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Overall experience with Cisco Meraki MX appliances

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Meraki network devices are great but support in going downhill.

I have been using Meraki security devices and AP's since 2015 and the devices have been great, easy to use, and solved many problems. Plus up until recently the support was out of this world, however over the last few years wait times have increased and recently had the worst support ever....

A good product for a static network that lacks flexibility for a complicated deployment.

Simple deployment using ZTP once set up, however once more demanding enterprise networking features were required the product quickly became difficult as it is not built for complicated network deployments....

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Likes and dislikes about Cisco Meraki MX appliances

Able to program a network without being a network engineer.Able to resolve most issues without calling/emailing tech support.Great cloud based dashboard to see and trouble shoot with....

June 30, 2021

Some network features arent enabled out of the box so require support tickets to activate them. GUI only interface has limited options when it comes to more complicated network requirements, this meant doing more niche things to meet business needs were impossible. Found the cost very high. ...

September 27, 2021

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  • Meraki network devices are great but support in going downhill.

    • Reviewer Role: CIO
    • Company Size: <50M USD
    • Industry: Services Industry

    I have been using Meraki security devices and AP's since 2015 and the devices have been great, easy to use, and solved many problems. Plus up until recently the support was out of this world, however over the last few years wait times have increased and recently had the worst ......

  • Cisco Meraki MX - Simplifies your Network Management, great for Small and Medium Orgs

    • Reviewer Role: CTO
    • Company Size: 250M - 500M USD
    • Industry: Transportation Industry

    The MX series is a good network security router for the small and medium size companies where budget to have full network staff is not possible or feasible. The platform is design to keep it simple. If you have multiple remote locations, the VPN integration works pretty much ......

  • Meraki Firewalls and Meraki Z3s, What A Great Combination!

    • Reviewer Role: Infrastructure and Operations
    • Company Size: 500M - 1B USD
    • Industry: Services Industry

    We use a fair number of Z3 appliances to our end users (which are a great product by the way). And these connect back to our data centers via the MX firewalls we have on site. The two things what were frustrating at the deployment time was that each Z3 needed to be in it's ......

  • Great hardware at a good price.

    • Reviewer Role: Knowledge Specialist
    • Company Size: <50M USD
    • Industry: Services Industry

    We've been using Meraki for about 4 years. They are easy to set up and control. It is all set up via a cloud-based web interface. This is, in our company, done by our networking team. Then we send a tech out to do the install of the appliance. The techs that do most of our Meraki ......

  • Cisco Meraki MX appliances are great for any SMB, Branch Office, or Enterprise.

    • Reviewer Role: Security and Risk Management
    • Company Size: 50M - 250M USD
    • Industry: Services Industry

    Moving from ASAs, SonicWalls, and Fireboxes to the Meraki MX platform is one of the best IT security management decisions I've made for our team. The pure GUI / templating / tagging functionality of the entire Meraki ecosystem has made us all much more efficient and ......

  • Meraki Cloud based security appliances are very easy to install and use

    • Reviewer Role: Enterprise Architecture and Technology Innovation
    • Company Size: 30B + USD
    • Industry: Healthcare Industry

    the deployment of the whole Meraki environment, including the MX appliances, is very easy due to the fact it is all cloud based and gui driven. Also the management and troubleshooting afterwards in he operational environment is a breeze compared to traditional network ......

  • A good product for a static network that lacks flexibility for a complicated deployment.

    • Reviewer Role: Enterprise Architecture and Technology Innovation
    • Company Size: 500M - 1B USD
    • Industry: Media Industry

    Simple deployment using ZTP once set up, however once more demanding enterprise networking features were required the product quickly became difficult as it is not built for complicated network deployments....

  • Easy to deploy firewall

    • Reviewer Role: Infrastructure and Operations
    • Company Size: 500M - 1B USD
    • Industry: Retail Industry

    Meraki MX appliance is easy to deploy and easy to manage. But there are some downsides. First of all the supported Diffie Hellman groups are limited. Also IKEv2 isn't supported. The MX65 is not on the supported devices for Azure. ...

  • Great Cloud Manage MX Firewall

    • Reviewer Role: Security and Risk Management
    • Company Size: 50M - 250M USD
    • Industry: Retail Industry

    We have used Meraki MX for three locations and have been overall stable at all of our locations. Support has been wonderful and always online 24/7. Questions are answered quickly and working with our Meraki rep has been seamless. ...

  • They are a great devices as security appliance, very easy to configure remmotely.

