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Pros
"It's reliable and works well. It's pretty stable.""In terms of the most valuable features, I like the integration with the fabric. The network fabric completely integrates with wireless as well.""The stability of the solution has been fine.""The solution is easy to use and manage. Overall it is very simple to understand and users do not know it is a cloud solution.""The technical support from Extreme Networks is perfect.""The security is very good.""The most valuable feature is stability."

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"The most valuable feature is the ability to orchestrate the network from the cloud.""We are using the MS425 series. We like the ease of use, ease of administration, and central dashboard. Meraki also has fantastic documentation and community. With its central dashboard, we can deploy a generic configuration across hundreds of switches, rather than doing it in the old school way where an individual or a group of engineers would log onto each device via CLI, which takes a long time. So, everything is connected.""The main features of Meraki MS Switches are integration, high quality, and hardware guarantee.""I like the support, and basically, that's why I'm using Meraki by Cisco.""The most valuable feature is the ability to segment my infrastructure between phones, security systems, and other tasks.""It is easy to work with.""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.""The cloud part of Meraki Switches is very good. They also have a good GUI. It's a complete solution. I like the switching and the monitoring part."

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Cons
"The solution should offer better support.""The management portal is in need of improvement.""The reports could prove in ExtremeWireless. However, we are in the early stages of use and we might be able to configure them better.""The ability to integrate with network devices from other vendors would be helpful.""In the next release, I would like to see more security features.""The current product line is very high-level and is well suited for enterprise-level organizations, but they need a more cost-effective solution for smaller businesses."

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"Some people would have some reservations about the yearly subscription. Maybe they could offer an option of having a one-off or perpetual license to let people test it and see how it goes.""The pain point for our customers is the pricing and it should be reduced to make it more competitive.""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.""It would be great if they can get the price down for small businesses.""Mandatory maintenance is an area that needs improvement.""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.""The scalability and integrative abilities with on-premises systems could stand improvement.""The solution does not fit all use cases."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "There are both paid and free licenses of the cloud environment, with only basic functionality in the free version."
  • "The purchase of 350 access points cost approximately $250,000 USD."
  • "The solution is priced well and we currently are only paying for a license for maintenance."
  • "Our access points device is at its end of life. I can buy one more and then I must buy a new device, but if it is a new device it will not support the old virtual appliance. I would need to upgrade our virtual appliance to the next version or build a new virtual appliance with new devices, and it's not good for us. The overall licensing subscription could be better."
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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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    The stability of the solution has been fine.
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    Our access points device is at its end of life. I can buy one more and then I must buy a new device, but if it is a new device it will not support the old virtual appliance. I would need to upgrade… more »
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    In the next release, I would like to see more security features.
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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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    8.2
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    out of 37 in Ethernet Switches
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    Also Known As
    MS220, MS320, MS420
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    Overview
    Extreme ExtremeWireless Access Points deliver wired-like performance, at scale for high-density in every environment. Smart Access Points are equally adept for both distributed and centralized deployment models. ExtremeWireless Controllers provide advanced functionality to allow organizations to define how wireless voice/video/data traffic is processed without architectural constraints and in accordance with business needs.
    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
    St. Xavier High School, Americatel, Diamond Light Source
    Cisco Live Milan, Hyatt
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government8%
    Educational Organization6%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Healthcare Company11%
    Construction Company11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Government5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise38%
    Large Enterprise25%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business63%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise17%
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    ExtremeWireless is ranked 9th in Wireless LAN with 7 reviews while Meraki MS Switches is ranked 7th in Ethernet Switches with 34 reviews. ExtremeWireless is rated 8.2, while Meraki MS Switches is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of ExtremeWireless writes "A stable and secure solution that is straightforward to implement". 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". ExtremeWireless is most compared with Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN, Aruba Wireless, Ruckus Wireless, ExtremeCloud IQ and HPE Ethernet Switches, whereas Meraki MS Switches is most compared with Aruba Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, NETGEAR Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access and MikroTik Cloud Router Switch.

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