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Meraki MR

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What is Meraki MR?

Cisco's Meraki MR Series is a wireless LAN solution.

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What is Meraki MR?

The Meraki MR series is an enterprise-grade line of cloud-managed WLAN access points. Designed for challenging enterprise environments, the MR access points use advanced Wi-Fi 6 technologies including MU-MIMO, OFDMA, beam forming and channel bonding to deliver the throughput and reliable coverage required by demanding business applications.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Cisco's Meraki MR Series is a wireless LAN solution.

Ubiquiti WLAN, FortiAP, and WatchGuard Secure Wi-Fi Cloud are common alternatives for Meraki MR.

Reviewers rate Product Scalability highest, with a score of 9.6.

The most common users of Meraki MR are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees).
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Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
With the product Cisco Meraki MR, I was able to create high performance wireless networks for my customers with minimal effort. Onboarding access points to the Meraki dashboard is very simple. This allows you to have all the access points under control from the first moment and allows you to have a single point of configuration and monitoring of the entire WiFi network.
  • Simplicity
  • Flexibility
  • Good design
  • Traffic visibility
  • Client visibility
  • Device traffic monitoring
The best scenarios in which Cisco Meraki MR has excellent use potential are those related to offices. The simplicity of configuration helps in the deployment of these scenarios and helps the customer in monitoring the access points in industrial scenarios, where some particular configuration is necessary, these access points are a little more problematic.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
150 sites across the world, each with wireless requirement for users, guest users as well as for IOT devices.
Meraki MR (access points) are easy to setup, configure, manage and monitor. Support for Layer2 isolation, basic policies and traffic shaping are really adding to the overall value. Anyone with basic networking knowledge is able to configure.
  • multiple SSIDs with different access options
  • from PSK authentication to Enterprise WPA2 or even iPSK without Radius
  • great GUI with easy and intuitive setup
  • missing authentication with IDP provider integrations like Azure Entra ID
- personal (home) use,
- small business
- medium business
- large business
As long as you can afford a bit premium price and licensing, Meraki MR will do the job
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We have leveraged Cisco Meraki MR access points across our entire organization. From our corporate sites, to over 350 clinics across the US. We were previously utilizing Ubiquiti solutions at our corporate locations, and found it was not a fit for us. We have found the reliability, management, metrics Meraki MR provides has allowed us to continue our rapid growth.
  • Management- Profiles and templates are easy to deploy
  • Reliability- the up time for these APs (outside expected firmware updates) is class leading in my opinion
  • Transparency- we are able to quickly gather metrics on the RF environment to properly identify potential issues and maintain a positive UX
  • Licensing- unfortunately this is the big sticking point for Meraki, is licensing can get costly. You're now adding opex to what most vendors is capex.
I came from several years of the managed services space before transitioning to an internal IT role. We have found that the ease of use and deployment combined with the bulletproof reliability of the Cisco Meraki MR platform makes it an easy sell for many types of organizations. I still recommend Cisco Meraki MR to anyone looking for an enterprise networking solution.
Matteo Rosi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
Cisco Meraki MR access points are our best product for wireless technology, they are really trustable, and one of the best feature is that they are really plug and play, we can send all the Meraki products directly to our customer without any pre configuration. If I have to highlight a problem is the license side, every Meraki product to work need a one per product license that in any case cost more that the product itself and sometimes this is a problem when we propose the product to our customer. But overall I really love the Meraki portfolio, and I hope that in the future all the cisco portfolio follow the Meraki way.
  • Easy installation
  • Easy management
  • Easy modification
  • Amazing dashboard that permit to monitor all the network
  • More customization
  • A no license version of the product
  • A dark mode for the dashbord
Cisco Meraki MR, from my point of view, is awesome in every scenario.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
Network as a Service, Meraki Servicer Provider
  • Manageability
  • Performance
  • Ease of use
  • Troubleshooting tools
  • Logging
  • Roaming logging
0-touch deployment scenarios, non-tech corporations, Managed Services Provider
February 07, 2024

