Cisco Meraki Cloud-managed Wireless Access Points
Cisco Meraki wireless access points are designed to be configured and managed using Meraki's subscription-based cloud services. Meraki's cloud services provide a centralized platform for managing Meraki Wi-Fi access points, switches and security appliances from a single web-accessible control console. Meraki offers a variety of Wave 2 wireless access points for indoor and outdoor venues. These 802.11ac devices feature multigigabit Ethernet, location analytics, application visibility and control (AVC) for prioritizing key workloads, automatic RF spectrum optimization, dedicated security radios, plus the ability to apply policies and bandwidth allocation rules based on user class. Meraki's cloud-hosted management services and wide selection of access points allow you to deploy and manage wireless networks that scale from a home office or micro-branch to a multi-site or distributed network with thousands of WiFi users.
Meraki's cloud services centralize the management of WiFi access points, switches and firewalls across multiple sites
Progent's Cisco-certified wireless networking consultants can provide online and onsite expertise to help you design, deploy, manage, tune, and troubleshoot Wi-Fi networks that include Cisco Meraki wireless access points. Progent can also assist your organization to design and configure hybrid environments that seamlessly integrate on-premises and cloud resources and that feature convenient access, advanced security, centralized management, and responsive performance across all your wired and wireless client devices. Progent also offers economical wireless site surveys to assist you in the selection, placement, and configuration of Cisco Meraki Wi-Fi access points in order to build a Wi-Fi solution tuned to your physical site or sites, user density, and application workloads.
Cisco Meraki Indoor Wireless Access Points
Cisco's selection of Meraki dual-band indoor WiFi access points runs from entry-level devices for small office or home workers to high-end APs that deliver enterprise-class performance and scale. All Meraki indoor APs feature advanced functions like plug-and-play installation, tight security, mobile device support, integrated analytics, automatic over-the-web firmware updates, and centralized cloud management for multi-site and distributed networks. Each Meraki indoor WiFi AP also includes two powerful client-serving radios with boosted receive sensitivity plus a dedicated WIDS/WIPS security radio that performs spectrum analysis and deep packet inspection in real time.
Other features of Meraki indoor WiFi APs include a Gigabit Ethernet interface, 802.3af PoE compatibility, hardware-accelerated encryption, wireless IPs, self-healing mesh routing with zero-configuration, cloud-centric location analytics, single-click secure guest access with an isolation firewall, customizable splash pages for hot spots, access control based on groups or devices, integrated anti-virus scan, WPA2-Enterprise authentication with 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, Layer 7 traffic shaping for controlling bandwidth allocation according to application class, plus MIMO and built-in beam forming to accommodate high-density venues.
Cisco's Meraki MR20 is a value-priced Wave 2 wireless access point designed for small office/home office (SOHO) venues. The dual-radio MR20 features 2x2:2 MU-MIMO with two spatial streams and delivers 1.3 Gbps aggregate performance (866 Mbps for the 5 GHz radio and 400 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band). The WiFi access point includes Meraki's Air Marshal wireless intrusion prevention system (WIPS) for threat detection and response. The device has a single 10/100/1000 BASE-T Ethernet RJ45 interface and does not include a Bluetooth BLE radio. The MR20 AP can be placed on a desktop or mounted on a wall or ceiling.
Cisco's Meraki MR42 is an 802.11ac Wave 2 AP designed for wireless networks that require speed and high density. The MR42 features 3×3:3 MU-MIMO with beamforming, provides 1.9 Gbps performance, has a Gigabit Ethernet interface, and includes a built-in Bluetooth radio for scanning and beaconing. The Meraki MR52 is a Wave 2 access point intended for high-density campus and enterprise venues. Equipped with four radios, the MR52 features 4×4 MU-MIMO with four spatial streams and beamforming, delivers 2.5 Gbps performance, supports 160 MHz channels, has two GE Ethernet ports, and includes an integrated Bluetooth radio. Cisco's Meraki MR53 access point is similar to the Meraki MR52 but includes one GE port and a 2.5 Gbps Multigigabit Ethernet interface.
Cisco's Meraki MR30H is a wall switch WiFi access point intended for hospitality or dorm venues. The Wave 2 AP features 2x2 MU-MIMO, an integrated 4-port GB Ethernet switch, and a built-in Bluetooth radio for scanning and beaconing. The MR30H delivers 1.3 Gbps aggregate performance. The Meraki MR33 is a versatile WiFi access point intended for offices, schools, hospitals, retail stores and other medium-density venues. The MR33 is similar to the MR30H AP but has a compact enclosure and does not have a 4-port GB Ethernet switch.
