Cisco Meraki Cloud-managed Wi-Fi Access Points
Meraki wireless access points are designed to be deployed and managed, along with Meraki's other network appliances, using Meraki's cloud-hosted services. Meraki's 802.11ac wireless APs are available for indoor and outdoor use and include modern features like as zero-touch web-based updates, location analytics, application visibility, RF tuning, policy enforcement based on user class, plus a specialized radio that offers wireless intrusion detection and prevention system (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection in real time. High-end wireless APs from Meraki can support up to 2.5 Gbps of Wi-Fi data over a single cable. Meraki's cloud management tools provide centralized control over networks that can range from a single Wi-Fi access point at a teleworker's home to a geographically distributed network with thousands of Wi-Fi-connected users.
Meraki's cloud services unify the management of APs, switches and firewalls across multiple sites
Progent's Cisco-certified Wi-Fi networking consultants offer online and onsite consulting and support services to assist you to plan, configure, manage, tune, and repair Wi-Fi deployments that incorporate Cisco's Meraki APs. Progent's consultants can also help your organization to design and implement hybrid networks that combine on-premises and cloud-hosted services and that provide seamless connectivity, enhanced protection, streamlined management, and consistent performance for all your wired and wireless endpoints. Progent also offers budget-friendly Wi-Fi site surveys to assist you to select, position, and set up Cisco Meraki Wi-Fi APs to build a Wi-Fi network customized for your physical layout and IT workloads.
Meraki Indoor Wave 2 Wi-Fi APs
Cisco's Meraki line of Wave 2 indoor APs includes value-priced units for general use and also high-end Wireless APs that support throughput of up to 2.5 Gbps. All Cisco Meraki indoor APs offer convenient functions such as self-configuration for easy installation, integrated data protection and analytics, automatic patching, and centralized cloud management for Wi-Fi deployments of any scale, from a single site to distributed wireless networks. Meraki indoor access points also include radios with enhanced receive performance plus a unique wireless intrusion detection and prevention system (wIDS/wIPS) with a specialized radio for spectrum analysis and on-the-fly packet inspection.
Other features of the Meraki family of indoor access points are a 1 GigE interface, 802.3af Power-over-Ethernet support, realtime encryption, wireless IPs, self-configured mesh routing, one-click secure guest access with a guest isolation firewall, do-it-yourself splash pages, built-in policy firewall for in-depth group or device-based access management, built-in antivirus, WPA2-Enterprise authentication with 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, Layer 7 traffic shaping for favoring or restricting various classes of applications, plus multiple-input and multiple-output and built-in beam forming to support crowded environments without compromising range.
The Cisco Meraki MR20 is an entry-level Wave 2 wireless AP designed for small office or home office deployments. The cloud-managed access point has 2x2:2 MU-MIMO with two spatial streams and supports up to 1.3 Gbps aggregate throughput with 866 Mbps data rates in the 5 GHz band and 400 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band. The Meraki MR20 access point includes Meraki's Air Marshal wireless intrusion prevention system for threat detection and attack remediation. The access point has one 10/100/1000 BASE-T RJ45 port but not a Bluetooth radio. The MR20 AP is desktop, ceiling, or wall mountable.
Cisco's Meraki MR42 access point is an 802.11ac Wave 2 AP for performance-critical and/or high-density Wi-Fi networks. The MR42 supports 3◊3:3 MU-MIMO technology with beamforming, provides a top data rate of 1.9 Gbit/sec, includes a GbE interface, and has a built-in Bluetooth BLE radio that provides scanning and Beaconing. The Meraki MR52 is a high-speed Wave 2 access point intended for densely populated campus and enterprise venues. The 4-radio MR52 features 4◊4 MU-MIMO technology with four spatial streams and beamforming, handles over-the-air data rates as high as 2.5 Gbps, supports 160 MHz channels, comes with two 1 GigE interfaces, and includes a Bluetooth BLE radio. The Meraki MR53 wireless access point has the same specs as the Meraki MR52 but includes a single Gigabit Ethernet interface plus a 2.5 Gbps Multigigabit Ethernet port.
The Meraki MR30H AP is a wall switch device designed for hotel rooms or dorm room venues and uses 2x2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac Wave 2 technology. The access point includes an integrated 4-port GbE switch, and a BLE radio for beaconing and scanning functions. The MR30H provides aggregate throughput as high as 1.3 Gbps with concurrent 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios. Cisco's Meraki MR33 is a general-purpose AP that can be deployed in offices, schools, hospitals, shops and other active venues. The MR33 has the same feature set as the Meraki MR30H AP but is packaged in a low-profile housing and does not include a built-in 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch.