Cisco Meraki MR

Simon Watkins | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
I deploy Cisco Meraki MR devices, mostly for guest and corporate access at remote sites around the world. The main reason that I deploy Cisco Meraki MR products is that the IT teams I work with are quite lite on resources and the Meraki products that I deploy really help with managing the solution.
  • Management
  • Upgrades
  • Support
  • Umbrella integration
Cisco Meraki MR products work really well in offices where the environment is not challenging from an RF perspective. If I had to deploy Wi-Fi or wireless products in somewhere like a warehouse, then I would most probably choose to go with traditional Cisco Catalyst products, as it’s much more configurable than a similar Meraki solution.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The Cisco Meraki MR is placed for all the campuses, but we have very few problems with only the bad roams, basically.
  • Security
  • Perfomance
  • Missing funcionality
I give Cisco Meraki MR a nine out of ten for use within indoor spaces.
Trevor Mayes | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
When I first started we used MR18 and MR16 but then graduated to the Mr33. I love the flexibility of the APs. I am a beta tester for the new 9163E. I love the Cisco Meraki MR platform it helps us to stay light and connected. I have convinced management to let me implement MRs everywhere and remove our controller based equipment.
  • Onboarding
  • Config sync
  • Easily deploy
  • I know it may not happen but Mesh with MXs would be cool
  • Change that firewall rule to allow ips by default
The ease of use would be the biggest winner. Great coverage, features that keep you connected and secure. You can easily scale up and down depending on need. Hot swappable devices that are ready once added to the portal. Cisco Meraki MRs just work and that is what we enjoy most. The continual uptime is really nice. With Cisco WLC and APs we always have issues with connectivity.
Eduardo Montes de Oca Huerta | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
MR equipment is used in 2 ways, the first is that through them we are provided with a Wi-Fi connection to the intranet and thus be able to connect from any device, the second is a product that is provided to our clients as an advanced Wi-Fi solution. for your network.
  • endpoint support
  • the types of authentication you have
  • the signal intensity that propagates
  • I would like the possibility of being able to use MR equipment without the need for a license, even if it has few functionalities
The most appropriate scenario is when a network has many SSIDs and must be configured in a similar way, in which the MRs, being registered in the dashboard, massively propagate the configuration for a group of APs.You can have different configurations on certain APs, just put them in another group and keep the majority of the configuration similar.
Vishal Gaur | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We are using it in our India office, no issues so far, very smooth experience for users and multitude of features to explore connectivity with security equipment like ISE. This enables us to perform authorisation based on user identity as well as device posturing check before allowing a user into the network.
  • Simplify deployment
  • Robust connectivity
  • Ease of upgrade
  • Stack upgrade process, should have ability to only upgrade one switch in the stack at a time to ensure connectivity at all times
Well suited :

For almost any office environment, it's one of the best for providing stable WiFi connectivity to users.

Less appropriate :

None comes to mind
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We have implemented 36 Meraki MR44 Access Points at our 2 sites in France. At our head office, the aim was to replace aging Cisco Access Points, and at our branch office to set up several Wi-Fi networks. Today, we have to be careful with our energy consumption, which is why we chose this model of Meraki Wi-Fi Access Points, because within the Web console, we can modify these energy parameters.
  • setup
  • managing
  • electrical consumption
  • have only the best channel (frequency)
  • manage more SSIDs
  • more options about electricity consumption
For our part, we use Meraki switches and Access Points. The great thing is that you can set up all the Wi-Fi Access Pointsin advance, using the Meraki web portal. Then all you have to do is ship them to the site, where one of your colleagues simply connects them.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We have been deploying Cisco Meraki MR access points for approximately ten years to education. The customers love the simplicity of management, quality and reliability. Historically with other vendors it was always difficult to perform capacity planning (even with full site survey) but the Meraki dashboard allows us to quickly identify and address problem areas with ease.
  • Reliability
  • Easy problem diagnosis
  • High capacity
  • Management from anywhere
  • You have to have license to use them, otherwise they effectively they become trash! It would be good to see a one off standalone license where they don't have any support or access to Meraki dash, but could be reused as a simple standalone AP with limited features.
  • (Much like I see people reflashing with OpenWRT)
All Meraki equipment is very suited to large multi-site / multi-customer MSPs. It's less appropriate home use and even some small SOHO use.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
Cisco Meraki MR wireless access points are deployed all over our offices and the wireless configurations are very simple and easy to use, we love the ability to manage everything in a single pane of glass. Integration with other Meraki products is seamless and all MR products have a good performance and also great aesthetics. The only downside is the price. Definitely the best cloud Managed Wifi products we ever used. ( no more roaming problems ore bad wifi performance in clients)
  • Client roaming
  • Visiblity (over the clients and trafic, SSIDs etc..)
  • Security (Firewall rules, content filtering, gest access)
  • Automatic Updates and Maintenance
  • Price and Trade up Programs
  • Reduced functionality of nonlicensed devices ( instead of turning the device into a brick)
  • Integration with on prem CISCO WLCs.
Multiple locations geographically disperse. All types of Offices, every site with public wifi, schools, and government / public sites. Not very suited for industry and Manufacturing it needs more rugged and certified Cisco Meraki MR (extreme temperatures, corrosive gases, high humidity, etc.) Also be caution with sites with bad internet or very slow connections.
George Hanson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use the Cisco Meraki MR access points for wireless connectivity for both corporate and guest SSID wireless networks. For the corporate SSID, the access points tunnel the traffic to a Cisco Meraki MX 100, which acts as the Wifi concentrator to allow for access point roaming. For the Guest SSID, we have access rules on the APs, which only allows outbound web traffic, so that they cannot communicate with other devices on the wireless network or on the local LAN. The setup is simple and easy within the Meraki dashboard.
  • Great reachability within the buildings.
  • They can now integrate with Cisco Umbrella
  • Mutiple SSIDs can be setup, with different authentication options.
  • You can gather analytics from the devices to see what kind of traffic is traversing the access points.
  • It would be nice for the devices to be able to accurately place itself on a heat map, instead of having to manually upload floor plans and manually placing the devices on the correct map location.
  • The hardware to mount the devices could be done a bit better.
It is well suited inside office buildings where devices need to be able to have wireless connectivity to their network, or to have the ability to create a guest network that is restricted. Also, if you need a wireless solution that is easy to setup and monitor, then the Meraki Dashboard is a great tool for these access points.
December 06, 2023