    • Reviewer Role: Knowledge Specialist
    • Company Size: <50M USD
    • Industry: Healthcare Industry

    MX devices are very powerful security appliance, and also they work very efficiently to create VPN among offices. They are very easy to configure, the meraki's dashboard is very useful and easy to work with it. The only disaventage is tha it's a security appliance, no a firewall, so in ......

  • Cisco Meraki is exceptional, easy to use and inherently secure firewall product.

    • Reviewer Role: Analyst
    • Company Size: 500M - 1B USD
    • Industry: Manufacturing Industry

    Easy to use, 3 minutes vpn tunnels between branch sites. easy access to corporate network with added security. ...

  • Excellent product range for the SME that wants a simple and secure solution.

    • Reviewer Role: Infrastructure and Operations
    • Company Size: 50M - 250M USD
    • Industry: Energy and Utilities Industry

    the Meraki Stack was supremely easy to design and deploy. equipment arrived promptly and as promised. access points were well thought out with mounting information easy and excellently designed. ...

  • JM DB Review

    • Reviewer Role: Analyst
    • Company Size: 30B + USD
    • Industry: Finance Industry

    Having a consultant to guide our team and answer bespoke queries is very helpful. I am fond of the layout of the Appian Documentation page and like how you can switch between releases very easily. ...

  • Meraki MX is a great product for the right market sector

    • Reviewer Role: Infrastructure and Operations
    • Company Size: 1B - 3B USD
    • Industry: Retail Industry

    Pro: MX is a great product for Retail market, along with AutoVPN feature is really easy to use and to manage. Cons: The IPS/IDS feature is not adeguate and manageable if you require high security standard. Can be valuable to add the Umbrella integration for the HTTPS inspection....

  • Meraki MX is easy to install and great for a smaller need

    • Reviewer Role: Infrastructure and Operations
    • Company Size: Gov't/PS/ED <5,000 Employees
    • Industry: Education Industry

    Implementation of a Meraki MX is very easy. Configuration can be done prior to installation, and changes are easy to make. The single pane of glass for management and integration also is a big plus....

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Cisco Meraki MX Series Comparison Guide

What if I’m on the cusp of the client maximum for the model I’m considering?

MX device utilization should not consistently exceed 85%, so we recommend sizing up if you’re around the client max to be on the safe side. For example, if your office has 53 clients, we’d recommend going with an MX84 rather than function at max capacity with a 64-68 model.

MX appliances can report on device utilization; pay attention to the utilization rate if you start nearing client capacity. If it’s usually over 85% during normal operation, it’s likely time to upgrade.

Do I need the Advanced Security License?

All Meraki MX products come with a powerful stateful firewall. However, if security is a top priority, the Advanced Security License adds significant protection and reliability to the standard MX. This license adds content filtering, Google SafeSearch, YouTube for Schools, intrusion detection and prevention (IDS/IPS) and Advanced Malware Protection (AMP).

How important is web caching?

MX models 84 and above come with web caching. Web caching is most critical when supporting low-bandwidth networks. We recommend upgrading to include web caching if your bandwidth is relatively low and your clients frequently access heavy multi-media web content. Shop MX84.

W, C or both?

The W iterations of the MX indicate wireless, and the C iterations indicate cellular failover and PoE capabilities. CW models, like the MX67CW and MX68CW, are high-end options that include all features in one unit.

Sours: https://www.stratusinfosystems.com/cisco-meraki-mx-series-comparison-guide/
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Meraki MX Security and SD-WAN Licensing

FAQ 

How are licenses enforced on MX?

The licenses are on a per-model basis. Every MX model has a corresponding license. They are non-transferable between appliance models. For instance, an MX64 license will not be covered by an MX84 license.

 

Can we mix two license types in a single organization?

MX licensing is uniform across an entire Meraki dashboard organization. For instance, if you have 25 MX networks in your organization, you can have 25 Enterprise or Advance Security or Secure SD-WAN Plus licenses but you cannot have 20 MX devices with Enterprise and 5 MX devices with SD-WAN Plus licenses. For such a requirement, the recommended way of deployment would be to create a separate organization for each edition of licenses.

Note: This requirement does not apply to Z-Series devices or vMXs which only use Enterprise licensing. Z-Series and vMX licenses can be added to organizations regardless of the MX license type currently applied.

 

Is there a separate license to cover support or device warranty or software upgrades?
Each license is inclusive of device RMA, 24x7 enterprise support, and software upgrades. 

 

Will there be a requirement to pay extra for new features?

New features are added by license type.

  • Features added to the enterprise license option will be available free-of-charge to all existing MX customers.
  • Features added to the advanced security license option will be available free-of-charge to all existing MX customers with an advanced security or SD-WAN Plus license.
  • Features added to the Secure SD-WAN Plus license option will be available free-of-charge to all existing MX customers with an SD-WAN Plus license.

