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Find out what your peers are saying about Meraki MX vs. SonicWall TZ and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
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Pros
"It is easy to manage, which is one of the most important things for us. It is also flexible, stable, and scalable.""In general, Meraki MX is easy to work with.""Point-to-point VPNs can dynamically follow IP changes with no need for static IPs.""Meraki MX offers advanced filtration options, plus it behaves like a router and a firewall at the same time.""Dual WAN connections are greatly simplified and point-to-point VPNs automatically connect regardless of what WAN connection is active.""It has very good features; it's easy to use, configure, set up, and deploy.""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."

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"It protects against intrusion while allowing needed access.""The most valuable features are unified threat management which provides security intelligence and the VPN for both site-to-site and remote access.""Content filtering and application rules are the most valuable features. It is also easy to configure.""The solution boasts good performance and is easy to use.""The best thing about the product is the very good threat prevention output.""Its user interface and simplicity are the most favorite parts for our clients. They find it stable and easy to use. Its performance is also good.""The site-to-site VPN connections, content filtering, and in our current remote working situation, SSL VPN remote desktop connectivity are the most valuable features.""I like the firewall product, the security server, and the content filter."

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Cons
"It would be nice if the different services, including the SIEM SOC and endpoint detection and response (EDR) were integrated into one, so that I don't have to go to different vendors for different services.""When we do API integrations with Meraki, they have always been hard as well as tedious to build. The data that we want out of the API integrations has been only recently available. Six months ago, it was hard to get someone to build something correctly or useful with Meraki APIs. Recently, they have made more data available on the API, but it is just a start. They need to do more.""In the next release, because the security is pretty basic, I think they could include additional security features.""In general, the SD-WAN feature needs to be improved. The load sharing and load balancing of the traffic should be improved. I have had some problems with these features in the past.""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.""You can only have one tunnel in the whole infrastructure — one tunnel with one device.""As far as what needs to be improved — nothing really comes to mind. It does what we need it to do.""The whole Cisco Meraki range requires easier access for cameras. For a security center, it would be helpful to have easier access to cameras through the portal. Its licensing cost could also be better."

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"The technology in this particular version is very old.""Sonic Analyzer could be improved. It's difficult to manage and not very intuitive.""I would like to see more integration with other platforms.""The solution should provide some additional ports.""There is a point I don't like about SonicWall in the past and now. Most of the destinations we look at when we're detecting some user using too much bandwidth or something like that, SonicWall just gave us destination IP address, instead of the full qualified domain name. I think that's the most important part that is still missing. I think that's the most important for us.""In general, the company needs to think contingently and integrate more security options.""We have been facing issues with reporting.""GUI interface could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The price could be lower, but compared to the TCO of other products, it's not really that expensive.""Like any Cisco product, the license is really expensive for small business clients. It needs to be cheaper. If you look it up, you might go, "That doesn't make any sense."""Its licensing cost could be better.""Meraki is the best option — based on the price and the features available.""The pricing could always be improved — especially with the shape the economy is in at the moment.""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.""​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.""The price is slightly increased, but reasonable."

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"Its pricing is okay as compared to other solutions.""The price is high compared to some other solutions.""The price could be better for us in Bolivia.""The price is fair for the solution for the quality you receive.""The price is fair.""It is a bit expensive. We have to purchase the license and the reporting part separately, which makes it a bit pricey. This is the main reason why we have thought of moving to another firewall. It would be good if they combine both of these.""Customers are required to pay for a yearly subscription.""Its price is very high, which makes it difficult to convince the clients to buy this solution."

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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: I’ll say it depends on your needs. Fortinet FortiGate and SonicWall TZ are both next-gen firewalls (NGFW) with similar basic features. However, Fortinet offers more performance, scalability, and… more »
Top Answer: Offers the right amount of control without being incredibly convoluted and frustrating.
Top Answer: I'm not sure of licensing costs, but the price point isn't bad. In addition, you need to buy the hardware. There is also a standard support license, and they offer an advanced security gateway with… more »
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8.3
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out of 47 in Firewalls
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8.5
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Also Known As
MX64, MX64W, MX84, MX100, MX400, MX600
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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.
The secure, sophisticated SonicWALL TZ is widely deployed at small businesses, retail, government, remote sites and branch offices. It combines high-performance intrusion prevention, malware blocking, content/URL filtering and application control.
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Sample Customers
Hyatt, ONS
AeroM_xico Delta TechOps, Unimat
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider31%
Financial Services Firm13%
Pharma/Biotech Company13%
Non Tech Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company20%
Government5%
Construction Company4%
REVIEWERS
Construction Company15%
Manufacturing Company12%
Healthcare Company12%
Computer Software Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company19%
Retailer4%
Government4%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business56%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise21%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business40%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise38%
REVIEWERS
Small Business66%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise14%
Find out what your peers are saying about Meraki MX vs. SonicWall TZ and other solutions. Updated: March 2020.
552,695 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Meraki MX is ranked 1st in Unified Threat Management (UTM) with 17 reviews while SonicWall TZ is ranked 10th in Firewalls with 31 reviews. Meraki MX is rated 8.4, while SonicWall TZ is rated 8.4. 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 TZ writes "Easy to implement, fairly stable, and supports SSL-DPI". Meraki MX is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA Firewall, Cisco Firepower NGFW Firewall, Sophos XG and pfSense, whereas SonicWall TZ is most compared with Fortinet FortiGate, Cisco ASA Firewall, Sophos XG, pfSense and SonicWall NSa. See our Meraki MX vs. SonicWall TZ report.

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