Keeping many connected

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Large campus in a remote location with limited local support. Cisco Meraki MR solves many of these issues.
  • Auto configuration
  • Splash Screen support
  • A variety of models
  • Dark mode not on all models
  • Poor rear access for pre termed cables on some models
Ease of deployment
September 19, 2023

Cisco Meraki MR Review

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
These access points are used for connecting small offices and, typically, we were looking for some sort of access points, so these came in handy.
  • Ease to use
  • Robust
  • Quick setup
  • API
  • Scripting
  • Improve on latency
We use these for small offices where they come in perfectly. We use Cisco Meraki MR for sites that just need internet access and we can monitor what traffic is being used.
Kevin Almond | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Cisco Meraki MR is utilised within our own organisation to deliver flexible working solutions to our staff. With the adoption of hybrid working not every member of staff now has a permanent desk and hot-desking has become the norm. To facilitate this we needed a robust and agile solution, that was also very easy for even 1st line staff to manage and monitor. As well as simple connectivity, the wireless solution needed to be able to prioritise voice and web conferencing traffic to ensure a wireless user would be able to receive the same service levels as that of a wired user and a compatible user experience.
  • Simple management and monitoring
  • Easy to redeploy and relocate
  • Good wireless signal range
  • Cisco Meraki MR sometimes do release software version that have problems
  • A Mobile App has been released to aid with admin support of the solution, but it needs to improve in stability
  • The new management interface now consumes more area of the web page and isn't as concise as before. Albeit it looks more modern.
If you are looking for enterprise-grade wireless networking solution, then Cisco Meraki MR is definitely a solution that you should consider. There are a wide variety of AP's which cover every eventuality from entry-level, to hotel rooms and then to high-density stadiums and external environments. The design is very easy on the eye and deployment is very straightforward, ensuring that you aren't installing something that stands out too much and is a problem from the outset to fit. Cisco Meraki MR lends itself to lean IT Teams that don't have the manpower or technical capability to manage large estates and with it being Cloud Controlled, it requires no on-site hardware (controller) and simply needs power and internet access. Where Cisco Meraki MR's deployment could be called into question, is when the admin team needs very granular control of users and traffic and also need enhanced reporting. Under these circumstances, Cisco Catalyst products should be considered.
Justin Hannan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We selected Cisco Meraki MR technology to replace an aging HP MSM solution. We were after a number of deliverables for our new solution... 1. Value for money 2. Ease of administration, config, and installation 3. Modern and scalable Cisco Meraki MR ticked all of our boxes and enabled us to introduce new WiFi services to the organization in a controlled fashion, benefit from new WiFi technology that supported us in shifting the entire organization from wired desktops & laptops to new devices and WiFi only. Saving considerable money to no longer require flood wiring of offices and enabling more flexible options for our staff and accommodation strategy. We also went on to implement SD-WAN to replace traditional MPLS WAN and LAN switches, so we benefit from a 'single pane of glass' solution for the majority of organization networking needs.
  • Ease of use
  • Intuitive
  • Performance
  • Scalability
  • Licensing options within the portal, e.g. calculate co-term
  • End of Life/Support information for equipment within Portal
  • Ability to import 3D layouts of offices
With its cloud controllers you no longer need to have physical controller equipment on-premise, so it supports cloud strategies. Where you require a flexible approach to providing WiFi this technology really helps with dealing with moving goalposts and being able to deliver WiFi services quickly and effectively. We additionally innovated to provide a 'WiFi in a Box' solution by combining it with 4/5G mobile, which enabled the delivery of corporate WiFi for staff and company events in random locations around the UK.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We are in the process of replacing our Cisco 3800 series APs with Meraki MR56 APs. This move has allowed us to address issues of coverage and monitoring that we weren't able to resolve with our 5508 WLCs. The Meraki APs provide us with better coverage as well as increased troubleshooting tools and data. Our users will often tell us of an issue they experienced last Tuesday rather than in the moment.

