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Pros
"Quality of Service is easy to deploy. The ease of deployment, in general, is valuable. It is easy to do port configuration and VLAN assignments.""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.""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.""Provides good statistics and it doesn't require teaching command lines.""The technical support is quite good.""It is easy to configure and provides complete visibility of the graphic end point.""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.""The most valuable feature is cloud management."

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"The wiki page that describes the scripting and other features is very good.""Some of the most valuable features are the simplicity, cost, usability, and power. As a package, it's extremely effective.""This solution is very similar to the on-premises version making it easy to use for those who know the architect.""The most valuable feature is that it has better throughput than its competitors.""There are a lot of features to control permitting or stopping packets in the network.""The GUI is easy to use."

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Cons
"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.""In terms of troubleshooting, if we get more tools there is an issue.""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.""I would like to add a voice capability to Meraki, to make a call or receive a call.""This is quite an expensive solution.""Doesn't enable a local configuration without internet access.""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."

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"Antispam and antivirus features should be included in the future.""There has to be more development in the OS. It's complex for this switch as compared to others like Cisco. For NetGear and Cisco, it's easy to adapt the VLAN concept but it should be simplified for MikroTik.""If MikroTik had a marketing team and support team in India then it would be much easier for us to get the product, as well as support.""The user interface could improve and they should allow a license for IBS.""Stuff that I'd like to be improved is really just training and documentation because I think the feature set is full. Another improvement I'd suggest is that their new, bigger releases should be a bit more stable.""Improvements are needed with respect to some of the security, especially for VPN links between vendors other than Cisco."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "MikroTik is really cheap compared to the competitors."
  • "This product has a one-time cost and there is no licensing fee."
  • "The price of the solution is fair and there is a one-time license purchase only."
  • "They came with the licensing when we purchased them."
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    This solution is very similar to the on-premises version making it easy to use for those who know the architect.
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    The price of the solution is fair and there is a one-time license purchase only.
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    The user interface could improve and they should allow a license for IBS.
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    Also Known As
    MS220, MS320, MS420
    MikroTik CRS Series
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    Overview
    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.
    MikroTik Cloud Router Switch is a new Smart Switch series. It combines the best features of a fully functional router and a Layer 3 switch, is powered by the familiar RouterOS. All the specific Switch configuration options are available in a special Switch menu, also ports can be removed from the switch configuration, and used for routing purposes.
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    Sample Customers
    Cisco Live Milan, Hyatt
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    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Healthcare Company11%
    Construction Company11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Government5%
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    Comms Service Provider48%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Government6%
    Educational Organization4%
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    Small Business63%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise17%
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    Small Business63%
    Midsize Enterprise38%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Meraki MS Switches vs. MikroTik Cloud Router Switch and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    Meraki MS Switches is ranked 7th in Ethernet Switches with 34 reviews while MikroTik Cloud Router Switch is ranked 14th in Ethernet Switches with 6 reviews. Meraki MS Switches is rated 8.8, while MikroTik Cloud Router Switch is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Meraki MS Switches writes "Offers the ability to select multiple ports at a time in a checkbox". On the other hand, the top reviewer of MikroTik Cloud Router Switch writes "A flexible and cost-effecting product with powerful scripting capability". Meraki MS Switches is most compared with Aruba Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, NETGEAR Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access and Fortinet FortiSwitch - Data Center, whereas MikroTik Cloud Router Switch is most compared with MikroTik Routers and Switches, Netgate TNSR, Cisco Enterprise Routers, Mellanox Switches and HPE Ethernet Switches. See our Meraki MS Switches vs. MikroTik Cloud Router Switch report.

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