Meraki Access Points

Meraki Access Point - Meraki AP

The Meraki MR series stands as a pioneering enterprise-grade collection of cloud-managed WLAN access points, revolutionizing wireless connectivity in demanding business landscapes. Crafted to excel in challenging environments, these access points integrate cutting-edge 802.11ac and 802.11n technologies such as MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output), beamforming, and channel bonding to ensure unparalleled throughput and reliable coverage essential for high-performance applications.

Engineered with precision, the Cisco Meraki MR series epitomizes enterprise-grade excellence, leveraging the acclaimed Cisco Meraki cloud-managed architecture. This architecture delivers potent and user-friendly centralized management, effectively obviating the need for traditional on-site wireless controllers, thereby slashing costs and simplifying deployment and maintenance procedures.

The Meraki MR series is purposefully designed for enterprise settings marked by rigorous demands, boasting high-performance hardware, multiple radios, and a suite of advanced software features. With proven scalability and reliability, exemplified by a remarkable 99.9% cloud SLA (Service Level Agreement), these access points effortlessly accommodate the most demanding use cases, ensuring uninterrupted connectivity critical for business operations.

Diving deeper into the technical realm, the Meraki MR wireless access points offer a plethora of industry-leading features tailored to meet the rigors of enterprise deployments:

  1. Plug-and-Play Deployment: Simplified self-configuring setup streamlines deployment processes, minimizing setup time and operational complexities.

  2. 802.11ax MU-MIMO (Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output): Employs up to eight spatial streams optimized for voice and video transmissions, ensuring seamless communication and multimedia streaming even in high-density environments.

  3. Dedicated Security Radio with Integrated Spectrum Analysis: Indoor models feature a dedicated radio for security and RF (Radio Frequency) optimization, incorporating integrated spectrum analysis to detect and mitigate potential interference, enhancing overall network security and performance.

  4. Advanced Security Features: Comprehensive security measures, including protection against malware, ransomware, and command-and-control (C2) callbacks, seamlessly integrated with Umbrella for enhanced threat mitigation and network defense.

  5. Intrusion Detection and Prevention System (WIDS/WIPS): Integrated intrusion detection and prevention system actively monitors the wireless network, promptly identifying and mitigating potential security threats, ensuring data integrity and confidentiality.

  6. Intelligent Firmware Upgrades: Automated firmware updates intelligently scheduled during off-peak hours minimize downtime, ensuring uninterrupted connectivity and operational continuity.

  7. AI/ML-Powered Analytics: Harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), the access points offer sophisticated analytics capabilities for root cause analysis and Wi-Fi troubleshooting, enabling proactive network management and optimization.

  8. Advanced Application Visibility: Leveraging Cisco Network-Based Application Recognition (NBAR), the access points provide granular visibility into network traffic, facilitating efficient bandwidth management and application optimization.

  9. Flexible Group Policy Engine: Empowers administrators to create and apply application-aware policies based on network, device type, and end-user, ensuring optimal performance and security tailored to specific organizational requirements.

  10. Wi-Fi Personal Network (WPN): Unique feature enabling the creation of personal Wi-Fi networks (WPN) on shared networks such as dormitories, senior living facilities, and hotel rooms, ensuring privacy and security for individual users.

The advent of Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) heralded a new era of wireless connectivity, introducing a myriad of enhancements over its predecessors. Notably, Wi-Fi 6E extends this evolution by harnessing the 6 GHz band, offering a vast spectrum spanning from 5.925 GHz to 7.125 GHz. This expansive spectrum provides over twice the available capacity of the combined 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, facilitating wider channels (80 MHz and 160 MHz) and accommodating a diverse range of bandwidth-intensive and latency-sensitive applications.

By venturing into the 6 GHz band, Wi-Fi 6E alleviates congestion, contention, and degradation issues prevalent in the legacy bands, thereby enhancing overall network performance and user experience. This enhanced spectrum capacity is instrumental in scaling mission-critical network infrastructures to meet the evolving needs of hybrid work, remote work, and smarter workspaces, ensuring seamless connectivity and productivity across diverse environments.

In summary, the Meraki MR series, coupled with the transformative capabilities of Wi-Fi 6E, represents a paradigm shift in enterprise wireless networking. From unparalleled performance and reliability to advanced security features and seamless scalability, these access points empower organizations to embrace the future of connectivity with confidence and efficiency.

