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Luis Mendes
Real User
Network Security Engineer at Techbase
Jul 01 2019

What is most valuable?

The feature I find most valuable is the auto VPN. That is because it is really easy to configure and it's really reliable. The way we do traffic shaping and the way we… more»

How has it helped my organization?

These particular firewalls are a very good solution for a company that doesn't have an IT employee working directly on IT. For small companies with no IT department, it is… more»

What needs improvement?

The product could improve most by improving the client VPN. The auto VPN works for site-to-site but they have an issue with the client VPN. For example, if I connect the… more»

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

We are using the advanced Meraki license. We pay on a monthly basis. The cost depends on the size of the company, of course. The prices of all different brands — Cisco… more»

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

We are installing Sophos for clients as well. Because we had so many clients interested in the capabilities of the Meraki products, it was time for us to know more about… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would give this solution about an eight out of ten. They can buy the brand directly or from a partner. They need to consider performance. I have to be totally honest… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Every time we consider introducing a new brand here in the company, we need to evaluate it very well. If you mix a lot of brands, you need a broader knowledge base and… more»
Real User
CEO at ITSG SA
Jul 01 2019

What is most valuable?

One of the things I found very important for us is for our sites to have a new device. Another was to be able to have two solutions with the ease of firewalls to control everything. We use Meraki MX firewalls remote for small to bigger sites. One also was to have integration with have physical DC… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are currently replacing all other old firewalls with new Meraki systems in the next two years. We do this first for new sites and for sites that need to change. We do not change everything in one step also because of budget and also because of deployment requirements. This is a worldwide… more»

What needs improvement?

We are currently having a problem with Meraki in the end product. They have two kinds of enterprise licenses and an advanced security license. The problem is that the two licenses do not currently integrate. We have to create separate companies and do an interconnection between these licenses. Even… more»

What other advice do I have?

On a scale from 1 to 10, I would rate this product a 7. For us, the license is a big issue and we need to get better facilities, i.e. the original problem. From any country, it's not easy to manage a product remotely across the world. We are supporting little companies and compatibilities for three… more»
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Phillip Peerman
Real User
Supervisor of IT Infrastructure & Cybersecurity at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Jul 12 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 browser and you can manage the solution. The dashboard tracks your uplink… 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 centralize all clients under one single pane of glass. They offer a dynamic DNS, so… more»

What needs improvement?

Some advanced enterprise features are missing, but for SMBs this solution is a dream to deploy and manage. Complex environments should look elsewhere, but I personally have not ran across anything… 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 management overhead, I am very pleased with Meraki’s solution.

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 clients were at the top of my list for switching to Meraki MX. The learning… 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 for the worse.
Amr Khalil
Real User
LTE RF Optimization Sr. Engineer at Spectrum
Jun 30 2019

What is most valuable?

The features we have found most valuable are the firewall and the monitoring tools.

How has it helped my organization?

It's the vision of the company through the managing directors to use Meraki as a solution for switches. I suggested using the firewall or a private solution like… more»

What needs improvement?

This product has room for improvement. The main features not included with the firewall is the virtual domain. With Meraki, the interface for the virtual domain could be… more»

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

Our license for the Meraki MX firewall is on an annual basis.

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

I was using Cisco and FortiGate.

What other advice do I have?

For this solution, Meraki is still more expensive than FortiGate. The FortiGate license is still less than the Meraki license. On a scale from 1 to 10, I would rate Meraki… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I am not switching to Meraki. I am combining. I'm combining to be consistent with FortiGate as it has a more powerful graph. If I do not renew the license in Meraki, the… more»
Jim Arvas
Real User
IT Support Specialist at PAGOUNI S.A.
Jun 29 2019

What is most valuable?

When you try to create an IP or when you have an alert about when a website is banned, these features are helpful.

How has it helped my organization?

One improvement from Meraki is security. It improves security in our network. We don't have any problems with receiving intrusion alerts now.

What needs improvement?

What I would like to see in the next version is to have more interfaces for WAN links. For example, if we have three providers, we can't connect to Meraki because it has only two WAN ports. I would… more»

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

We didn't have a firewall at all previously.

What other advice do I have?

I recommend anyone look towards the possibilities of firewalls of this caliber with Meraki. Research the top firewalls to compare, depending on how many users and the purpose of the need. It is great… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were evaluating between FortiGate firewalls and Meraki. Finally, we chose Meraki. But FortiGate is a very good option.
Jurgen Dendas
Real User
Network and Security Administrator at AJINOMOTO-OMNICHEM
Jul 11 2019

What is most valuable?

Out of the features, I think the web filtering is most important here, and the SD-WAN solution.

What needs improvement?

Currently, if you make a rule in the firewall you have to add all of the IPs. If I'm working with an object for, say, an object group, where I put every single IP that I want into it, and then I apply it on a rule, it's a little bit easier to configure because you have a better overview of that. The… more»

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

We previously used Cisco ASA. We switched because it was an all-in-one solution. With Cisco, we couldn't configure the ASA-1, so we needed special equipment. It became an expensive solution. Meraki is also expensive, but it's a little bit less expensive and it's easier to configure than Cisco ASA.

What other advice do I have?

As advice, I would say that you should look first through the community and see the different issues that people are running up against, so you're aware of what's going on. Meraki is very easy to configure. So if you want an easy to configure firewall, I think Meraki is a good solution for you. I… more»
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 connection to multiple sites in a mesh environment in… 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 prevents us from being hacked and delivers information… 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 big plus. The Meraki UTM is excellent when you buy… 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 very grateful because we let them log in to the Meraki… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Fortinet, Barracuda, and other open source solutions.
Elie Cattan
Consultant
IT Specialist and Senior Consultant at Netserve
Jul 11 2019

What is most valuable?

We usually work with small businesses, so their requirements are simple. They just need to have a firewall to protect their internal network. Mainly that is it. So it's a simple firewall.

What needs improvement?

If Meraki could handle more than one internet connection and a bonding formula then that would be valuable. Load balancing options and ability to manage a couple of Internet connections, that's it. This is the main thing I see that the solution needs.

What other advice do I have?

In terms of advice, I would say you should really prepare for open source because you have more control. For us here, we are well trained in firewalling as we have access to open source software and we are good at it. Open source gets rid of all the licensing issues. Meraki is a good solution, but it's not the best solution out there. I would rate this solution a five out of ten.
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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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