Centrally Managed from the Cloud
Meraki provides powerful and intuitive centralized management via the cloud, while eliminating the cost and complexity of traditional on-site wireless controllers. Meraki’s cloud seamlessly manages campus-wide WiFi deployments and distributed multi-site networks with zero-touch access point provisioning, network-wide visibility and control, cloud-based RF optimization, seamless firmware updates and more. With an intuitive browser-based user interface, Meraki WLANs configure in minutes — not days or weeks — without training or dedicated staff.
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Bring Your Own Device
Meraki is the first and only solution that provides everything you need for a secure, reliable, headache-free BYOD network — 100% integrated, without added cost or complexity. Use integrated Layer 7 client fingerprinting to identify devices and measure their impact. Automatically apply device-specific policies to iOS devices, Androids, PCs, and more. Quickly and easily enable BYOD while maintaining a secure environment, for example by using NAC to restrict access to PCs that have antivirus software.
Control Applications, Users, and Devices
Meraki is the only wireless LAN to include Layer 7 fingerprinting and application QoS. Identify hundreds of applications, from business apps to BitTorrent and YouTube. Prioritize critical apps like VoIP, and limit or block wasteful bandwidth consumption such as P2P file sharing. Apply policies by device type, automatically assigning VLAN tags, traffic shaping rules, bandwidth limits, and firewall policies to iPads and other device types. And user fingerprinting with Google-like search allows administrators to easily identify and control individual users, iPads, Androids, and other devices.
Meraki provides complete out-of-the-box enterprise class security. Segment wireless users, applications, and devices; secure your network from attacks; and enforce the right policies for each class of users. Meraki’s built-in stateful policy firewall, 802.1X/RADIUS support, and native Active Directory integration deliver fine-grained access control, while Meraki’s Guest Access Firewall provides secure, Internet-only guest WiFi in just one click. With built-in features like Network Access Control (NAC) and Air Marshal, a real-time scanning intrusion prevention system (WIPS), Meraki enables secure wireless environments without complex setup or systems integration. Meraki WLANs are fully HIPAA and PCI compliant.
High Capacity 802.11n
Meraki’s 802.11n APs provide high capacity wireless in dense, demanding environments. Meraki APs are custom-designed for cloud management. Built with enhanced CPU and memory capabilities, Meraki APs deliver rich services including Layer 7 Application QoS and NAC at the network edge. Industry-leading 3-stream 802.11n MIMO delivers radio rates of up to 900 Mbps, while cloud-based RF optimization with spectrum analysis ensures that Meraki APs are automatically tuned for highest performance.
Meraki’s Teleworker VPN solution creates a secure IPsec tunnel from any Internet-connected Meraki wireless access point to your corporate network, providing secure remote access to IP PBX systems, file shares, and internal applications. Teleworker VPN is available on every Meraki 802.11n AP, at no extra cost. Remote APs connect securely and automatically to a Meraki MX Security Appliance or an easy-to-deploy VMWare-based virtual concentrator at HQ, while split-tunneling only routes internal traffic over the VPN, improving performance and saving bandwidth.
High Performance Mesh Routing
Mesh networking – the ability for APs not wired into the LAN to act as repeaters – is included in every Meraki AP. Mesh allows for two powerful use cases: extending coverage to hard to wire areas, and providing a self-healing network that is resilient to cable and switch failures. Cisco Meraki pioneered high performance mesh routing, with behind-the-scene technologies such as multi-radio routing and per-flow analysis that makes Meraki’s mesh faster and more reliable.
Presence displays real-time location statistics to improve customer engagement and loyalty across sites, and is built-in to Cisco Meraki APs with no additional cost or complexity. Data collected by APs is synced with the Cisco Meraki cloud and automatically reported in the dashboard, revealing visitor traffic trends, dwell time, and new vs. repeat visitor loyalty.
Centrally Managed from the Cloud
Meraki provides powerful and intuitive centralized management without the cost and complexity of traditional wireless controller hardware. Seamlessly manage campus-wide WiFi deployments and distributed multi-site networks with zero-touch AP provisioning, network-wide visibility and control, cloud-based RF optimization, seamless firmware updates and more – without training or dedicated staff.
High Capacity 802.11n for Dense Environments
Meraki APs are built on enterprise-class 802.11n chipsets, with custom designed antennas, extra CPU and memory resources, and hardware accelerated encryption. This hardware platform, combined with performance features including band steering and voice and video optimization, provides consistent, reliable performance even in crowded auditoriums with over 100 users per access point.
Built-In Enterprise Security and Guest Access
Meraki provides out of the box security that meets the needs for the Fortune 500, yet is easily configured by an IT generalist. Built-in guest access provides Internet access while protecting your LAN from viruses, malicious actors, and unauthorized access. Active Directory integration, network segregation, and firewall rules can be configured in minutes. Advanced features include:
– Application-aware (Layer 7) stateful firewall
– Identity-based group policies
– Air Marshal: real-time WIPS with forensics
– Built-in NAC with antivirus scanning
– Two-factor authentication
Block Netflix, Accelerate VoIP and Secure the CEO’s iPad
Meraki is designed for modern, mixed use networks that support mobile devices and web-based applications. Integrated Layer 7 device fingerprinting, traffic shaping, and application firewall services provide complete visibility and control of the devices, users, and applications on your network, while powerful yet easy to configure access policies maintain security and compliance.
Save up to 50% by Eliminating Hardware Controllers
Cloud-based control provides secure, reliable centralized management without the cost and complexity of traditional hardware-based WiFi controllers. Customers typically save up to 50% over traditional controller-based solutions, and even more when considering multi-site and highly available deployments (which require extra controller hardware on traditional networks, yet are available out of the box with Meraki’s cloud management.)