Meraki vs. Ubiquiti: Comparing Network Solutions

Meraki and Ubiquiti

In today’s digital landscape, a business’s wireless capabilities are crucial to its success. After all, a reliable and efficient Wi-Fi network is the backbone of smooth operations, meaning if the Wi-Fi goes down, so does the business. Fortunately, there are several reputable wireless hardware vendors offering top-tier solutions. However, determining which one offers the fastest, most cost-effective, and reliable wireless solution can prove to be difficult to the untrained eye.

When it comes to networking solutions, Meraki and Ubiquiti are two prominent names that often come up in discussions and are the two brands we partner with here at Carmichael. Which one is right for your business? Let’s highlight their key features and differences to help you make an informed decision about which solution best fits your requirements.



With Meraki, network administrators can manage and monitor their entire network infrastructure from a centralized dashboard accessible through a web browser. This cloud-based approach offers enhanced visibility and control over every aspect of your network, making it particularly beneficial for organizations with multiple remote sites or distributed networks. Meraki devices seamlessly connect to the Meraki cloud, simplifying configuration, firmware updates, and monitoring tasks, which Carmichael will constantly keep up to date for you.

Another notable feature of Meraki is its focus on security. Meraki security appliances provide robust firewall capabilities, content filtering, intrusion prevention, and advanced threat protection. These features help safeguard the network against various cyber threats and ensure data privacy and compliance. A detailed list of all the products and capabilities can be found here.

Meraki offers a wide range of products, including access points, switches, security appliances, and cameras, all seamlessly integrated into the cloud management platform. This integration enables streamlined network configuration, monitoring, and troubleshooting. Meraki’s product scalability is another conspicuous benefit, as it can easily accommodate networks of all sizes, from small businesses to large enterprises.

The Meraki interface dashboard provides a user-friendly way to monitor your network and is armed with complete visibility into every aspect of your network’s activity, so you’ll be able to determine why the network is slow and what to do about it. It also provides built-in security solutions that incorporate features such as IDS/IPS, content filtering, web search filtering, anti-malware, geo-IP based firewalling, IPsec VPN connectivity and Cisco Advanced Malware Protection.



Ubiquiti, on the other hand, is recognized for its cost-effective yet high-performance networking solutions. They will provide multiple different software solutions and hardware appliances to fit a small to medium-sized organization’s networking needs. Ubiquiti implements a range of wireless networking products including access points, wireless controllers, antennas, and wireless bridges. Whatever your Wi-Fi requirement, they’re likely to have a product solution. Ubiquiti’s flagship product line, UniFi, offers a comprehensive ecosystem of interconnected devices designed to work seamlessly together.

One of the key advantages of Ubiquiti UniFi is its flexibility and scalability. It offers a highly modular approach, allowing users to mix and match different components to meet their specific requirements. This makes UniFi a popular choice for small to medium-sized businesses and enthusiasts who prefer a do-it-yourself approach to networking. Ubiquiti devices can be managed through the UniFi Controller software, which provides a centralized management interface for configuring and monitoring the network.

Now that we have gained insight into the offerings of each vendor, it’s time to explore the key factors to consider when deciding between them.

  • Pricing: Ubiquiti offers more budget-friendly options compared to Meraki, making it an attractive choice for businesses looking for cost-effective wireless solutions. On the other hand, Meraki’s higher price point is justified by its comprehensive feature set, robust cloud management platform, and dedicated customer support from the 24/7 helpdesk here at Carmichael.
  • Scalability: Meraki excels in this aspect with its cloud-based management platform, allowing for seamless scalability across multiple locations and deployments. Meraki’s centralized dashboard simplifies the management of many devices, making it convenient to expand your network as your business grows. Contrarily, Ubiquiti provides hardware solutions that are highly customizable and flexible, allowing you to tailor your network infrastructure to your specific needs.
  • Ease of Use: When it comes to ease of use, both Meraki and Ubiquiti offer intuitive interfaces and user-friendly features. However, Meraki is often recognized and recommended by Carmichael for its seamless user experience, making it an excellent choice for businesses that prioritize simplicity and quick deployment, with the help of a managed services provider. The cloud-based management platform provides a user-friendly interface that allows for easy configuration, monitoring, and troubleshooting of network devices.
  • Coverage: Meraki provides a comprehensive warranty with their networking equipment. Their standard warranty typically covers hardware replacement for defects or malfunctions during the specified warranty period, while offering to extend the warranty coverage for an additional fee, providing longer-term protection for your investment. Ubiquiti however, does not offer quite the same plan. Due to their inexpensive pricing, the parts can be purchased individually and separately, allowing for interchangeability and more customization for your network.


Both Meraki and Ubiquiti offer robust networking solutions, each with their own unique strengths and weaknesses. By considering factors such as budget, scalability, ease of use, and performance requirements, you can make an informed decision based on the size and needs of your business. Here at Carmichael Consulting Solutions, we partner with both Meraki and Ubiquiti, and provide round-the-clock support for each service to help you choose the right fit for your networking needs.

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