SonicWall vs Meraki

There’s a lot to consider when choosing a new firewall. But if you make a choice based on only one or two factors, you may not be getting the protection (or the value) you need. Here are some of the reasons more customers are choosing SonicWall over Meraki.

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The Best Threat Protection is Certified

Would you see a doctor who wasn’t board-certified? Or retain an attorney who hadn’t passed the bar? Almost no one would — yet when it comes to the health and legal compliance status of their network security, some organizations are willing to take a similar risk.

Cybersecurity companies that lack any form of third-party certification may try to compensate through pricing, but without objective testing, there is no way to verify the quality or integrity of their offerings. How do you even know what you’re getting?

With SonicWall’s list of third-party certifications, including NetSecOPEN, ICSA, Common Criteria, FIPS, IPv6 and more, you can be assured that our solutions have been put to the test and have proven their quality, again and again.

Who’s willing to stand behind your provider?

Feature Meraki
SonicWall TZ670 delivers better ROI by offering over three times the threat performance over a comparable Meraki MX75. Threat Prevention Throughput

2.5 Gbps (TZ670)

750 Mbps (MX75)

Based on 2021 ICSA Advanced Threat Defense testing, SonicWall detected 100% of previously unknown threats with no false positives. The Meraki solution wasn't tested and lacks multi-engine and deep memory inspection. Multi-Engine Sandbox with Deep Memory Inspection

Meraki firewalls will not be manageable and will cease to function upon license expiry, while SonicWall firewalls can be fully managed and continue to pass traffic. Doesn’t Stop Functionality on License Expiry

The SonicWall Gen 7 entry-level TZ features 10GbE ports, while Meraki does not (need to upgrade to MX95 or higher). 10 GbE Ports on Desktop Firewalls

The SonicWall Gen 7 TZ Series firewalls feature up to 256GB of expandable storage, while Meraki has none. Expandable Storage on Desktop Firewalls

SonicWall Gen 7 entry-level TZ supports TLS 1.3. Meraki’s HTTPS inspection remains in development. TLS 1.3 Support

The SonicWall NSa next-generation firewall, combined with SonicWall Capture ATP and patented RTDMI technology, has been awarded six consecutive ICSA Labs Advanced Threat Defense certifications. The Meraki solution wasn't tested. ICSA Advanced Threat Defense Certification

SonicWall firewall devices and services are compliant with Section 889 of the U.S. National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), while Meraki devices are not. NDAA-Compliant

Based on NetSecOPEN Certification Reports from February 2020, the SonicWall NSa 4650 firewall has a security effectiveness rating of 99%. As of July 2021, the Meraki offering hadn't been tested. NetSecOPEN Certified

SonicWall Better on Every Level

What You Can’t See Can Hurt You.

Today, most web traffic and web applications are encrypted. SonicWall’s SSL decryption allows you to inspect encrypted traffic, ensuring no malware, ransomware or other malicious content is hiding within. Meraki products lack any form of SSL decryption, which means that when it comes to stopping encrypted attacks, you’re left relying on little more than luck.


Is Your Solution Simple — or Stripped Down?

A sleek dashboard is great. But if your solution doesn’t have a simple interface and the features you need — now and in the future — is it really simple, or is it just stripped down? SonicWall’s emphasis on user experience can be seen across all our products, and it’s at the heart of our newest Gen 7 lines. With local management options, real-time responsiveness and true zero-touch deployment, SonicWall offers the features and flexibility you need, without compromising a simplified user experience.


The Most Expensive Option? Inadequate Protection.

While SonicWall offers an industry-leading TCO, we aren’t always the least expensive. But if the cheaper option is a siloed solution that lacks SSL decryption, real-time dashboards and the backing of third-party certifications, you aren’t really saving anything — least of all your network. Once you consider the cost of remediating an attack, which can run into the millions, it pays to invest a little more now in a solution you can trust.


Lowered total cost of ownership (TCO) over previous Cisco firewalls.

Suzanne Lieblein, IT Manager, Foremost

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