 

Are MX licenses available on both Co-Term and PDL versions?

Yes. All the MX licenses are available under Co-Term as well as PDL (Per Device Licensing). For More information and general differences between the two, please see the documentation on Meraki Licensing.

 

Can you move from one MX license edition to another, for example, Enterprise to Advanced Security or SD-WAN Plus?

Currently, there are two ways to move to a different MX license edition:

  • Purchase the desired MX license type (one license for all compatible MXs in the organization) and apply them to the organization which will convert the entire organization to the desired license type. Note: This will adjust your remaining licensing term depending on the license type (duration, MX model, license type etc.)
  • Call/email Meraki support and convert the organization to the desired license option. Note: You will have a new co-termination date for your organization with this method.

Note: Converting to a different edition is only available in Co-Term through the above-mentioned ways.

 

Are free trials available for each of the MX license types?
Yes. Please contact your Meraki Sales representative for more information.

 

How does Warm-Spare MX set up work with the license?
In a network where two MXs are configured in Warm-Spare mode will only require one MX license.

 

Will Meraki Insight be available as a separate license?
Yes. Meraki Insight (included in Secure SD-WAN Plus license by default) will still be available as a separate license.

 

Will new features under Meraki Insight be restricted to the Secure SD-WAN Plus license only?
No. Any new features that released as a part of MI will also be available under separate MI licenses.

 

If I have the Advanced Security license + MI or Enterprise + MI, do I essentially have the new Secure SD-WAN functionality?
No, you will miss out on the new features (present and future) coming under the SD-WAN Plus license. However, you will have more flexibility in being able to move the MI license around between devices.

 

Is MI going to be merged as a Secure SD-WAN Plus license only? Is MI going away?
No. Meraki Insight is available for customers who have different needs. 

 

Sours: https://documentation.meraki.com/General_Administration/Licensing/Meraki_MX_Security_and_SD-WAN_Licensing

Comparison of Cisco Meraki MX64 vs MX65 vs MX67 vs MX68

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Comparison of Meraki MX Security Devices

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Cisco Meraki provides networking products which are configured and managed through a cloud-based web portal.

These products include MX Security Appliances, MS Network Switches, MR Wireless Access Points, MV Wireless Cameras and more recently, IOT devices such as wireless temperature sensors etc.

Meraki products are marketed as simple to install and easy to configure with basic connectivity being established within a few minutes of plugging the device into an internet connected interface.

This negates the need for an expensive Network Engineer to complete the install.

In this article we will compare and discuss several popular Meraki MX Firewall devices, specifically the MX64, MX65, MX67 and MX68.

Table of Contents

MX Security Appliances – Brief Description

The Meraki MX64, MX65, MX67 and MX68 products are all marketed as Small Branch Cloud-Managed Security and SDWAN devices.

These models all provide the same cloud-based security features and applications but have differing physical connectivity and hardware performance specifications depending on the model.

As with all Meraki MX or MS devices, the design is minimalistic with a single led on the front of the device which changes colour from orange to rainbow, to white and to purple while the device is being configured or booting up.

The casing is made from metal which give the device a solid feel with the silver design like that of an apple MacBook Pro.

The Security and SDWAN features of an MX Security Appliance include the following:

  • L3/L7 Stateful Firewall
  • Geo-based firewall rules
  • 1:1 and 1: Many NAT
  • Client VPN endpoint
  • Meraki AutoVPN and L2TP/IPSec VPN endpoint
  • Content Filtering
  • Web search filtering
  • Malware Protection (AMP) w/ optional Threat Grid integration
  • IDS/IPS protection
  • Syslog integration
  • Remote Packet Capture tools
  • Youtube for Schools
  • SDWAN
  • Active Directory Integration
  • Layer 7 Application and Visibility
  • User And Device Quarantine
  • Identity based Policies
  • And more

The SD-WAN and load balancing capabilities enables autonomous switchover between the different available WAN connections in the event of an outage.

The SD-WAN feature is also able to Load balance traffic over multiple links or choose the best performing link in which to forward traffic based upon measurements such as speed, latency, and jitter.

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Physical Characteristics and Performance

Meraki MX64

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The Meraki MX64 is quite small at only 9.5 x 5.2 x 1in and can be desktop or wall mounted.

The MX64 has one dedicated 1 GbE WAN Ethernet interfaces and 4 LAN GbE interfaces, one of which can be configured as an additional WAN interface if dual WAN is required.

