2020-01-28 19:07:00 UTC

Can Cisco Meraki and Cisco Wireless work in the same environment?


I work as a Network Engineer for the government.

We are currently researching Cisco Meraki and Cisco Wireless. Can they work together or are they independent from one another?

Thanks! I appreciate the help. 

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Top 5Consultant

The two solutions are different from each other. Very briefly, you cannot have Meraki APs via a Cisco WLC and vice versa.

Meraki is a cloud managed solution, while Cisco has both cloud and on- prem offerings.

They both have different positionings depending on customer requirements.

2020-02-03 21:59:41 UTC
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Based on IEEE standard, different technology can work together. For instance: You can connect a Non Meraki Wireless AP with Meraki switch and it works fine.
However when its comes to integrity and single dashboard management Approach, Meraki Dashboard do not allow any Non Meraki appliances to get managed and monitored from their dashboard.

2020-01-30 06:19:33 UTC
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Based on the IEEE standard, different technology can work together. For instance: You can connect a non-Meraki Wireless AP with Meraki switch and it works fine.

However, when it comes to integrity and a single dashboard management approach, Meraki dashboards do not allow any non-Meraki appliances to get managed and monitored from their dashboard.

2020-01-30 06:17:49 UTC
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They can't be integrated today. I saw that because as time passes I would believe you would see these technologies begin to converge. But today it is for sure independent of each other.

2020-01-29 20:09:42 UTC
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

They should work well together. We have set up Meraki so as to include both the desktop computers and the wireless system. I can access both through the same Meraki page.

2020-01-29 14:51:40 UTC
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Meraki wireless is a cloud based solution and CISCO is hardware based solution. Both are independent and cannot be integrated with each other.

2020-01-29 12:44:00 UTC
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Top 5User

Hi Gilberto,

All answers are correct.
Adding a new point, currently through the Cisco SDN platform (DNA Center), it is possible to have visibility of the Cisco platforms (Aironet / Catalyst) and Meraki Cloud Managed Solutions.
Documentation: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/collateral/cloud-systems-management/dna-center/nb-06-dna-center-data-sheet-cte-en.html#MerakiVisibilityinCiscoDNACenter

Last but not least, Meraki have several API commands available to use.
https://documenter.getpostman.com/view/7928889/SVmsVg6K?version=latest#5ae08230-26a7-48de-91b8-ebcb843bbe6d

Best,

-- Urik

2020-03-08 15:35:41 UTC
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Top 5Consultant

Having said this, just wanted to add that they could work in the same environment but that would not be an ideal situation.

2020-02-03 22:00:42 UTC
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Meraki is cloud-managed. Cisco WLC is on-premise managed. Both are independent and cannot be integrated with each other.

2020-01-30 09:51:06 UTC
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Generally speaking, yes. Is it the best solution, no. The control of the RF environment will be made by two independent controllers, who leave spaces for the interference and over-the-air protocol conflicts which lead to poor performance and poor user experience. This also depends on how critical the scenario is. If you are talking about a 20 people office, you will have no problem. If you're talking about an auditorium for 500 people, you will have problems.

In terms of management and reporting, you can integrate both solutions. This is valid for Cisco Meraki and Cisco Wireless, or Cisco Meraki and any other wireless vendor. For example, you can achieve the same integration results with Meraki and Huawei or Cisco Wireless and Aruba HPE.

2020-01-30 09:40:31 UTC
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