Ruckus Wireless vs Meraki Solution Comparison

If your organization is searching for a wireless LAN solution, you have probably already heard about Aerohive and Cisco products. The question remains: which one is better for your needs? We have consolidated real customer reviews in this blog to give a quick overview of both products.

Key Differences

Cisco Meraki | Cloud Managed

  • Completely cloud-managed and centralized
  • Highly available and geo-redundant
  • Deployment does not require manual provisioning
  • Easily scale up or down by adding or removing APs that automatically discover the Cloud Controller

Ruckus Wireless | On Site

  • FlexMaster overlay software for management
  • Scale by upgrading controllers or managing FlexMaster on a server
  • Each AP must be provisioned on the same subnet as the controller or by using custom DHCP server configurations

Compare Features At a Glance

  Feature 1
WPA2-Enterprise with 802.1X Authentication
  Feature 2
VLAN Tagging
  Feature 3
QoS for Voice, Video
  Feature 4
Rogue AP Detection and Location
Feature 5
Layer 7 Application Traffic Sharing
Feature 5
3-Stream, 900 Mbit/s Access Points
Feature 5
Stateful Policy
Feature 5
Integrated Client Location Tracking
Feature 5
Built-in Multi-site Management
Feature 5
Spectrum Analysis
Feature 5
Teleworker VPN
Feature 5
Built-in Network Access Control (NAC)
Feature 5
Zero-configuration Virtual Branch Networks

The Pros of Ruckus vs. Meraki

The Pros of RUCKUS

  • Easy to configure and maintain

  • Low cost with discounts available

  • Comparable configuration capabilities

“I am a fan of the Ruckus ICX switching portfolio and often position them to my customers. Their biggest advantage is that they have centralised management from a web interface which is much easier to use than having to remember complex command-line interfaces.”

Technical Architect, Computerworld Group

The Pros of Meraki

  • Free webinars and training

  • Great UI

  • Very responsive support team

  • Visibility and dashboard management

“If you want easy to setup wireless that works really well and can be managed from anywhere, Meraki is for sure the way to go. Once you get used to using the dashboard, it is extremely easy to use and will show you all kinds of details about the network and the clients on it. The Meraki design works well, especially if you are new to wireless, the settings are pretty basic but easy to follow. If you have an office environment and don’t want the hassle of having a controller in a closet, then Meraki is a good fit. They might not always be suited for industrial designs where heat and extreme harsh temperatures are in play but other than that I’ve found I’ve been able to put them in manufacturing and office environments. If you want extreme tuning ability like you would see in a traditional Cisco controller, then you might not like the Meraki platform.”

IT Manager, Mining Industry

The Cons of RUCKUS and Meraki

The Cons of Ruckus

  • Changing VLANs can be painful

  • Trunk and port channel setup can be demanding

  • POE is not set to auto by default

“Ruckus offers a better value alternative to the like of Dell, Cisco and HP switching. it also offers an easier to use web management which doesn’t require specialist training. It doesn’t have all the advanced features as other systems and die hard Cisco networking equipment’s will prefer how Cisco networking works.”

Technical Architect, Computerworld Group

The Cons of Meraki

  • Cloud-based subscription model

  • Could benefit from heatmapping

  • Pricing

“Depending on your business size and budget, the cloud based subscription model may not acceptable to upper management. Additional functionality and support for Mobile Device Management (MDM) comes with an additional cost if you want telephone support, otherwise it is limited to a certain number of devices and tech support via email only.”

Joe Spradlin, Director of IT

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