There is a USB connection which can be used to attach a 3rd party Wireless 3G or 4G Mobile dongle to provide backup WAN connectivity should the Primary WAN links not be available for any reason.

The stateful firewall on an MX64 has a maximum throughput of 250Mbps with a maximum VPN throughput of 100Mbps.

The MX64 can support a maximum of 50 Users and does not have any Power over Ethernet (POE) capabilities.

Meraki MX65

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The MX65 provides the same security features as the MX64 however this model is slightly larger at 10.5 x 5.2 x 1in and can also be desktop or wall mounted.

It also comes with a larger 90Watt DC power supply due to this model supporting POE+.

The MX65 has a total of 12 GbE interfaces, two of which are used as dedicated WAN links and the remaining 10 are 1xGbE LAN interfaces.

Two of the 10 LAN interfaces are capable of POE+ which allows devices such IP phones or Access Points to be attached and powered by the MX Security Appliance.

On the side of the MX65 there is also a USB port for attaching a 3rd party 3G or 4G Mobile Dongle to provide redundancy in the event of the main WAN connections being unavailable.

The MX65 is also recommended for a maximum of 50 LAN clients with the stateful firewall throughput matching that of the MX64 at a maximum of 250Mbps.

The Maximum VPN throughput is also the same as the MX64 at 100Mbps.

Meraki MX64W and MX65W

The MX64W and MX65W models both have the same features and specifications as seen in the MX64 and MX65 models but add a Wireless interface to the Security Appliance which allows clients to connect wirelessly over 802.11a/b/g/n/ac radios.

These models can still only support a maximum of 50 clients with a maximum wireless throughput of 1.2Gb per second depending on the wireless protocol that is configured.

Meraki MX67

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The Meraki MX 67 is similar in size and shape to the MX64 and MX65 Models measuring 9.4 x 5.1 x 1.1in and can be desktop or wall mounted.

The MX67 does not have any POE capabilities and as such is supplied with a smaller 18W DC Power pack.

There are 3 versions of the MX67 which are the MX67, MX67C and MX67W.

The MX67 has the same number of interfaces as the MX64 with a single dedicated GbE WAN interface and 4 GbE LAN interfaces, one of which can be converted to a WAN interface should dual WAN connectivity be required.

This model also has a USB connection which can be used for connecting a 3rd Party 3G/4G mobile dongle to provide cellular connectivity as a backup.

The MX67C has the same physical interfaces as the MX67 however this model has Cellular connectivity built in. The cellular connection requires a 3rd party SIM card to be installed and has 2 non-removable cellular antennas fixed to the chassis.

The MX67W has the same physical interfaces as the MX67 however this model also has wireless connectivity over 802.11a/b/g/n/ac radios. There are two fixed Wireless 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz antennas attached to the chassis.

Performance of the MX67 is almost double that of the MX64/65 with the firewall capable of 450Mbps throughput and 200 Mbps over VPN. The recommended number of clients for this device remains at 50.

Meraki MX68

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The MX68 is the largest and heaviest of all the models featured in this article with measurements of 11.2 x 5.8 x 1in but can still be desk or wall mounted.

There are 3 versions of the MX68 which are the MX68, MX68C and MX68W.

The MX68 has the same number of physical interfaces as the MX65 and has a total of 12 GbE interfaces, two of which are used as dedicated WAN links and the remaining 10 are 1GbE LAN interfaces.

Two of the 10 LAN interfaces are capable of POE+ which allows devices such an IP phones or Access Points to be attached and powered by the MX Security Appliance.

On the side of the MX65 there is also a USB port for attaching a 3rd party 3G or 4G Mobile Dongle to provide redundancy in the event of the main WAN connections being unavailable.

The MX68C has the same physical interfaces as the MX68 however this model has Cellular connectivity built in. The cellular connection requires a 3rd party SIM card to be installed and has 2 non-removable cellular antennas fixed to the chassis.

The MX68W has the same physical interfaces as the MX68 however this model has wireless connectivity over 802.11a/b/g/n/ac radios built in. There are two fixed Wireless 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz antennas attached to the chassis.

The Performance of the MX68 is the same as the MX67 at almost double that of the MX64/65 with the firewall capable of 450Mbps throughput and 200 Mbps over VPN. The recommended number of clients for this device remains at 50.

Summary Performance Comparison of MX64/65 vs MX67/68

The only difference between the MX64/65 and the MX67/68 is the internal hardware which provides the processing power for the firewall and security applications.

All the same security features are available on all versions regardless of the model number, but the MX67/68 are faster and able to provide better performance and throughput for the Firewall and VPN features.

