Dustin Jurman dustin at
Wed Nov 20 15:51:04 UTC 2013

Just finished a project doing an entire convention center with Xirrus.  Awesome results and many more options than Meraki.  I would say that it was one of those signature projects that had to happen in a very short schedule and we had to provide support for the event.  Onsite engineers stated that it was the most boring support event they ever went too.  In the four days that we provided turn-up support there wasn't a single issue and only alcolades from the event center and attendees.  

We have previously deployed Meraki in large environments as well the Xirrus.  The Xirrus product is superior in so many ways.  I am not a big fan of cloud based network management,  I think as network providers in rapidly changing environments there are times when equipment is decommissioned and put on a shelf for a rainy day or emergency project,  I don't see that really happening with the Meraki model unless you want to keep dumping money into them.  


Dustin Jurman
Rapid Systems Corporation 
1211 N. West Shore Blvd. Suite 711
Tampa, FL 33607
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-----Original Message-----
From: Glenn Robuck [mailto:techravingmad at] 
Sent: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 5:12 PM
Subject: Re: Meraki

I'm curious if any of you guys have compared Meraki and Xirrus?  We are currently in the process of picking new WAPs and have narrowed it down to these too.  We are leaning towards Xirrus due to it's modular structure.
 It also has a great user interface.

Anyone else evaluate Xirrus?

On Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 3:34 PM, Warren Bailey < wbailey at> wrote:

> They give you a free ap for listening to their pitch.. We love them.
> Expensive.. But responsive and responsible.. Which is pretty hard to 
> find in Wi-Fi land. Pretty interface and lots of little bells and whistles..
> They have my vote from what we evaluated (ubnt, Blahblahblah).
> Sent from my Mobile Device.
> -------- Original message --------
> From: "Pedersen, Sean" <Sean.Pedersen at>
> Date: 11/19/2013 12:00 PM (GMT-09:00)
> To: NANOG <nanog at>
> Subject: RE: Meraki
> I started to look into them for personal and limited small business 
> use, but stopped short when I realized their cloud management platform 
> is subscription-based. Unless I've missed something, you cannot deploy 
> your own internal management platform. It's all licensed through 
> Meraki/Cisco, which means if you lose your Internet connection, you 
> lose management access to your gear. That could be a deal-killer in certain environments.
> Maybe someone with more experience on the platform could correct me there.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Hank Disuko [mailto:gourmetcisco at]
> Sent: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 10:26 AM
> Subject: Meraki
> Hi folks,
> I've traditionally been a Cisco Catalyst shop for my switching gear.
> I am doing a significant hardware refresh in one of my offices, which 
> will entail replacing about 20 access switches and a couple core devices.
>  Pretty simple L3 VLAN environment with VRRP/HSRP, on the physical end 
> I have 1G fibre/copper and 10G fibre.  My core switch of choice will 
> likely be the Cat 4500 series.
> I'm considering Cisco's Meraki platform for my access layer and I'm 
> looking for deployment stories of folks that have deployed Meraki in 
> the past...good/bad/ugly kinda stuff.
> I know Meraki hardcores were upset when Cisco acquired them, but not 
> exactly sure why.
> Anyway, any thoughts would be useful.  Thanks!
> -Hank

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