Cisco Meraki Cloud-managed Wi-Fi APs
Cisco Meraki wireless access points are designed to be deployed and managed, along with Meraki's switches and security appliances, using Meraki's cloud-hosted services. Meraki's 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi APs are offered for indoor and outdoor operation and include advanced capabilities like as automatic over-the-web firmware updates, location-based analytics, application visibility and management, RF tuning, the ability to apply policies based on client class, plus a specialized radio that offers wireless (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection in real time. Top-of-the-line Wi-Fi APs from Meraki can support up to 2.5 Gbps of Wi-Fi traffic over a single cable. Meraki's cloud management services offer centralized control over deployments that can range from a single wireless AP at a home office to a geographically distributed IT ecosystem with thousands of Wi-Fi-connected clients.
Meraki's cloud services unify the management of APs, switches and firewalls across multi-site WANs
Progent's Cisco-certified Wi-Fi networking experts can provide online and on-premises consulting and support services to assist your organization to plan, configure, administer, optimize, and debug wireless networks that utilize Cisco's Meraki access points. Progent can also assist your organization to plan and implement hybrid environments that integrate on-premises and cloud-based resources and that deliver easy access, enhanced security and compliance, streamlined management, and consistent operation for all your mobile and desktop devices. Progent also offers affordable wireless site surveys to assist you to select, situate, and configure Cisco Meraki Wi-Fi Access Points to create a wireless network optimized for your physical environment and IT workloads.
Cisco Meraki Indoor Wave 2 Wi-Fi Access Points
Cisco's Meraki line of Wave 2 dual-band indoor APs includes value-priced units for general use and also high-end Wi-Fi Access Points that deliver performance of up to 2.5 Gbps. All Meraki indoor access points offer advanced functions such as self-configuration for fast installation, integrated data protection and performance analytics, automatic updates, and unified cloud-based management for wireless deployments of any scale, from a single site to multi-site networks. Cisco Meraki indoor access points also feature radios with advanced receive sensitivity plus a unique wireless intrusion detection and prevention system (wIDS/wIPS) with a specialized radio for RF analysis and on-the-fly packet inspection.
Additional features of the Cisco Meraki family of indoor access points are a GbE interface, 802.3af PoE support, hardware-accelerated encryption, wireless IPs, self-configured mesh routing, one-click protected guest access with a guest firewall, do-it-yourself splash pages, built-in policy firewall for in-depth group or device-based access control, integrated antivirus scan (NAC), WPA2-Enterprise authentication with Active Directory integration, Layer 7 traffic shaping for prioritizing or restricting specified types of applications, plus MIMO and integrated beam forming to support crowded environments without compromising range.
Cisco's Meraki MR20 is an entry-level Wave 2 Wi-Fi access point designed for small office or home office deployments. The cloud-managed AP features 2x2:2 MU-MIMO with two spatial streams and delivers up to 1.3 Gbps combined performance with 866 Mbps data rates in the 5 GHz band and 400 Mbps data rates in the 2.4 GHz band. The MR20 AP includes Meraki's Air Marshal wireless intrusion prevention system for threat detection and attack remediation. The AP has one 10/100/1000 BASE-T RJ45 port but does not have a Bluetooth radio. The MR20 AP is desktop, ceiling, or wall mountable.
The Meraki MR42 access point is a Wave 2 AP for performance-critical and/or high-density Wi-Fi networks. The MR42 supports 3◊3:3 MU-MIMO technology with beamforming, delivers a top transmission rate of 1.9 Gbit/sec, includes a GbE interface, and has a built-in Bluetooth BLE radio that provides scanning and Beaconing. Cisco's Meraki MR52 is a high-speed 802.11ac Wave 2 AP intended for high-density campus and enterprise environments. The 4-radio MR52 uses 4◊4 MU-MIMO technology with four spatial streams and beamforming, handles wireless data rates of up to 2.5 Gbps, supports 160 MHz channels, includes two GbE ports, and features a BLE radio. The Meraki MR53 Wi-Fi access point offers the same specs as the MR52 but includes a single 1 GigE port plus a 2.5 Gbps Multigigabit Ethernet interface.
The Cisco Meraki MR30H AP is a wall switch unit designed for hospitality or dorm room environments and features 2x2 MU-MIMO Wave 2 technology. The access point includes a built-in 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch, and a BLE radio for beaconing and scanning. The MR30H delivers combined performance of up to 1.3 Gbps with concurrent 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios. The Cisco Meraki MR33 is a general-purpose AP that can be deployed in offices, classrooms, health care facilities, retail stores and other busy venues. The MR33 offers the same feature set as the MR30H access point but is encased in a compact housing and does not include a integrated 4-port Gigabit Ethernet switch.