If your Internet Line speed is up to 200-250Mbps, then the MX64/65 will be able to fully utilize the Internet line.

On the other hand, if you have higher Internet Speed tier (around 400-450 Mbps), then you should go with MX67/68 models to fully utilize the Internet line capacity.  

Use Cases

MX64/65

These security appliance models are best used in a scattered deployment for connecting remote locations such as small branch offices to a main Head Quarters office or even as standalone devices working as border Internet firewalls in SMB environments.  

As the MX64/65 models are fairly small and only capable of servicing a maximum of 50 Client devices, these models are ideal for supporting small remote offices which contain only a handful of users but add the connectivity, redundancy and security of an enterprise environment to those locations.

An example of an ideal use case would be for an estate agent office that is located in different towns or for care homes or small community centers which have a small office for Admin staff.

MX67/68

The larger MX67 and MX68 models have a similar use case but would be able to support sites which have larger bandwidth requirements such as retail stores or small business environments with Internet connection speeds above 250 Mbps.

Licensing (Meraki MX Enterprise vs Advanced vs SD-WAN Plus)

Licensing for Meraki devices follow the same rules no matter which device is purchased.

Each Meraki device requires a License, but it is based on a 1:1 ratio rather than fixed by serial number.

This means that you can move devices around and only worry about the quantity of licenses required rather than which device the license is tied to.

Licenses can also be purchased on a Co-term basis where required.

There are 3 levels of licensing for the Meraki MX.

  • Enterprise license – Essential SD WAN, Secure connectivity, and basic security
  • Advanced security license – All enterprise features and Unified Threat Management.
  • Secure SD-WAN Plus license – All advanced security features, advanced analytics with machine learning, Smart SaaS QoE.

The full feature set for each license can be found here.

Meraki Dashboard

The Meraki dashboard is a web-based portal that manages all the Meraki devices registered to a particular network.

example of meraki dashboard

The Meraki dashboard also supports multiple tenants which allows multiple sites or multiple networks to be added to a single dashboard.

This is useful for Managed Service Providers (MSP’s) who are responsible for managing the networks for multiple customers as all the managed networks and site locations can be organised under each different customer headings on a single dashboard window.

The benefit of a cloud-based management portal is that the portal can be reached from any device which has a web browser, whether it is a Windows machine, a MacBook or a Linux Server it doesn’t matter just as long as it has a web browser and connectivity to the internet.

There is also an App that can be installed on your mobile phone to access the Meraki Dashboard.

The downside of a cloud-based system is that internet connectivity is required to access the Meraki dashboard to view the status of or configure any of the devices.

If a change is made to a device on the dashboard which then cuts off connectivity to the internet for the network, then all the Meraki devices within that network are unreachable until internet connectivity is restored.

Meraki devices do not have a command line interface like a standard Cisco device, so it is not possible to connect a console cable to the physical Meraki device and change its configuration as you could with a standard Cisco appliance.

All Configuration changes must be made via the Meraki Dashboard.

Configuring a Meraki Device

As covered earlier, Meraki devices do not have a console port or a command Line Interface (CLI).

To initially configure a Meraki device, connectivity is first made by connecting an ethernet cable from the device directly to a host laptop or computer or by connecting to an existing network switch and by opening a web browser on the host machine.

The device can then be accessed via IP address or by its DNS name. By default, Meraki devices can be accessed through the following IP addresses and URL’s when the Host device is configured within the same IP subnet.

MR – or 10.128.128.125 255.255.255.0

MS – or 1.1.1.100 255.255.255.0

MX – or

Most MX devices have a dedicated management interface which is used to access the Local Status Page and by default the MX runs a dedicated DHCP server so once a host is connected to it the default gateway can be found on the host and then this address can be used to access the local status page through a web browser.

Once connectivity is established, the Local status page can be accessed. This page will show differing information depending on what type of device is being accessed.

It is mainly used to provide the IP configuration for the uplink port which connects to the internet.

Once the device has internet connectivity it can be enrolled into the Meraki dashboard and full configuration options are then available through this dashboard.

MX devices have a Dual WAN option where connections from multiple service providers can be configured on the device.

In the Local Service Page this device will show two separate options in the uplink configuration page, one for each of these separate Internet WAN connections.

Claiming a Meraki Device

Before a Meraki device can be managed through the Meraki dashboard it must first be claimed by an organisation that has been registered to that dashboard.

The new device is registered through the following pages:

Organization -> Inventory -> click Claim or through Config -> add devices -> click Claim. Enter the serial number of the devices which are to be claimed. This will add that device to the inventory and make it available to be added to a network.

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