Legacy Meraki Indoor Wi-Fi Access Points
The Cisco Meraki MR18 AP, which is at end-of-life status, is a wall or desktop mountable 802.11n device that can deliver aggregate data rates of up to 600 Mbps with its two 2x2:2 MIMO radios. This entry-level Wi-Fi access point is designed for use in moderate density venues. Cisco's Meraki MR32 is a wall, ceiling or desktop Wi-Fi access point with a 5 GHz 2x2:2 802.11ac radio and a 2.4 GHz 2x2:2 802.11n radio, offering a maximum dual-radio frame rate of 1.2 Gbit/s. This access point includes a Bluetooth radio for Beaconing and scanning and is intended for high-density venues such as campuses, hotels, and enterprise offices.
The Meraki MR34 AP, which has been discontinued, is a Wave 1 device that features 3x3 MIMO with 1.75 Gbps throughput and band steering. Designed to support high client densities, the MR34 offers 802.af Power over Ethernet as well as 802.3at PoE+. The MR34 does not include BLE.
Cisco Meraki Cloud-managed Outdoor/Industrial Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 certified, built to operate in harsh outdoor environments, and able to withstand dust, vibration and moisture. Meraki outdoor access points include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and deliver advanced features such as cloud-based management with network-wide control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming.
The Meraki MR62 is an entry-level, single-radio 802.11n outdoor wireless, access point that offers 300 Mbit/sec performance and offers a single-radio mesh and VPN tunneling for teleworkers. The mid-range Meraki MR66 wireless, access point features dual-concurrent radios, delivers up to 600 Mbit/sec aggregate performance, and features 2x2 MIMO, beamforming, and multi-radio mesh. Cisco's high-performance Meraki MR72 is a three-radio Wi-Fi access point that supports data rates of up to 1.2 Gbps with concurrent 802.11ac and 802.11n 2x2:2 MIMO radios. A separate third radio is dedicated to WIDS/WIPS security and RF optimization. The MR72 access point also incorporates a Bluetooth radio for Beaconing and BLE scanning. The ultra-fast Meraki MR84 is a 4-radio outdoor access point engineered to handle difficult, high-density RF environments like a stadium or other outdoor venue. The MR84 features 4◊4:4 MU-MIMO technology, 160 MHz channels, a 1 GigE port plus a Multigigabit interface, and an integrated BLE radio.
Meraki's Cloud-based Wi-Fi Management System
Cisco's Meraki Wi-Fi APs include internal CPU, RAM and structural elements needed to handle packet processing, Quality of Service, data security, line-rate encryption, and other critical access point services at the network edge while at the same time working with Meraki's cloud-hosted management system. Meraki's extensive cloud management and monitoring services allow centralized control over an almost limitless selection of sites and clients via a single web-accessible dashboard with advanced features such as layer 7 device and application monitoring, performance and connectivity monitoring and alerts, extensive analytics, live diagnostics for remote repair, automatic patching, and world-class security.
Meraki's cloud services offer unified management and analytics via a single dashboard
Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE infrastructure consultants can assist your organization to evaluate the business benefits of Cisco's Meraki cloud-based solution for managing Wi-Fi and wired infrastructure. Progent can also assist you to design, implement, and manage a unified network environment based on Cisco's Meraki infrastructure products. For a more detailed description at Cisco Meraki cloud-hosted management services for wireless and wired networks, see: Cisco Meraki cloud-hosted management services for Wi-Fi networks.
How Progent's Experts Can Help You with Meraki Wireless Access Points
Progent's Cisco-certified Wi-Fi technology consultants offer remote and on-premises expertise to assist organizations of all sizes to design, deploy, manage, tune or troubleshoot wireless networks that incorporate Meraki Wi-Fi access points. Progent's experts can provide as-needed help to get you through a challenging IT roadblock or Progent can provide comprehensive project management expertise to ensure that vital wireless tasks are finished on schedule and on budget. Progent can help you to combine Meraki-based Wi-Fi APs with Meraki switches and security products or with non-Meraki network devices from Cisco or from other providers. (See Meraki switches integration expertise.) Progent's also offers wireless site surveys to help you to select and place Cisco Meraki wireless access points optimally to support the coverage, performance, and capacity required for your wireless solution.
Progent's certified data security and compliance experts can help your organization define security policies that are enforced consistently across your wired and wireless network that align with industry and government requirements. Progent's disaster recovery planning experts can assist you to implement fault-tolerant and recoverable wireless environments that utilize the high-availability technology designed into Cisco Meraki wireless access points and cloud management services.
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