can make new policy and view what all our users did.

What needs improvement?

I think for now, it is good. However, we could have more reporting options and the ability to send alarms to the administrator.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Our organization had a traditional WAN. We had routers to connect our branches, which was a very complex solution. Now, with Cisco Meraki MX84, we have a SD-WAN, and we only need… 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
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Hyatt, ONS

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