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  • Meraki Wireless Solution Comparison

    Simplified cloud management

    Intuitiveinterfaceallowsdevicestobeconfiguredinminuteswithouttrainingordedicatedstaff

    CentrallymanagethousandsofdevicesacrosshundredsofsiteswithoutonsiteIT

    Out-of-the-boxsecuritywithintegratedapplicationfirewall,WIPS,NetworkAccessControl(NAC),PCIcompliance,andVPN

    Updatesandnewfeaturesseamlesslydeliveredfromthecloud

    Performance and scalability

    Powerful,enterpriseclassradioscombineMIMO,transmitbeamforming,bandsteering,spectrumanalysis,andautomaticcloud-basedRFoptimizationforhighdensityperformanceandthroughputupto900Mbps

    Easilyscalenetworksfrom10accesspointsto10,000withoutcontrollerthroughputorclientAPlimits,complexlicensing,orspecialappliancestoinstall

    Deep visibility and control

    Network-widevisibility,control,andtroubleshootingofwirelessandwiredinfrastructurefromasinglepaneofglass

    Identifyusersanddeviceswithfast,Google-likesearch

    Createapplication-specificpolicieswithLayer7trafficshaping,andapplybydevicetypeorusergroup

    IntegratedmobiledevicemanagementextendsvisibilityandcontroltodevicesconnectingtoyourWLAN(iOS,Android,Mac,andPC)atnocost

    Why Meraki?

    Trusted by thousands of customers worldwide

  • Meraki, Inc. | Free evaluation gear at meraki.com/eval2

    Deep Visibility and ControlOnlyMerakigivesyoupowerful,built-inLayer7applicationvisibilityanddevicefingerprintingfordeepinsightandfine-grainedcontrolofyournetwork.

    MerakiMerakisLayer7trafficshapinganddevicefingerprintingdeliveranunparalleledlevelofintegrated,out-of-the-boxcontroloverdevices,applications,andusersaccessingyournetwork.

    Getdeepcontextualinsightthroughstatisticsandusagedatainordertocraftsecurityandtrafficshapingpolicies.

    Analysisisperformedattheedgeinascalablearchitecturenoneedtopurchasecontrollersoradditionallicenses.

    Comparison: ArubaTogetcomparable,centralizedL7visibilityandcontrol,Arubarequiresyoutobuy:

    AirWaveserver

    AirWavelicenses(basedonnumberofdevices)

    AirWavelicensetorunmultipleAirWaveserversfromsingleconsole(optional)

    WLANcontroller(7200series)

    PolicyEnforcementFirewallmodule

    PolicyEnforcementFirewalllicenses(basedonnumberofAPs)

    AppRF,whichrequiresArubasnewest,top-of-the-linecontroller,cannotthrottletrafficdynamically;itcanonlypermit,drop,log,reject,ortagtrafficforQoS.

    With Meraki, view application usage statistics filtered by time period or SSID.

    Setting Layer 3 and Layer 7 firewall policies with Meraki.

    Specific destinations can be viewed in aggregate or by client.

  • Meraki, Inc. | Free evaluation gear at meraki.com/eval3

    ConsiderMerakissecure,isolatedwirelessguestaccessfunctionality,whichiseasilyenabled:

    EnableandnameaguestSSIDfromtheConfigure>SSIDspageintheMerakidashboard

    SelectNATMode:UseMerakiDHCPtoisolatetheguestSSIDfromthecoreWLANusingtheintegratedL3firewall

    (Optional)CopyguestnetworkconfigurationsettingstoadditionalnetworksfromtheOrganization>ConfigSyncpage

    WithAerohivesHiveManager,configuringsecure,isolatedguestaccessrequiresseveralsteps:

    Chooseanexisting(orcreateanew)networkpolicyinHiveManager(e.g.,Aerohive-Guest)

    CreateanewguestSSIDwithintheAerohive-Guestpolicychosenabove,andsaveit.

    CreateanewUserProfileassociatedwiththeAerohive-Guestpolicy,andnameit.

    Chooseauniqueattributepolicynumberforthenewuserprofile,alongwithaVLANnumber(e.g.VLAN8)

    Createanewnetworkobject,nameit(e.g.Guest-WiFi),andassignittoVLAN8.

