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Pros
"All the features are available, even including the security. The access point enables the matching of any connectivity.""The GUI is user-friendly and the dashboards are good.""I have found the technical support to be one of the most valuable features.""The most valuable features are price, quality, and performance.""I like the way that it integrates with the ClearPass security system on-site.""The most valuable feature is the ease of setup and deployment.""The most valuable feature is reliability."

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"The initial setup is pretty straightforward.""The network security the solution provides is its most valuable aspect.""This product offers cloud-based configuration, so you can set it up from anywhere.""The most valuable feature is the ease of deployment.""The most valuable feature is cloud management.""The visibility of the site is most useful.""Meraki WLAN is easy to deploy, includes a cloud controller, and updates continuously. It also offers high visibility.""Meraki is a decent solution for a small company, and we use it in a pretty typical way. We need Teams and Zoom to work, and we need a high level of security because we want our business to remain confidential."

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Cons
"Right now, the integration between the support that you are getting from Hewlett-Packard, which is the parent company, and Aruba, they're not meshing together.""From the commercial-side the pricing side is fine but in other aspects, it could be lowered.""We have had stability issues with some types of portable devices.""The integration should be better.""This solution needs different models that are more specialized for certain customers.""Technical support is important to me and I feel that it is something that can be improved.""In the next release, the security should be improved by including support for WPA3."

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"There's nothing that special about it.""Quality of technical support varies.""If they could work on the Meraki firewall hardware, and add SSL decryption as well as more application control and deep packet inspection, that would be ideal.""We haven't had any issues with the solution. We like the way it works. There isn't anything I can think of that makes me worry that it might be lacking in a certain area.""Its price should be reduced.""They should introduce a grace period of 60 days after license expiry because as it is now, it automatically goes down and there is no grace period.""They're great. If there's anything that they need to change, it is just simplifying the site to which you go to make changes on the admin side.""When we are using SSID roaming, it is not flexible in terms of which AP it connects to."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is more affordable than Cisco."
  • "The price of this solution is approximately 1,000,000 ESP ($6,750 USD)."
  • "The price of this solution is better than some other vendors."
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  • "The pricing is based on a subscription and is a bit high at the moment."
  • "This solution is quite costly and there are costs in addition to the licensing fees."
  • "This solution is slightly more expensive than others, such as Ruckus Wi-Fi."
  • "It's not super expensive and it's not super cheap."
  • "The cost is not so much for Wireless LAN, but when you have to get the security license, it costs a lot."
  • "The price of the product could be cheaper."
  • "The price is on the high side when compared to Aruba."
  • "It is expensive."
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    Confidentiality Integrity and Availability Or just CIA are the basic elements of security. How secure is your WLAN Infrastructure. Can you clone an AP (exposing AP's integrity), can you sniff… more »
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    Also Known As
    MR18, MR26, MR32, MR34, MR66, MR72, Meraki Wireless LAN, Meraki WLAN
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    Overview
    Aruba Networks Wireless WAN enables communication anywhere people work. It supports BYO-everything and does it securely and reliably. And it makes life simpler for IT with automation and centralized management.
    Cisco Meraki access points are built from the highest grade components and carefully optimized for a seamless user experience. The outcome: faster connections, greater user capacity, more coverage, and fewer support calls. The Cisco Meraki dashboard gives visibility into the network users, their devices, and their applications. Armed with rich analytics, administrators can quickly create access control and application usage policies, optimizing both the end-user experience and network security.
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    Sample Customers
    The Pittsburgh Golf Club, Rio Rancho Public Schools, Amwaj Rotana - Jumeirah Beach Residence - Dubai, Trevecca Nazarene University
    Advanced Medical Transport, Banco de Guayaquil, Baylor Scott & White Health, BH Telecom, Bowling Green State University, Calligaris, Children's Hospital Colorado, City of Biel, Del Papa Distributing, Department of Justice, Dimension Data, Dualtec Cloud Builders, Electricity Authority of Cyprus, Grupo Industrial Saltillo (GIS), Hertz, K&L Gates , LightEdge, Lone Star College System, Management Science Associates, Mindtree, NBC Olympics, Quest, Sony Corporation, The Department of Education in Western Australia, Valley Proteins
    Top Industries
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    Comms Service Provider35%
    University16%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Computer Software Company7%
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    Comms Service Provider20%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Educational Organization10%
    Non Profit7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider32%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government5%
    Educational Organization5%
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    Small Business41%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise41%
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    Small Business57%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise21%
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise51%
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    Aruba Networks Wireless WAN is ranked 5th in Wireless WAN with 7 reviews while Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is ranked 4th in Wireless LAN with 55 reviews. Aruba Networks Wireless WAN is rated 8.2, while Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Aruba Networks Wireless WAN writes "Allows you to easily scale your network infrastructure to support thousands of remote users". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN writes "Knowledgeable and helpful support, and it scales and load-balances to fit our needs". Aruba Networks Wireless WAN is most compared with Cambium, Ubiquiti Wireless and Fortinet FortiWLM, whereas Cisco Meraki Wireless LAN is most compared with Aruba Wireless, Ubiquiti Wireless, Cisco Wireless, Ruckus Wireless and Mist Access Points.

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