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Meraki MS Switches Valuable Features

Senior Network Engineer at Nipun Net Solutions

When it comes to troubleshooting, in the past we had to take the console and do configuration changes, and we had to be on location or have a VPN connection to access it. But with Meraki, there is the advantage that you have dashboard access via the internet and you can work on it from anywhere. With Meraki switches, there is virtual stacking. Let's say you have two branches where two different switches are located. I can take a few ports from switch 1 and few ports from switch 2 and I can do a virtual stack between these ports. And there is a port schedule, as well. For example, some customers want to do make budget choices to save power or something. There is a port schedule option to give power for access points through these PoE ports on a schedule you choose, like during office hours. Morning 9:00 to evening 6:30, and it will work only Monday to Friday. I can schedule so these ports will be running those times only. In an annual scenario, this can mean more savings for the customer.

You can select multiple ports at a time in a checkbox, and you can do a port configuration. If uplinks are required, you can configure that, too. There are a couple of tools available in the Tools section where you can do ARP, Ping, LED status, etc. If any network goes down or is getting any warnings, you'll get an immediate amber symbol. We'll get alerts and an immediate email even if one link goes down or anything is wrong. We require some additional integrated tools for when a switch is down, like WhatsUp Gold, or SolarWinds. So on the back-end, we need to integrate our email servers into the process. We need more tools for that. But in the dashboard, it all comes together and gives greater visibility, including the UX pack if you want - everything will be there.

The features part is good. Everything in terms of access and everything else.

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Supervisor of IT Infrastructure & Cybersecurity at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees

Setting up a switch can be performed prior to having your hands on the device. Once you purchase a Meraki switch you will get an email from Meraki with a code to add to your dashboard and then you can start setting up your switch so when it arrives it will download its configuration and be all setup. It is practically zero-touch deployment. Firmware upgrades on devices are pushed from the cloud and typically only bring the device down for a minute or two while applied. The built-in packet capture on them allows easier troubleshooting even when you are not onsite.

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IT Support Executive at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees

The dashboard and the interface, in general, are good features. We can work globally and anybody can log in from our web-based console to use it. Everything from switches to access points can be used from a single dashboard.

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AA
Technical Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The switches, overall, are very good.

The newest switches, in particular, are excellent.

The initial setup is simple.

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WM
Consulting Engineer at IV4

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.

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Owner at Tech Exchange

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.

I think their feature set is far better than most

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ITSM SME at Valencia Advisors IIP

Being able to look at every port and see what it is connected to is very useful. Everything seems to be running really well. They've got everything covered.

They have a really cool mounting system at the bottom and an access point that you can use to level up your device. It is kind of cool.

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JG
Director of Institutional Technology at a non-tech company with 51-200 employees

Having the Meraki GUI controlled elements meant that I could train my help desk guys without having to try and teach a command line.

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Founder at SDWAN Clan

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.

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AI
Director, Network and Telephony at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees

It is easy to work with. 

The dashboard is awesome. It provides you with very rich information, and when it comes to troubleshooting, it provides you with a wealth of information on the network about what is going on.

It tells you what traffic goes out and what traffic comes in.

It's very good. It provides you with a very deep look and there is a lot of good information if you need it.

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Sales Engineer at Logicom

The cloud management on the solution is very good.

The Wi-Fi 6 for access points is excellent.

The performance is pretty good.

We've found the initial setup very simple.

The stability of the solution is quite good.

The scalability potential of the solution is great.

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RS
Lead Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The solution is a switch and many of them do the same operations, it connects devices together.

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IT Manager at a construction company with 10,001+ employees

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. It picks up from there. Management is easy.

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Vice President - Operations & Client Support at Scicom Infrastructure Services

The most valuable feature of the product is the console. The second most valuable feature is the technical support and the infrastructure behind the console.

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Principal & Director of Operations at Net3IT

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.

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BL
Senior IT Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

All switching technologies are pretty much the same. The best thing I could say is that I like how I can see everything on one dashboard along with the access point in MX. I prefer how you see everything in the dashboard easily, with no command-line interface. It makes it easy to check in to Meraki and easy to configure.

They're easy to update. Everything seems to be stable with Meraki switches the last couple of years.

We support clients and we do a lot of stuff remotely, and we can easily see everything remotely. You don't need to be a network engineer to support Meraki.

The setup is easy. It's pretty plug-and-play.

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AK
Video conferencing Admin at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

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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Owner at Mar Consulting Services

This product has QoS, decent visibility of what's going on, and it's a managed switch.

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President at Vertisys LLC

Where they are in the market and the market segment with their cloud management is an impressive aspect of the solution that originally lead ut to the solution. The maturity with their cloud management is really great.

The technical support is quite good.

The initial setup is straightforward.

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MB
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

The most valuable feature is the ability to segment my infrastructure between phones, security systems, and other tasks.

The dashboard is very easy to use.

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Technical Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

Without any malware intervention, it will automatically provide you with notifications for the hardware updates from the dashboard.

You can connect from the dashboard itself. It is very easy to operate.

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President at Virtual Tech Computer Solutions

The SD-WAN capability is already integrated and it is excellent.

It can easily tie into the backend of Azure.

The most valuable feature is the granular visibility that they provide with a single pane of glass. It is a very useful dashboard.

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AL
Senior Consultant at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees

The most valuable feature is the ability to orchestrate the network from the cloud.

These switches are simple to use and the user interface is good.

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JH
IT Engineer at a printing company with 201-500 employees

It is easy to set up and easy to monitor. It is also easy to check the status of the switch.

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DW
Assistant Manager -Enterprise Networking Solutions at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

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. Management is also easy as you can access and manage the switches from anywhere. As it's managed on the cloud, we can support customers remotely if there's a problem.

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MD and CEO at Aster Networks Pvt Ltd

The most valuable feature is cloud management. In particular, if you are required to manage the switch remotely then this is a good solution.

The SD-WAN features are very good.

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Senior Consulting and Design Engineer at Claro Ecuador

A valuable feature is the console of the dashboard which is pretty integrated. It's also easy for the client to monitor their dashboard. 

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TS
CIO at U.S. Metals, Inc.

I like the support, and basically, that's why I'm using Meraki by Cisco.

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CECEO, ICT & Privacy ConsultantO at CHIP COMPUTERS S.r.l.

I like that this solution is easy to configure and it provides complete visibility of the graphic end point. 

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JG
Director at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

I find administration management and the cloud to be valuable features.

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Digital Solutions Arquitect - PaaS at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

A good feature of Meraki is that you can access a single pane of glass and you can configure all the devices via the same access and just change the menus.

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Preventa TI at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The main features of Meraki MS Switches are integration, high quality, and hardware guarantee.

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