As for the scope, we have 31 offices worldwide ranging from a handful of users to a thousand users. The switch to Meraki has allowed us to divorce ourselves from the wireless controllers and focus upgrades on the APs themselves. This will allow us to be more agile as technology progresses.
  • Provides real-time and historic data right in the dashboard, allowing my team to troubleshoot user issues and identify larger problems much easier.
  • Meraki APs are known as "loud talkers", and have really improved coverage on the edges of our spaces. Our users live and die by Zoom, and stability has been greatly enhanced. We did have an issue with significant packet drops, and their support team was able to quickly help us figure out the cause.
  • Meraki devices in general are very easy to use. Perhaps too easy. We are a team of engineers used to having CLI access, so being GUI-only is a challenge.
  • STOP FORCING UPGRADES!!! I will review releases and determine which ones fit my environment the best. I will then choose the upgrade time that fits a location's particular needs.
I've often heard Meraki is great for retail, educational settings but not for enterprise. I'd disagree with this. It has been working quite well in our enterprise environment, and has been a noticeable improvement over our previous wireless network. The administration through the dashboard is great, and using APIs can greatly streamline implementation as well as changes. If you need granular control over every aspect of the wireless network and experience, this may not be the solution for you. But as a 5 member team that handles all wireless, switching, routing and remote access for an international firm, the ease of administration has been a blessing.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
It easily lets us manage multiple users end to end and easily troubleshoot issues at a glance. We use it to cover a warehouse floor with wifi and office areas.
  • Airtime Monitoring
  • Client utilization at a glance
  • Easy updates
  • Firmware stability
  • wifi 6e troubleshooting features/documentation
Meraki APs are easy to deploy quickly and easy to manage. When they have firmware issues the high density deployments break down and are harder to troubleshoot, they're more suited for low density uses because of this
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
Meraki MR is a product that eases the administration for the customer and provides a short route in implementation for the consultant. A nice visual dashboard gives the customer an excellent view throughout the network. Most beneficial when dealing with many branches in several different places, it the branches furthest away that need most attention, with Meraki Dashboard all branches are as close as the HQ.
  • Centralised management when handling branches.
  • Easy to determin what model is suitable.
  • Stable and reliable wifi
  • Works well for both office and manufacturing due to the amount of antenna choices
  • Remote management and/or wifi as a service is easily implemented.
  • License and support in one SKU is appreciated
  • External antenna even for the MR44 and MR36. Customers may need the reach but not necessarily have a dense trafic environment.
  • Useful to keep the same AP mount, just as for Cisco classic
  • Power mode to save energy at certain times
  • Connect an AP via tunneling to wifi to reach places where cabling is hard to fulfill
  • When entering a renewal license before last date of renewal , old devices with still time left disapears
Smaller companies with several branches gives a centralised visibility without needing an extensive NOC. But even dense usage office spaces is well suited for Meraki and easy to follow in the dashboard. Meraki is at the moment less usable in smaller warehouses and factory floors since you have to go for the higher density MR46E even when coverage doesn't produce high traffic, the solution is more AP choices with external antenna besides the MR46E.
February 23, 2023

Easy and scalable AP

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
Wireless network coverage in many different environments: enterprise, hospitality and retail
  • Easy to configure, zero touch deployment
  • Easy to manage
  • Flexible licensing
  • Limited choices for external antennas
  • Different external antennas for different AP models
  • Industrial environment support
Perfect for retail and hospitality, not so good in industrial environment
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