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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Ethernet Switches vs. Meraki MS Switches and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"It is very scalable.""These switches are both stable and scalable.""Tech support has always been good.""Cisco's support is number one in the world.""Cisco as a whole is flexible.""In terms of most valuable feature, I would say the user interface.""I know this solution for many years. I know the GUI and commands, and they are useful for me. I have all the functions that I want.""These switches help to build the best network, the way we want it."

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"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 is the ability to segment my infrastructure between phones, security systems, and other tasks.""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.""You can access a single pane of glass and configure all the devices via the same access.""You can connect from the dashboard itself. It is very easy to operate.""They're easy to update.""The performance is pretty good.""I like the support, and basically, that's why I'm using Meraki by Cisco."

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Cons
"There could be an improvement in the licensing by reducing the price of the different types, such as essential, advantage, and premium.""Cisco could definitely work on delivering improved pricing to its customers.""In terms of features, all features are there. I can't find anything new that needs to be added. Its price, however, is a bit higher than other brands and can be improved.""Cisco needs to include new features to attract new customers.""You do have to buy into the Cisco architecture to be able to use them.""If Cisco Ethernet Switches can work both on-prem and in the cloud, it would be an advantage.""Cisco has a lot of propriety protocols compared to other products, such as Arista Networks.""One thing we did have to work around is, on the broadcast side, we're reliant on the PTP protocol, precision time protocol, and the Cisco switches in general, don't support that."

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"The solution does not fit all use cases.""I don't think that the cost is a problem, but sometimes the price requires convincing the customer of the value.""The throughputs, especially the throughput path, can be improved on the core switches. I think they should improve the throughput in the core switches to enable higher throughputs.""It would be great if the switch can identify the IP address connected to the network port. It seems most of the switches cannot identify the IP address. They can identify the MAC address but not the IP address.""This is quite an expensive solution.""The stability of the solution isn't ideal. We've had a lot of problems with the switches. They are unstable and unreliable. We need to reboot them often.""The licensing model needs to be improved.""Mandatory maintenance is an area that needs improvement."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The solution does not require a license. However, it is expensive and the price could improve.""The cost of this solution is expensive.""Cisco products are not cheap, which is something that can be improved.""In addition to the fees being high, you pay for support which is also on the higher side.""Cisco now has more products that are priced for small businesses, so they do have some cheaper models.""Price is a pain point for us. We've lost a lot of bids, and the reason has been that we majorly quoted Cisco devices. Some of our competitors quoted other devices like Ubiquity or Microchip. Some even quoted this Chinese product TP-Link, and they won the bid over us because we quoted Cisco. Meanwhile, the major reason why we quoted Cisco is reliability and stability from day one. They also last longer. The prices could be worked on so that they become more affordable. We had to deploy a city-wide WiFi network, and we were working in conjunction with Google. Because of the price, even Google recommended a product called Ruckus, so we used Ruckus over Cisco. Its price and license were the main reasons. You have to pay to renew the license every year. Even though you also renew the licenses for Ruckus, but they are much cheaper than Cisco. So, while I would recommend Cisco any time, the trouble remains with the pricing.""It could be cheaper.""Its price is a bit higher than other brands. Indian customers are price-conscious. They should improve its price."

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"When you compare it to other switches like HP, Juniper, and Ruckus, Meraki MS Switches are cheaper.""Meraki is a little bit expensive, but when you compare the pricing with others, Meraki is a good option.""The solution is a bit on the pricey side.""We paid for our switches outright, at a cost of between $15,000 USD and $18,000 USD.""The pricing is overvalued in relation to the product's performance.""They can get the price down for small businesses. The way I bought it, I paid hardly anything, and I got all my licensing with it. The firewall appliance is around $900, and the switches are around $150. This is for the device itself. For licensing, I signed at $70 or something like that for the switch. Technical Support is included in this.""Its price is definitely competitive.""The pricing is high and it is where we get the most pushback from customers."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Hello Mesfin It depends on the real scenario, the cisco 2960 is a very good device and they usually have routing functions but there are many different models within the same 2960 line, and on the… more »
Top Answer: We researched Cisco but ultimately chose Fortinet FortiSwitch Secure Access, mostly because of the price. Fortinet FortiSwitch is an ethernet switch solution that provides security and performance… more »
Top Answer: Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether Cisco or Juniper Ethernet switches were the better fit for us. We decided to go with Juniper. Juniper ethernet switches are a lesser-known… more »
Top Answer: Easily installable, with good scalability, stability and technical support.
Top Answer: I choose to rate the product a nine out of ten because of the cost. Remember, you and I are not paying for the equipment. Someone is paying for it. Someone has to be willing to pay the premium for… more »
Top Answer: Performance is an area in need of improvement. Other systems, such as Juniper switches, perform better for the same or less money. For consistency and ease of use, Cisco is definitely better, but… more »
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Also Known As
Cisco Industrial Ethernet Switches
MS220, MS320, MS420
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Overview
Cisco Ethernet Switches scale to meet the needs of networks of all sizes. They are Secure, Reliable and Seamless.
The Cisco Meraki MS brings the benefits of the cloud to networks of all sizes: simplified management, reduced complexity, network wide visibility and control, with lower operational cost for campus and branch deployments. Cisco Meraki access switching is available in both Layer 2 and powerful Layer 3 models. Mission-critical features like deep, Layer 7 application visibility, network topology, virtual stacking, QoS for business critical applications, 802.1X access control, and more are present in all models.
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Sample Customers
Linz AG
Cisco Live Milan, Hyatt
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
University9%
Financial Services Firm8%
Comms Service Provider8%
Computer Software Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider34%
Computer Software Company16%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company5%
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider18%
Computer Software Company18%
Healthcare Company12%
Construction Company12%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company18%
Manufacturing Company5%
Government5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise27%
Large Enterprise34%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise51%
REVIEWERS
Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise16%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Ethernet Switches vs. Meraki MS Switches and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,382 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Cisco Ethernet Switches is ranked 1st in Ethernet Switches with 51 reviews while Meraki MS Switches is ranked 7th in Ethernet Switches with 33 reviews. Cisco Ethernet Switches is rated 8.6, while Meraki MS Switches is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Cisco Ethernet Switches writes "Stable and scalable solution for all business sizes". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Meraki MS Switches writes "Offers the ability to select multiple ports at a time in a checkbox". Cisco Ethernet Switches is most compared with NETGEAR Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access, Juniper Ethernet Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches and Brocade Ethernet Switches, whereas Meraki MS Switches is most compared with Aruba Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, NETGEAR Switches, HPE Ethernet Switches and Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches. See our Cisco Ethernet Switches vs. Meraki MS Switches report.

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