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Cisco offers the Meraki (MR) line of wireless access points supporting basic LAN with inbuilt antivirus (NAC), cloud management with network-wide access control, and location analytics, as well as support for indoor and outdoor spaces of various sizes across different product models.https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/xb/mX/0W4XOSKBZXKO.JPEGCisco Meraki AP's, The Pot 'O Gold at the end of a rainbowWe are using Cisco Meraki Wireless Access points throughout our entire enterprise. We primarily utilize it for fast and secure wireless access for our mobile workstations on our manufacturing floor. Additionally, we leverage the built in Cisco Meraki Mobile Device Manager to monitor and maintain comprehensive control over our corporate owned cellphones and laptops. Business Problems Addressed: 1. Maintaining Compliance with NIST 800-171. We must maintain compliance due to the nature of our business with the government. The MDM (Mobile Device Management) capabilities enable us to comply with the requirements driven by the NIST 800-171 of being able to remotely wipe cellphones and laptop devices in event of misplacement or theft. 2. Provides a level of scalability that enables us to expand our Wi-Fi coverage quickly and easily. 3. Allows us to create policies that let us know whether or not the device(s) are in compliance. 4. Allows IT personnel to fully manage the AP's and devices from one pane of glass. The Meraki dashboard is cloud based and enables us to manage our mobile devices as well as our wireless infrastructure from any internet connected computer.,Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point, when set up properly in a large environment does a great job creating a seamless Wi-Fi enterprise class environment. The AP's mesh very well and with proper a design layout they can create a very robust and reliable Wi-Fi network capable of handling all your network needs. Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Points come with the cloud enabled Meraki Dashboard. The dashboard enables your IT Department to manage all Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Points from one pane of glass (one interface) as well as any other Cisco Meraki device; switches, firewalls, cameras, etc... The Cisco Meraki Dashboard provides an interface that makes troubleshooting and problem resolution more intuitive by providing seamless integration with all Cisco Meraki devices. If a Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point goes offline, you can set up email alerts to stay proactive in providing rapid response solutions. Swapping out a device in most cases takes only minutes due to the cloud based configuration transfer to the new device. Visibility and control over your Wi-Fi bandwidth is intuitive and easy to manage. the Firewall and traffic shaping feature allows you use layer 7 firewall rules to block unwanted applications such as peer-to-peer (P2P), Advertising, Web File Sharing, Gaming, Blogging, Online Backups, etc...many categories to choose from. You can eve block HTTP hostnames, ports, and remote IP addresses ranges and port ranges. Other traffic shaping rules include per client bandwidth limits and per SSID bandwidth limits. If you want to separate your corporate LAN from your guest networks, it as simple as setting up the included layer 3 firewall rules.,Depending on your business size and budget, the cloud based subscription model may not acceptable to upper management. Must maintain subscription to utilize Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Points. Additional functionality and support for Mobile Device Management (MDM) comes with an additional cost if you want telephone support, otherwise it is limited to a certain number of devices and tech support via email only.,10,Positive impact #1: Deployment of AP's are as easy as entering a serial number to your existing configuration and mounting the AP. The configuration automatically downloads to the AP as soon as it is plugged into the network. Huge time saver. Positive impact #2: Creating a seamless Wi-Fi infrastructure enables our mobile workstations to move around the manufacturing floor without loosing connectivity to our corporate network. Enables us to provide services to our manufacturing operations instantly. End users can access engineering data from anywhere on the operations floor without being tied down geographically. Positive impact #3: Managing all of my AP's from one console is a significant time savings. We can make global changes as well as update our firmware with a few clicks of the mouse. Adding new SSID's and making configuration changes deploy instantly to all affected AP's quickly. The only negative (from my perspective) is the annual cost and the fact that if your subscription runs out so does your access. However, Cisco, won't just turn you off immediately...they give you a grace period :). Additionally, when you add an AP, the time of your subscription is amortized across the quantity of AP's. So, if you have 10 AP's and are on a 3 year contract and then add an AP, the contract time left will be adjusted accordingly. Not a big deal to us, but something to think about before making a decision.,Aerohive Wireless,Retina Network Security Scanner, WatchGuard NGFW, Data DomainA perfect way to migrate WLAN administration and management to the cloudIt is deployed on some Sites but we are currently in the process to standardize on all sites. In the site that I currently work, the Meraki solution is fully deployed and is a great advantage to have the administration in the cloud and the simplicity of the deployment of new Access Points,Cloud Administration Simple deployment BYOD,Traffic Shaping Rf Optimization Ad authentication,8,the simplicity of the administration The easy of the hardware installation and deployment The ease of configuration,,Kaseya Virtual System Administrator (VSA), Fortinet FortiGate, Mandrill, Zoom, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service), BluehostA great Wireless solutionThis solution is in place in our main office only and is setup to resolve the issues we had with wireless blackspots with other solutions.,Simple to deploy Aesthetically pleasing Very simple to manage Great alerting when something goes down or is misconfigured Automatic updates, that you choose when to deploy "Set and forget",Some updates have caused a bug or two, but gets quickly resolved If you go offline, management/updating a device is obviously tricky as it relies on the cloud to get its config Local access to devices is limited, as above - if you are offline you cant pre-configure a device until its got internet access,9,No blackspots in the office Introduction of internal wifi to solve some of the issues the portable users had with "plugging in" all the time,AerohiveMeraki Wireless overall a WinBeing a construction company we have many temporary offices that only exist during the length of the job. Meraki makes it easy to deploy wireless and wired networks to our job trailers with out the need of sending a tech on site. This is a huge plus. The fact that they are cloud managed, and easy to deploy is great. We have had great success with these in the field.,Easy to deploy, templates for networks make it super easy apply the template you need for the site and send it. Easy to integrate into Microsoft Windows Active Directory for authenticating users. Cloud Managed so I can see the health of all my networks from one dashboard.,If you don't pay for maintenance they quit working. However, the value added with their maintenance makes it worth it.,9,Saves on travel costs. Saves on total hours. Great security. Allows for tunneling back to home office.,Meraki APsOur company is currently using the Meraki APs for our retail locations as well as our corporate office. Our techs enjoy using the features of the interface and have ease of use when utilizing the interface. The WAPs are easy to install and support has never been a problem. Firewall rules can be created per SSID and detecting high bandwidth users is easy with the web interface.,Easy setup Reliable hardware Cisco compatibility,Unnecessary interface changes Support has corrupted files Alerting for IDS could be better,9,Assisted in finding unauthorized network use Helps expedite configurations Easy to learn and administer by all levels of technical skills,
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September 12, 2018

