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Pros
"I love the simplicity of Meraki MX — specifically, the simplicity of the dashboard.""Meraki makes it easy to be secure and know where the holes are to fix them. We have been fixing anything that we have ever found for 20 years. We keep up-to-date with firmware upgrades. We just try to stay on top of everything for security, like maintaining updates and getting rid of old systems. I feel like we're on top of it.""We've had no issues with the scalability or the stability of this solution""In general, Meraki MX is easy to work with.""Dual WAN connections are greatly simplified and point-to-point VPNs automatically connect regardless of what WAN connection is active.""It is very easy to use and manage. It is also very easy to scale.""The most valuable feature is that we didn't have any problems with Meraki MX.""Both the scalability and the scalability are great with Meraki MX."

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"The most valuable features are flexibility, ease of setup, and it's a good product cost-wise.""They offer good antivirus solutions.""This product is user-friendly and easy to configure.""The most valuable features are that it is reasonably-priced and works well.""It allows us to block applications, i.e., websites by application type category. It is far more capable than content filtering alone.""We like the features, but the main thing is from a commercial and cost perspective it is very good.""User friendly and intuitive.""The most valuable aspect of the solution is its ability to work like any other firewall."

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Cons
"In the next release, because the security is pretty basic, I think they could include additional security features.""Meraki tech support staff have a lot more visibility into your network than you do, which is frustrating at times. I understand the approach is to keep the dashboard easier to understand. This will frustrate more advanced users at times.​""You cannot use switching behaviors as you see on the Meraki switch.""They need to improve the link between Meraki and Active Directory.""As far as what needs to be improved — nothing really comes to mind. It does what we need it to do.""From the improvement perspective, we need more monitoring capabilities. We want to have full-based access visibility, such as, what is happening when something is trying to reach and it is denying. We cannot see some parts of it. The integration of active directory with this product is not very fruitful. It has some bugs or lacks in the functionality of active directory integration. We are unable to identify where exactly and whether it has really applied our policy.""The security is not as strong as it could be""We have been having a problem with the VPN. When the energy goes down and is back again, the VPN link doesn't get established. We have to manually turn off the modems and other pieces of equipment and manually establish the VPN. It has been around one month since we have been having this problem, and we don't have enough support from Meraki to solve the problem."

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"The filter settings are confusing and overly complicated. The user interface can be improved.""The implementation for VLANs is a little bit cumbersome. It would be good to make that a little bit easier.""They should consider upgrading the capabilities within the GUI.""The reporting feature could be better because most of the companies want to have the analytics included, which is something that you have to buy separately.""The anti-spam requires a specific Java version on the server side (do not update it, otherwise it will break).""The product has a lot of bugs, actually. We are facing some issues with this product. The DPI SSL feature which is there, it is not working properly.""We also need to increase the throughput because the other devices are slower. The throughput will become slow. Since we're using VoIP, it tends to affect the voice quality. Even if you're using a quality service, it tends to decrease.""The content ID needs to be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The license cost depends on the box. We acquired a different product line. We are dealing with MX appliance now, that is, MX6, MX54, MX100, MX250, MX450. Every box has got an identity, and it has got its own specification. Every box has got a different license fee. We deployed Meraki MX in UAE when it was not a mature product. We took a risk, but we were successful. We saved a huge amount of money after implementing and removing all the MPLS and leased lines. We got a broadband connection because Meraki MX could work on a broadband connection. We have drastically saved a very good amount of money, which was one of the successful things apart from the successful solution.""The price could be lower, but compared to the TCO of other products, it's not really that expensive.""The price is slightly increased, but reasonable.""The pricing could always be improved — especially with the shape the economy is in at the moment.""​Other content filtering solutions that I have used had more bells and whistles, but given the cost, complexity, and management overhead, I am very pleased with Meraki’s solution.""Its licensing cost could be better.""We just have to pay for the product and the license. We have a license for three years, and it is renewed every three years. It costs $1,200 for three years for one endpoint. Meraki had a good promotion for remote workers or remote workforce. The discount is very good. This promotion continues till the next fiscal year of Cisco.""The price varies depending on the hardware platform as well as the type of license and whether you're adding security or not."