    Next,selectadefaultDNSservicewiththesamenameasyourHive

    SelectGuestUseasyournetworktype,configureyourdesiredisolatedguestIPsubnetsettings,andensureDHCPisenabled.Save.

    Meraki makes it easy to configure secure, isolated guest WiFi access.

    Configuring isolated guest access in Hive Manager involves several steps.

    Merakibringsyouthemostaccessible,straightforwardmanagementexperiencepossibleincludingapowerful,intuitivedashboardthatletsyoucontrolyourentireMerakinetworkfromasinglepaneofglass.Itseasilynavigabledesignallowsforrapiddeploymentsofnetworksanddeviceswithfewerconfigurationerrorsandeasierongoingmaintenance.

    Thebenefitofthisintuitiveinterfacegrowsasyournetworksexpandinsizeandgeographicscope,andasthesheernumberofconfigurationsettings(andthestepstoimplementthem)swellwithcompetitivesolutions.

    Intuitive, No Training NeededMerakiMRaccesspointsaremanagedviaasecure,cloud-baseddashboardcreatedfromthegroundupforeaseofmanagementandconfigurability.

    Consider the example below: creating an isolated wireless guest SSID.

  • Meraki, Inc. | Free evaluation gear at meraki.com/eval4

    Alvin ISD chose Meraki over HP and Aruba.

    CASE STUDY

    AlvinIndependentSchoolDistrict

    AlvinISDselectedMerakioverArubaandHPtobeitswirelessinfrastructureprovider.BeyondMerakiscosteffective,plug-and-playsolution,neitherArubanorHPprovidefree,built-inBYOD/MDMsolutions,intuitivedashboardinterfaces,innovativefeatureslikeintegratedL7trafficshapingandNAC,orcloudmanagement.

    I really think Meraki is the optimal solution for an environment with a high density of clients.JohnWilds,NetworkManager,AlvinISD

    Challenges

    LargeAPdeploymentwithleanITstaff

    Highclientdensity,withentireclassroomsconnectingsimultaneously

    APsincloseproximitycannotinterferewitheachother

    Results

    Easy,zero-touchAPconfigurationandinstallation

    Centralizedmanagementfor20campuses

    Cloud-basedRFoptimizationeliminatesinterferenceinhigh-densityclassrooms

    CASE STUDY

    UnitedColorsofBenetton

    MerakiwaschosenastheWiFisolutionforUnitedColorsofBenettonsHQandflagshipstoresintheUnitedKingdomforitseaseofuse,built-insecurityfeatures,andscalability.AnisolatedguestnetworkforretailstoreswascreatedintwoclicksusingMerakisintuitivedashboard,andiscentrallymanagedthroughthecloud.

    Challenges

    ProvidesecureguestWiFiforretailshoppersandsecurewirelessLANforemployeesacrossmanylocations

    CentrallymanagedistributedretaillocationsWiFiwithleanITstaff

    RobustreportingalongwithautomaticperformancetuningofAPs

    Results

    IsolatedguestnetworkwithsplashpagesonseparateSSIDfrominternal,WPA-securedwirelessLAN

    Singlepane-of-glasscontroloverretailstoresWiFi

    Summaryreportsandalertsprovidenetworkstatus;AutoRFoptimizesWiFiperformance

    With the Meraki dashboard we can see very clearly what types of devices are connecting. Were looking to use this technology as another avenue to provide special offers and attract attention.MarkBishop,ITManager,UnitedColorsofBenetton

  • Meraki, Inc. | Free evaluation gear at meraki.com/eval5

    Meraki Aruba Aerohive Ruckus HP

    WPA-2Enterprisewith802.1Xauthentication

    Built-instatefulpolicyfirewall,WIPS,VPN

    1 2 2

    IntegratedNAC

    MobileDeviceManagement(MDM)

    1 1 1

    Isolatedguestaccesswithsplashpages

    1 1 1

    100%cloud-managed

    Layer7applicationanddevicevisibilityacrossentireproductline

    1

    RFManagement

    LiveToolsfortroubleshooting

    1 1

    IncludedSupport

    1 Availablewithpurchaseofadditionalsoftwareorlicense2WIPSavailablewithpurchaseofadditionalsoftwareorlicense3Multiplelicensesmaybenecessary,dependingonfeaturesdesired

    Free evaluations available at meraki.com/evalAllgearavailablefortrial.Noshippingcosts.

    Feature Comparison