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point Review: "Cisco Meraki AP's, The Pot 'O Gold at the end of a rainbow"

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We are using Cisco Meraki Wireless Access points throughout our entire enterprise. We primarily utilize it for fast and secure wireless access for our mobile workstations on our manufacturing floor. Additionally, we leverage the built in Cisco Meraki Mobile Device Manager to monitor and maintain comprehensive control over our corporate owned cellphones and laptops.

Business Problems Addressed:
1. Maintaining Compliance with NIST 800-171. We must maintain compliance due to the nature of our business with the government. The MDM (Mobile Device Management) capabilities enable us to comply with the requirements driven by the NIST 800-171 of being able to remotely wipe cellphones and laptop devices in event of misplacement or theft.
2. Provides a level of scalability that enables us to expand our Wi-Fi coverage quickly and easily.
3. Allows us to create policies that let us know whether or not the device(s) are in compliance.
4. Allows IT personnel to fully manage the AP's and devices from one pane of glass. The Meraki dashboard is cloud based and enables us to manage our mobile devices as well as our wireless infrastructure from any internet connected computer.
  • Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point, when set up properly in a large environment does a great job creating a seamless Wi-Fi enterprise class environment. The AP's mesh very well and with proper a design layout they can create a very robust and reliable Wi-Fi network capable of handling all your network needs.
  • Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Points come with the cloud enabled Meraki Dashboard. The dashboard enables your IT Department to manage all Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Points from one pane of glass (one interface) as well as any other Cisco Meraki device; switches, firewalls, cameras, etc...
  • The Cisco Meraki Dashboard provides an interface that makes troubleshooting and problem resolution more intuitive by providing seamless integration with all Cisco Meraki devices. If a Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point goes offline, you can set up email alerts to stay proactive in providing rapid response solutions. Swapping out a device in most cases takes only minutes due to the cloud based configuration transfer to the new device.
  • Visibility and control over your Wi-Fi bandwidth is intuitive and easy to manage. the Firewall and traffic shaping feature allows you use layer 7 firewall rules to block unwanted applications such as peer-to-peer (P2P), Advertising, Web File Sharing, Gaming, Blogging, Online Backups, etc...many categories to choose from. You can eve block HTTP hostnames, ports, and remote IP addresses ranges and port ranges. Other traffic shaping rules include per client bandwidth limits and per SSID bandwidth limits. If you want to separate your corporate LAN from your guest networks, it as simple as setting up the included layer 3 firewall rules.
  • Depending on your business size and budget, the cloud based subscription model may not acceptable to upper management.
  • Must maintain subscription to utilize Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Points.
  • Additional functionality and support for Mobile Device Management (MDM) comes with an additional cost if you want telephone support, otherwise it is limited to a certain number of devices and tech support via email only.
I have been a Cisco Meraki fan for many years. I love the cloud based model and the feature rich environment Cisco continually develops. Our business is considered a small business, however, with our facility size and square footage when discussing Wi-Fi coverage we are probably considered more along the lines of a medium / large enterprise. For us it made sense because of the direction we are taking with the Meraki devices such as AP's, switched and firewalls. The Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point along with the dashboard will enable us to manage all from one dashboard and for a small IT department like ours, that means more efficient deployment and troubleshooting. If you only need a couple AP's, I would recommend taking a more economical approach, however, if you need a meshed / redundant Wi-Fi network that is easy to scale out, Meraki AP's are suited perfectly.
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March 09, 2018