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"The CPUs are not able to compete with a similar price point to the Fortinet, WatchGuard, or Palo Alto product.""You need their analyzer to properly generate reports. This is an expensive, licensed feature, with a complex application or appliance back-end.""The pricing is good and we are satisfied with the cost of this solution.""SonicWall still is only a dollar or Euro per gigabit. This means, of the IPsec, it's the cheapest solution.""Licensed features provide application control, content filtering, antivirus, and anti-malware all in a single appliance.""The price is reasonable for what it does.""They do have the option to purchase yearly, or two years, and three years renewal.""A firewall doing anti-spam might be a low cost solution, but it is not your best strategy."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer:  Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) software is the operating software for the Cisco ASA suite. It supports network security and firewall options. We researched both Meraki and ASA. We liked… more »
Top Answer: Its ease of configuration and management is very useful for us and for other companies that don't have an onsite IT person. It is easy to configure and easy to manage. It is easy to configure the VPN… more »
Top Answer: We just have to pay for the product and the license. We have a license for three years, and it is renewed every three years. It costs $1,200 for three years for one endpoint. Meraki had a good… more »
Top Answer: The antivirus and items of that nature were quite helpful to have.
Top Answer: Our organization would pay for a license every two to three years.
Top Answer: Sometimes I found the GUI and some of the features a little bit hard to navigate, as opposed to Fortigate, which is much more user-friendly. What Fortigate has which SonicWall doesn't, is the per rule… more »
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Also Known As
MX64, MX64W, MX84, MX100, MX400, MX600
NSA 250M, NSA 2600, NSA 3600, NSA 4600, NSA 5600, Dell SonicWALL NSA
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Overview
With the proliferation of modern applications and mixed-use networks, host and port based security is no longer sufficient. Cisco Meraki's layer 7 "next generation" firewall, included in MX security appliances and every wireless AP, gives administrators complete control over the users, content, and applications on their network.
Achieve a deeper level of security with the SonicWALL Network Security Appliance (NSA) Series of next-generation firewalls. NSA Series appliances integrate automated and dynamic security capabilities into a single platform, combining the patented, SonicWALL Reassembly Free Deep Packet Inspection (RFDPI) firewall engine with a powerful, massively scalable, multi-core architecture. Now you can block even the most sophisticated threats with an intrusion prevention system (IPS) featuring advanced anti-evasion capabilities, SSL decryption and inspection, and network-based malware protection that leverages the power of the cloud.
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Sample Customers
Hyatt, ONS
Orange County Rescue Mission, First Source, Michaels & Taylor, Green Clinic Health System, Aspire Chiltern Skills and Enterprise Centre, UnitedStack, Faith Lutheran College Redlands, Celtic Manor Resort, Star Kay White, Air Works, Unimat Life, NHS Yorkshire and Humber Commissioning Support (YHCS), Hutt City Council, Mato Grosso do Sul, Nspyre
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider31%
Pharma/Biotech Company13%
Financial Services Firm13%
Non Tech Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company20%
Government5%
Construction Company4%
REVIEWERS
Manufacturing Company19%
Educational Organization15%
Healthcare Company12%
Marketing Services Firm8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company20%
Government6%
Educational Organization5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business56%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise21%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business40%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise38%
REVIEWERS
Small Business66%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise19%
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Meraki MX is ranked 1st in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 17 reviews while SonicWall NSa is ranked 16th in Firewalls with 35 reviews. Meraki MX is rated 8.4, while SonicWall NSa is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Meraki MX writes "Makes it easy to stay on top of everything for security". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonicWall NSa writes "A rugged solution capable of defeating advanced threats". Meraki MX is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA Firewall, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall, Sophos XG and SonicWall TZ, whereas SonicWall NSa is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, WatchGuard Firebox, SonicWall TZ, Cisco ASA Firewall and Sophos XG. See our Meraki MX vs. SonicWall NSa report.

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