Earlier Generation Meraki Indoor Wi-Fi Access Points
Cisco's Meraki MR18 is a wall-mountable or desktop 802.11n dual-radio Wi-Fi access point that features 2x2:2 MIMO and delivers 600 Mbps performances. This value-priced AP is intended for general-purpose use in low-density venues. The Meraki MR32 is a wall/ceiling mountable or desktop wireless access point with a 5 GHz 2x2:2 802.11ac radio plus a 2.4 GHz 2x2:2 802.11n radio. Maximum performance is 1.2 Gbps. This access point includes a Bluetooth radio for beaconing and BLE scanning and is intended for medium-density campus, shop, and enterprise venues.
The Meraki MR34 Wave 1 access point features 3x3 MIMO and delivers 1.75 Gbps throughput. Designed for high density applications, the MR34 offers 802.af PoE and 802.3at PoE+ and does not include a Bluetooth radio. The MR34 has reached end-of-life status.
Cisco Meraki Cloud-managed Outdoor/Industrial Wi-Fi Access Points
Cisco's Meraki outdoor and industrial wireless access points are IP67 rated, engineered to work in outdoor venues, and certified to withstand dust, shock, vibration and moisture. Meraki outdoor WiFi APs include a GB Ethernet interface and provide advanced features such as cloud management, 802.1X and native Active Directory support, integrated AV security scanning, single-click secure guest access and firewall isolation, application-aware traffic shaping, and self-configuring mesh with MIMO and beamforming.
Cisco's Meraki MR62 is an entry-level single-radio 802.11n outdoor WiFi access point offering 300 Mbps throughput and featuring a single-radio mesh plus VPN support for remote clients. The Meraki MR66 has dual radios with band steering, delivers 600 Mbps throughput, and features 2x2 MIMO, beamforming, and multi-radio mesh. The Meraki MR72 is a three-radio WiFi access point that delivers 1.2 Gbps performance with concurrent 802.11ac and 802.11n 2x2:2 MIMO radios. A third radio is dedicated to WIDS/WIPS security and automatic spectrum optimization. The MR72 incorporates a Bluetooth radio for beaconing and scanning. The high-end Meraki MR84 is a 4-radio outdoor WiFi access point intended for challenging high-density venues like stadiums or other outdoor venues. The MR84 features 4×4:4 MU-MIMO, 160 MHz channels, a 1 GB Ethernet interface and a Multigigabit Ethernet port, plus a built-in Bluetooth radio.
Meraki's Cloud-based WiFi Management Services
Meraki's cloud-based management services offer centralized administration and control over multi-site WiFi networks of practically any size. Meraki's web-accessible control console provides device and application visibility, availability and performance monitoring with automatic alerts, extensive reporting and analytics for network tuning, over-the-web software updates, and advanced security. Meraki cloud services also handle issues such as route discovery, authentication, and security policy enforcement.
Individual Meraki wireless access points have the CPU power, storage capacity, and system architecture needed to perform line-rate packet processing, Quality of Service, layer 3-7 security, hardware-assisted encryption, and other core functions while at the same time communicating with Meraki's cloud services for remote management. If the connection to Meraki cloud services is interrupted for any reason, clients can continue to use their Wi-Fi networks while service is being restored. You can also integrate Meraki service stacks for Meraki switches and firewalls, allowing you to build a unified solution for managing your entire network infrastructure from a single pane of glass.
Meraki's cloud services provide extensive reporting and analytics via a web-accessible control console
Traffic sent from Meraki access points to the Meraki service cloud is limited to control information and does not include application data or web browsing traffic. WiFi access point control data is transmitted efficiently over an out-of-band management tunnel that requires only around 1 kbps of bandwidth per managed access point. This avoids AP performance degradation while at the same time saving businesses the cost and management hassle of installing and operating wireless controller hardware within the network core.
For more details about the features of Meraki's cloud-based management services, see Cisco Meraki Wi-Fi access point cloud management services consulting.
How Progent Can Help You Integrate and Manage Cisco Meraki WiFi Access Points
Progent's Cisco-certified Wi-Fi networking consultants offer online and onsite support to help businesses of any size to plan, deploy, manage, expand, or debug Wi-Fi environments that utilize Cisco Meraki wireless access points. Progent's consultants can provide on-demand expertise to help you resolve occasional technical issues or Progent can provide full-service project management or co-management support to make sure strategic Wi-Fi projects are carried out successfully, on schedule, and on budget. Progent can help you integrate Meraki wireless access points with Meraki switches and security appliances or with non-Meraki network products from Cisco or other manufacturers. (See Cisco Meraki switches consulting.) Progent's also offers wireless site surveys to help you select, place, and configure Cisco Meraki wireless access points to provide optimal coverage, performance, and user capacity as required by your Wi-Fi environment.
Progent's certified network security and compliance experts can help you apply consistent best-practices-based policies across your Wi-Fi and wired networks and verify that your security profile is compliant with industry and regulatory requirements. Progent's disaster preparedness and business continuity planning consultants can help you design and test a high-availability and recoverable Wi-Fi environment that incorporates the fault-tolerant technology built into Cisco-Meraki wireless access points and cloud services.
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