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point: "A perfect way to migrate WLAN administration and management to the cloud"

Score 8 out of 10
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It is deployed on some Sites but we are currently in the process to standardize on all sites. In the site that I currently work, the Meraki solution is fully deployed and is a great advantage to have the administration in the cloud and the simplicity of the deployment of new Access Points
  • Cloud Administration
  • Simple deployment
  • BYOD
  • Traffic Shaping
  • Rf Optimization
  • Ad authentication
WELL SUITED
  1. Low IT Employees supporting the operation
  2. Remote Branches
LESS APPROPRIATE
  1. A place where the internet is very well restricted
  2. Small business with just basic using of internet


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March 15, 2018

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point Review: "A great Wireless solution"

Score 9 out of 10
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This solution is in place in our main office only and is setup to resolve the issues we had with wireless blackspots with other solutions.
  • Simple to deploy
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Very simple to manage
  • Great alerting when something goes down or is misconfigured
  • Automatic updates, that you choose when to deploy
  • "Set and forget"
  • Some updates have caused a bug or two, but gets quickly resolved
  • If you go offline, management/updating a device is obviously tricky as it relies on the cloud to get its config
  • Local access to devices is limited, as above - if you are offline you cant pre-configure a device until its got internet access
This is another one of those stable, it just works solutions. The management interface via the cloud is great and simple, makes managing an entire 5-floor office a piece of cake. The hardware itself performs great. I've not had any real issues, 100% the best wireless product I have used.... but it is expensive! if your budget allows this is what you want for wireless!
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October 17, 2017

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point Review: "Meraki Wireless overall a Win"

Score 9 out of 10
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Being a construction company we have many temporary offices that only exist during the length of the job. Meraki makes it easy to deploy wireless and wired networks to our job trailers with out the need of sending a tech on site. This is a huge plus. The fact that they are cloud managed, and easy to deploy is great. We have had great success with these in the field.
  • Easy to deploy, templates for networks make it super easy apply the template you need for the site and send it.
  • Easy to integrate into Microsoft Windows Active Directory for authenticating users.
  • Cloud Managed so I can see the health of all my networks from one dashboard.
  • If you don't pay for maintenance they quit working. However, the value added with their maintenance makes it worth it.
If you want to deploy networking without the need of sending a tech to every site this is a great investment.
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November 22, 2017

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point Review: "Meraki APs"

Score 9 out of 10
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Our company is currently using the Meraki APs for our retail locations as well as our corporate office. Our techs enjoy using the features of the interface and have ease of use when utilizing the interface. The WAPs are easy to install and support has never been a problem. Firewall rules can be created per SSID and detecting high bandwidth users is easy with the web interface.
  • Easy setup
  • Reliable hardware
  • Cisco compatibility
  • Unnecessary interface changes
  • Support has corrupted files
  • Alerting for IDS could be better
Great for companies with limited IT support. Could be a problem for large organizations with extended security measures.
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November 08, 2017

Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point Review: "Cisco Meraki Wireless WAN for SMB organizations"

Score 9 out of 10
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We use Meraki Wireless (in addition to Firewall and Switching) for our entire mesh network at multiple locations. It has helped us resolve issues related to connectivity, remote work, public and private SSIDs, WIP, etc.
  • Seamless SSID configuration against multiple remote.
  • Layer-7 traffic shaping helps ensure that we offer expected services to our clientele while maintaining security and sufficient levels of bandwidth for business continuity.
  • Meraki's UI is extremely intuitive and user-friendly.
  • By far, the biggest issue (not necessarily specific to Wireless) is with VPN connections. Meraki is great at setting up and managing VPNs to Meraki peers but lacks basic and vital functionality when it comes to non-Meraki peers. I realize this is a function of the firewall, but for organizations looking at Meraki as a potential enterprise network solution, this should be a consideration.
  • Specifically related to Wireless WAN, we really have no reservations concerning functionality.
  • Meraki has always been expensive (with recurring licensing costs). However, since the acquisition by Cisco, this has multiplied.
Meraki is particularly well suited to organizations with larger and co-located facilities. It would be more difficult to realize the benefits that are unique to Meraki in an organization that is very small or only serves a few clients.
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About Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point

Cisco offers the Meraki (MR) line of wireless access points supporting basic LAN with inbuilt antivirus (NAC), cloud management with network-wide access control, and location analytics, as well as support for indoor and outdoor spaces of various sizes across different product models.
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