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Currently we are  evaluating Meraki for our wireless. Please e-mail us if you are a currently using Meraki, how is working for you  and any other information you are willing to share  

 

Dr. Mohamed A. Elhindi
Assistant Vice Chancellor- Chief Information Officer

University of  Wisconsin-La Crosse
1725 State street

La Crosse, WI 54601, USA
Phone:  608-785-8662|  Fax: 608-785-8306

 

Please direct scheduling requests to Cynthia Carlson.  ccarlson@uwlax.edu

 

 

 

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Message from ahockett@warnerpacific.edu

Dr.,

 

Warner Pacific College has been on Meraki since about early 2006 when they first came out with their equipment and were one of the first customers of the product.  Over the last several years we have evaluated and tested the both higher end Pro units and Enterprise units.  Upon our conclusion, Meraki was not capable of hitting the highest density areas and deal with antenna interference given: A) Their radio layout and B) Their software.  We also experienced numerous problems with their sales department and even 3rd party vendors getting quotes, shipments in and other supplemental equipment.  For full details, please feel free to contact me off list for the full story.  We have since moved on and are migrating our entire campuses to Ruckus and have begun initial deployments of the 7363 (indoor) and 7762 (outdoor) units and we are quite happy with their coverage and reliability.

 

Regards,

-Aaron Hockett

Warner Pacific College

Network Engineer

 

We've got an 18 month old deployment of around 350 Meraki APs. Trouble free. 
           
Rand
 
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Message from mail@jeffmoore.com

We didnt Try Meraki just Cisco(which we had a large implementation of), Brocade(motorolla products), and Ruckus. And I would Highly Highly recommend the Ruckus. Take a look at this write up below. Our experience was that and then some. Plus the amount of clients that we can have on a single AP is staggering compared to the rest. This was a year ago so I am sure that all the big boys are doing the Beam Forming now so it may be apples to apples but between the beam forming and the volume there was simply nothing that could compete. Keep in mind that they only do a basic but increasingly good job with security. You will want to plan on separate security appliances etc.

Again this is old news but do look for beamforming and multiple radios for better throughput and longer range.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/beamforming-wifi-ruckus,2390.html

Jeff Moore



Message from will.froning@gmail.com

Hello Mohamed, Over the past two years we ran Motorolla, Aruba, Meraki, Ruckus, Cisco, Juniper and Meru in pilot deployments. Meraki and Meru we ran for the longest time, about 6 month each (different buildings on campus). Meraki is simple and has great reporting, but doesn't support tunneling the traffic back to a local controller for "IP Mobility" if that is a concern. Security Hat Response --------------------- With regards to security, Aruba is the best. After that would be Cisco then Juniper. It's about equal for the rest (Motorolla might be slightly above the pack). It just means the security operations are done more so on the wire rather than in the air or on the controller for those at the bottom of the list. Networking Hat Response ----------------------- Both Meru and Meraki collapse under heavy load (like during conferences or club fairs) in our experience. In high density locations you also have to change the deployment method with Meru, it gets ugly. The per AP support cost over 3 years with Meraki ended up being higher than with a lot of others, which reduced it's appeal. In the end we chose Ruckus for all the reason Jeff describes below, and the concurrent client numbers are completely ridiculous. One engineer said they limit the concurrent clients to 256 per AP in software and have increased that number for special client. Recently they released an AP that can support 500 concurrent clients (WOW). We also tested their outdoor APs against the Motorolla "drum" and Ruckus outperformed the drum in every way. A big hit against Ruckus is terrible reporting. We have to send the AP logs to Splunk to get anything decent. If you want to tunnel traffic back to a controller, their controllers are underpowered as compared to Cisco or Juniper. Juniper (trapeze) was the next best in our tests with their newest APs; they were also the cheapest. Aruba controllers are feature rich monsters -- think spork. They do everything and can even control non-Aruba devices (for a fee of course). Their APs weren't anything special. Now we are looking to replace our entire Cisco wireless with Ruckus and also to push Ruckus into the dorms. In total it will come to about 1500 APs. I could keep writing, so if you have specific questions shoot them over. Thanks, Will Jeff Moore wrote: > We didnt Try Meraki just Cisco(which we had a large implementation of), > Brocade(motorolla products), and Ruckus. And I would Highly Highly > recommend the Ruckus. Take a look at this write up below. Our experience > was that and then some. Plus the amount of clients that we can have on a > single AP is staggering compared to the rest. This was a year ago so I > am sure that all the big boys are doing the Beam Forming now so it may > be apples to apples but between the beam forming and the volume there > was simply nothing that could compete. Keep in mind that they only do a > basic but increasingly good job with security. You will want to plan on > separate security appliances etc. > > Again this is old news but do look for beamforming and multiple radios > for better throughput and longer range. > > http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/beamforming-wifi-ruckus,2390.html > > Jeff Moore > > > >
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