Legacy Cisco Meraki Indoor Wi-Fi APs
The Cisco Meraki MR18 access point, which has been discontinued, is a wall or desktop mountable 802.11n compatible unit that can deliver combined data rates as fast as 600 Mbps with its concurrent 2x2:2 MIMO radios. This no-frills Wi-Fi access point is intended for general-purpose use in low to moderate density venues. Cisco's Meraki MR32 is a wall, ceiling or desktop Wi-Fi AP with a 5 GHz 2x2:2 802.11ac radio and a 2.4 GHz 2x2:2 802.11n radio, offering a top combined frame rate of 1.2 Gbit/s. This device includes a Bluetooth BLE radio for Beaconing and scanning and is intended for high-density venues such as schools, 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. 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.
Meraki Cloud-managed Outdoor/Industrial Wireless Access Points
Cisco's Meraki outdoor wireless access points are IP67 certified, designed to operate in harsh outdoor conditions, and able to resist dust particles, vibration and moisture. Meraki outdoor access points include a Gigabit Ethernet port and deliver advanced capabilities that include cloud-based management with multi-site control, 802.1X integration, built-in antivirus scan, 1-click guest access and guest isolation firewall, application-aware traffic shaping, plus self-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming.
The Meraki MR62 is a value-priced, single-radio 802.11n outdoor wireless, access point that offers 300 Mbit/sec performance and offers a single-radio mesh and VPN connectivity for at-home workers. Cisco's mid-range Meraki MR66 wireless, AP features dual-concurrent radios with band steering, provides up to 600 Mbit/sec combined throughput, and features 2x2 MIMO, beamforming, and multi-radio mesh. The high-capacity Meraki MR72 is a three-radio Wi-Fi access point that supports throughput as high as 1.2 Gbps with combined 802.11ac and 802.11n 2x2:2 MIMO radios. A separate third radio is dedicated to WIDS/WIPS security and automated RF optimization. The MR72 access point also includes a BLE radio for Beaconing and scanning. The high-performance Meraki MR84 is a 4-radio outdoor access point engineered to handle challenging, high-density RF environments such as a stadium or other outdoor site. The MR84 features 4◊4:4 MU-MIMO, 160 MHz channels, a GbE port and a Multigigabit interface, and a built-in BLE radio.
Cisco's Meraki Cloud-hosted Wi-Fi Management Services
Cisco's Meraki Wi-Fi APs have the CPU, RAM and structural resources required to handle packet processing, QoS, layer 3-7 security, line-rate encryption, and other crucial access point services at the network boundary while simultaneously supporting Meraki's cloud-based management system. Cisco Meraki's extensive cloud management services provide unified control over a virtually unlimited selection of WLANs and devices via a single web-accessible dashboard with advanced features such as layer 7 device and application visibility, health and accessibility monitoring and alerts, management analytics, realtime diagnostics for remote troubleshooting, automatic patching, and enterprise-class security.
Meraki's cloud services offer unified management and analytics via a single dashboard
Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE networking consultants can help your organization to evaluate the business benefits of Meraki's cloud-based platform for managing Wi-Fi and wired infrastructure. Progent's experts can also help you to plan, deploy, and maintain a cohesive network ecosystem that incorporates Cisco's Meraki infrastructure products. For a more detailed description at Cisco Meraki cloud-hosted management services for wireless and wired network infrastructure, visit: Meraki cloud-hosted management services for Wi-Fi networks.
How Progent's Consultants Can Assist You with Meraki Wi-Fi Access Points
Progent's Cisco-certified wireless networking experts offer online and on-premises support to help businesses of any size to design, deploy, manage, tune or debug wireless networks that incorporate Meraki Wi-Fi APs. Progent's experts can provide as-needed assistance to guide you through an occasional IT impasse or Progent can provide end-to-end project management or co-management expertise to make sure that vital wireless initiatives are finished on schedule and on budget. Progent can assist you to combine Meraki-based Wi-Fi access points with Meraki switches and security products or with non-Meraki infrastructure devices from Cisco or other providers. (See Meraki switches integration consulting.) Progent's also offers wireless site surveys to assist your organization to select and position Meraki wireless APs optimally to support the range, performance, and client density you need for your wireless solution.
Progent's certified cybersecurity and compliance consultants can help you define policies that are applied consistently across your converged network that align with industry and government standards. Progent's disaster recovery planning consultants can help you to design resilient and restorable wireless ecosystems that deploy the high-availability technology designed into Meraki Wi-Fi APs and cloud management services.
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