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Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches vs. Meraki MS Switches and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"My work is able to continue because the switches are reliable.""The installation is easy.""The installation process is straightforward.""The installation is straightforward. We did not face any problems.""What matters most to me is the security of the product, and Cisco does a pretty good job.""Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches are pretty good overall.""I would recommend Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches to other organizations.""The solution is stable and reliable."

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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.""You can access a single pane of glass and configure all the devices via the same access.""The most valuable feature is cloud management.""The initial setup is simple.""It is easy to work with.""It is easy to set up and easy to monitor. It is also easy to check the status of the switch.""These switches are not expensive and their configuration is very easy. You can provision them on the dashboard, then you just connect them to everything.""To me, this is a product that meets all of the needs that anyone could possibly have for a networking device."

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Cons
"We'd prefer if the product, in general, was easier to use. It can be a bit difficult.""The user interface needs a lot of improvement.""The price of the solution should be lower and it should have better security and scalability.""We are expecting one software that can run across all of Cisco hardware, software, and Cisco Switch router, similar to what Juniper has.""The solution's framework and some of the techniques need improvement. I've been watching Aruba, and they have a lot of technologies within the access points. For example, it has a virtual controller to connect all Aruba switches.""The Cisco user interfaces can be difficult to use and maintain.""You do need a bit of knowledge about the solution. There's a small learning curve involved when implementing the product.""We are using an old version of this solution and it could be more stable."

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"I've had some hardware failure issues on the POE side on several switches across the years. There seems to be a problem with the POE ports of their unit system.""The solution does not fit all use cases.""The biggest area that they fall short on is comparing the performance.""It can have better security. It needs more security enhancements, and in particular, a zero-trust element. If we could have external and internal users vetted in the same way as a zero-trust network, that will be handy.""The traffic reporting should be better in Meraki MS Switches. We want to be able to see all the traffic and where it is going. Additionally, detailed device utilization information would be very helpful for the security personnel.""The scalability and integrative abilities with on-premises systems could stand improvement.""The MS Switches are incapable of doing trunking.""Meraki MS switches are great for pretty much all SMB networks and most enterprise networks. However, there are some higher-end functions that larger enterprise networks with full access, distribution, and core switch stack may find limiting."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price of Linksys products is pretty reasonable."
  • "The licensing cost is not bad and is actually very competitive within the product category."
  • "Pricing should be more competitive. There are other switches that are cheaper."
  • "Considering the problems that we have, Linksys is overpriced."
  • "It is costly. Because of its pricing, customers are not ready to buy Cisco solutions, and they are going for other brands."
  • "They are cheaper than Cisco Catalyst Switches."
  • "It is cheap."
  • "There can be limited features for the solution based on the pricing of the package you choose. You will need to pay more to get more performance. However, the router can perform even better with certain extra costs. Sometimes the budgets do not fit all these types of upgrades that become expensive."
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  • "The pricing is high and it is where we get the most pushback from customers."
  • "We paid for our switches outright, at a cost of between $15,000 USD and $18,000 USD."
  • "Its price is definitely competitive."
  • "Meraki is a little bit expensive, but when you compare the pricing with others, Meraki is a good option."
  • "This product is quite expensive."
  • "The licensing is purchased on a one, three, five, and seven year basis."
  • "The only drawback is the cost — that's what kills them."
  • "The yearly maintenance fee is $100 and you can purchase the switches used for about $200 each."
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    Questions from the Community
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    I have found the solution has great standards and compatibility across all vendors.
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    There can be limited features for the solution based on the pricing of the package you choose. You will need to pay more to get more performance. However, the router can perform even better with… more »
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    Its scalability can be better. It is not suitable for enterprises. It is for small and medium businesses. It also needs system improvements. It needs new technology to improve the system.
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    Easily installable, with good scalability, stability and technical support.
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    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 »
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    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
    Linksys Ethernet Switches
    MS220, MS320, MS420
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    Overview
    Linksys Ethernet Switches bring greater reliability and coverage to your home network.
    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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    Top Industries
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    Aerospace/Defense Firm11%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Manufacturing Company11%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government5%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Construction Company11%
    Healthcare Company11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Government5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business49%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise30%
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    Small Business63%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise17%
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    Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches is ranked 8th in Ethernet Switches with 25 reviews while Meraki MS Switches is ranked 7th in Ethernet Switches with 34 reviews. Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches is rated 7.8, while Meraki MS Switches is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches writes "Easy-to-use, with great product support, this versatile, mature product is a multi-faceted solution". 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 Linksys Ethernet Switches is most compared with NETGEAR Switches, Aruba Switches, D-Link Ethernet Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches and Huawei Ethernet Switches, whereas Meraki MS Switches is most compared with Aruba Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, NETGEAR Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access and Datto Networking Switches. See our Cisco Linksys Ethernet Switches vs. Meraki MS Switches report.

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