Available Models:

Each model within the Meraki MR series is meticulously engineered to deliver unparalleled performance, reliability, and security, empowering organizations to embrace the future of wireless connectivity with confidence and efficiency.

Meraki Wireless Access Point Dashboard License & Support Options

LIC-ENT-1YR - Cisco Meraki MR Enterprise License and Support, 1 Year
LIC-ENT-3YR - Cisco Meraki MR Enterprise License and Support, 3 Year
LIC-ENT-5YR - Cisco Meraki MR Enterprise License and Support, 5 Year
LIC-ENT-7YR - Cisco Meraki MR Enterprise License and Support, 7 Year
LIC-ENT-10Y - Cisco Meraki MR Enterprise License and Support, 10 Year
LIC-MR-ADV-1Y - Cisco Meraki MR Advanced License and Support, 1 Year
LIC-MR-ADV-3Y - Cisco Meraki MR Advanced License and Support, 3 Year
LIC-MR-ADV-5Y - Cisco Meraki MR Advanced License and Support, 5 Year

Unlocking Wireless Access - Cisco Meraki MR License Tiers Explained

Cisco Meraki offers licensing for MR wireless Access Points, with one license required per AP. The wireless license product line consists of two tiers:

  1. Enterprise: Featuring network access control, RADIUS authentication, multi-site management, guest access, diagnostics, monitoring, traffic shaping, and enterprise-class phone support. (LIC-ENT-xYR)

  2. Advanced: Meraki Advanced Security licenses offer enhanced protection beyond Enterprise, safeguarding against new and diverse threats for comprehensive network defense such as Automatic Umbrella Intergration and Adaptive Policy. (LIC-MR-ADV-xYR)

Cisco Meraki cloud-managed access points deliver wireless, security, location, and analytics services, requiring only a single license to support these functionalities. MR licenses are model-agnostic, encompassing both MR Enterprise and MR Advanced types.

Every Cisco Meraki access point necessitates valid licensing to operate. The MR Enterprise license encompasses standard MR features, including but not limited to:

  • Cloud management
  • Zero-touch firmware upgrades
  • Zero-touch provisioning
  • 24x7 enterprise support
  • RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization)
  • API support
  • Bluetooth and ESL integration with SES-imagotag (supported on access points with the IoT radio)
  • Meraki Health
  • NBAR (Network-Based Application Recognition) integration (minimum firmware and hardware requirements apply)
  • Security features like Air Marshal, Layer 3 and Layer 7 firewall rules
  • API Umbrella integration (requires a separate Cisco Umbrella license)
  • And others

The MR Advanced license encompasses all MR Enterprise features and adds additional functionalities, such as:

  • Automatic Umbrella Integration
  • Adaptive Policy
  • 2 x MT Licenses (available only in co-term licensing model)

By leveraging these licensing options, organizations can tailor their MR wireless Access Points to meet their specific needs, ensuring robust wireless networking performance and enhanced security features.

Meraki Outdoor Antennas:

  1. MA-ANT-20: Meraki 4dBi/7dBi Dual-Band Omni Antennas (set of 2)
  2. MA-ANT-21: Meraki 5 GHz MIMO 13 dBi Sector Antenna
  3. MA-ANT-23: Meraki 2.4 GHz MIMO 11dBi Sector Antenna
  4. MA-ANT-25: Meraki Dual-Band 8dBi / 6.5dBi Patch Antenna (use quantity 2 if using with 4x4:4 APs)
  5. MA-ANT-27: Meraki Dual-Band 9dBi/12dBi Sector Antenna (use quantity 2 if using with 4x4:4 APs)
  6. AIR-ANT2513P4M-N: Cisco Aironet Four-Port Dual-Band Polarization-Diverse Array Antenna (Stadiums)
  7. CW-ANT-O1-NS-00: Tri-band 2.4/5/6 GHz 4/8/8 dBi omnidirectional self-identifying antenna
  8. CW-ANT-D1-NS-00: 2x2 4-Port tri-band 2.4/5/6 GHz 8/9/9 dBi directional patch self-identifying antenna with four integrated cables