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Pros
"The performance is pretty good.""They're easy to update.""Console of the dashboard is well integrated.""It is easy to work with.""You can connect from the dashboard itself. It is very easy to operate.""The main features of Meraki MS Switches are integration, high quality, and hardware guarantee.""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.""The most valuable feature about Meraki is the console. The second most valuable feature, to me, is the technical support and the infrastructure behind the console."

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"We have not had any downtime with it. It has been a solid performer that way.""I think they have very strong routers because they have multiple processors. I like its easy configuration with applications. For example, configuration with Linux, Iptables, and routing protocols.""We make use of a script that will automatically re-route traffic when connections are slow.""The pricing is very reasonable. It's not too expensive.""This equipment is resilient and available at a good price.""This is a good solution.""MikroTik Routers and Switches are stable""The solution is stable."

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Cons
"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 licensing model needs to be improved.""It would be good to include the command-line access someday.""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.""I would like to add a voice capability to Meraki, to make a call or receive a call.""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 pain point for our customers is the pricing and it should be reduced to make it more competitive.""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."

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"The solution's website isn't that good. When I go to it, I can't find what I'm looking for. However, if I go to a third party's website, I can easily find the information.""Better security is always better. If they can continue to improve in this area, that would be ideal.""It is slow, old and unfriendly.""Sometimes, when I need to reboot or change software, MikroTik crashes.""The batch management could be improved.""The Soft-GRE support needs to be improved.""Technical support could be better. They don't have good support like Cisco. It can also be more stable and scalable.""It could be more scalable. Product awareness could also be better. There's a lack of awareness when it comes to MikroTik. People only know about Cisco and others, and they won't rely on MikroTik. This is primarily because of hardware limitations. While this product is good economically, it's unsuitable for high-end projects. In the next release, I want this product to be more compatible."

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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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  • "This product is cheaper than competing products by other vendors."
  • "There are not any external or hidden costs."
  • "The price-performance is great."
  • "MikroTik is very cost-effective and quite good for the price. It performs very well. For one of our customers, the existing setup comprises Cisco Catalyst switches, and it is about 10 to 15 years old. We're looking into upgrading in a cost-effective way to get the performance and yet still be at par with the quality and expectations that customers have from Cisco. Price-wise, Cisco is really expensive, and customers are expecting something different than Cisco so that they can save on IT costs. They don't have the same budget that they had before when they installed Cisco products. That's why they're looking for a solution that can provide performance and features without too much money or investment. We're looking at some alternative brands, such as NETGEAR and MikroTik, to support our proposal."
  • "The main reason we use this solution is for the price — it's very cheap."
  • "Pricing is not an issue."
  • "The pricing is very reasonable and is one of the main selling points for MikroTik devices."
  • "When you buy a license, it is for life and you don't need to buy another one every year."
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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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    Cisco Enterprise Routers are very stable and easy to use. They offer a very solid performance and are very secure. They also have a very good, long lifespan. We feel the command configuration is very… more »
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    Ubiquiti Unifi is a great solution. For starters, it is easy to configure and implement, and doesn’t require a learning curve because it is easy to use. It is also simple to reconfigure an AP or… more »
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    I have found one of the most valuable features to be the hotspot network.
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    Also Known As
    MS220, MS320, MS420
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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.
    The Made for Mikrotik program consists of two parts: "Mikrotik certified Integrators" and "Mikrotik certified Accessories". MikroTik Certified Accessories are made by Mikrotik approved companies, who make accessories specifically for MikroTik products. This includes RouterBOARD compatible cases, outdoor antennas and other products. MikroTik Certified Integrators are companies who make turnkey solutions based on Mikrotik RouterBOARD and RouterOS, their products include assembled CPE/AP devices, preinstalled Integrated antennas and Rackmount solutions assembled for and with RouterOS.
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    Sample Customers
    Cisco Live Milan, Hyatt
    ABB, Boingo Wireless, JPL, HP, Allied Telesis, iPass, Mips Technologies, MicroAge, Matsushita, Telia, undp, WFP, NASA
    Top Industries
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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%
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    University22%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Engineering Company6%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Comms Service Provider51%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Government5%
    Media Company4%
    Company Size
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    Small Business63%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise17%
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    Small Business60%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise9%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Meraki MS Switches vs. MikroTik Routers and Switches and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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    Meraki MS Switches is ranked 7th in Ethernet Switches with 34 reviews while MikroTik Routers and Switches is ranked 3rd in Ethernet Switches with 24 reviews. Meraki MS Switches is rated 8.8, while MikroTik Routers and Switches is rated 7.8. 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 Routers and Switches writes "Good pricing with good features that are comparable to Cisco". Meraki MS Switches is most compared with Aruba Switches, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, NETGEAR Switches, Fortinet FortiSwitch - Secure Access and Cisco Ethernet Switches, whereas MikroTik Routers and Switches is most compared with Cisco Enterprise Routers, Ubiquiti UniFi Switches, Aruba Switches, MikroTik Cloud Router Switch and Cisco Cloud Services Router. See our Meraki MS Switches vs. MikroTik Routers and Switches report.

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