Meraki Cloud Managed MR Wireless Access Points
I was recently introduced to the Cisco Meraki line of cloud managed network equipment and I was very impressed. The cloud based management of this equipment makes it amazingly easy to configure, deploy and manage. I got my first hands on with a Cisco Meraki MR12 wireless access point through their free online webinar series. https://meraki.cisco.com/lp/free-demo
I received the MR12 AP a couple of weeks after attending the online webinar. Installation is as simple a plugging it into a PoE port or standard switch with the included power supply. Once the MR12 is up and has an ip address from your DHCP server the cloud takes over. Login to the Meraki dashboard and add the serial number to your network. Now open up the AP from the cloud control panel and start configuring. When I first go mine I had 2 SSID’s up and running within a matter of 10 minutes with one secure internal wireless network and a public nat’d wireless network including a splash page and 1 hour timeout.
Being able to roll out SSID changes so quickly from a single webpage was pretty amazing. This now gives me the ability to make changes when I am traveling or if I have to remotely do troubleshooting since I am the IT guy of my home network.
So far I really like the Meraki gear and I am looking forward to playing with the MX series security appliance and switches. Since I recently attended a Meraki CMNA certification class I will be getting a MX60 security appliance, 8 port switch and an additional wireless access point.
- Cloud interface takes a bit of getting used to
- Easy to configure
- Remote management via cloud
- Detailed reporting included