Cisco Meraki has a unique distribution model worldwide due to the fact the hardware and licenses are assigned to the particular end user that acquires the product. Here's the key takeaways from our Cisco Meraki Buying Guide.
There is no stock held by any Reseller in the USA - all new Meraki orders ship directly from their California, USA warehouse direct to the customer via Fedex. This is of course unless it's second hand, grey market or refurbished stock.
It typically takes up to 24-48 hours for Meraki to process an order and ship it - even if expedited. All hardware products ship via Fedex ground by default to you at no extra cost because the freight is built into the price we pay as a reseller.
We'd encourage you to choose your Reseller first (hopefully us!) and let us go to work for you to get the best price. We offer all inclusive pricing with free freight and the USA power cord included. We see a lot of our competitors advertise a cheap price on a device and then charging you extra for a power cord and even more for a freight/processing fee.
We are other Reseller and Consultant friendly! If you are NOT a Cisco Meraki partner and need to supply your customer, we are happy to work with you. We work mainly with IT Managers that need a fast, consistent and expert service. No order is too small or too large for us to accomodate.
We will work with you to provide the information you need to properly quote and supply your customer's requirements within the parameters of our Reseller Agreement with Cisco. We will get the best pricing possible by working with the Cisco Meraki team and be mindful that you need to share in the margin too when quoting!
Remember the team at Cloudmanagedwifi are Meraki experts and this is the only networking hardware vendor we work with. We process orders the same day we receive them (within minutes) and always have terms available with the vendor so there is never a delay with shipment due to credit issues.
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To all our valued customers, at last lead times are nearly back to normal! There are still some supply delays particularly with MS POE Switches, but they should normalise in the next month.
The lead time document here will be updated weekly.
There is much to be said about optimizing the Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU) size on your Meraki MX. The MTU is the maximum size of the packet transmitted over the LAN / WAN.
Too big an MTU means the packets sent are fragmented when they hit a router that only supports an MTU smaller than that which is set by default or otherwise. The default MTU of a Meraki MX is 1500 bytes (seen as a safe setting.)
You can test whether a smaller MTU size would be advantageous by following the article below:
When I test our MX with the value in the terminal line set to 1472 (MTU 1500 - which is 1472 +28 for the headers), it fragments. Then when I test it with a value of 1464 it returns correctly with no fragmentation. (MTU 1492 - which is 1464 + 28 for the headers).
If you do the troubleshooting as per the article and find you need to take action to reduce the size of the MTU, then there are a few ways to do this. You might want to check with your ISP what their recommended MTU settings are first.
Here are some steps you can take when dealing with an MTU issue.
Cisco Meraki has announced a Price Increase to Licenses across the board on the 4th of February.
Example average Increases across common product families are below.
Contact us asap to get the pre-price rise pricing!
MX 1YR - 10%
MX 3YR No change
MX 5YR +12%
Switching (varies between models)
MS 1YR +15%
MS 3YR +25%
MS 5YR +30%
Wireless Access Points
MR 1YR +13%
MR 3YR +27%
MR 5YR +42%
An interesting article popped up recently on CRN about how Cisco battles the supply of Gray Market gear. Read the article here.
It serves as a reminder that in these times of limited supply, that if a company selling gear says it's 'in stock' when other genuine partners are quoting a lead time - it may be gray market equipment.
Gray market products, gear sold legally outside the brand’s permission by unauthorized dealers as well as fake and altered Cisco products, are undercutting legitimate business for solution providers to the tune of $1.2 billion a year.
There is also a lot of second hand, or worse stolen gear that is still tied to some other company's dashboard floating around. Cisco won't offer warranty on this gear if it fails, as the warranty sits with the original end user only.
Cloudifi, Inc. is a fully authorized Cisco Registered Select Partner and reseller of legitimate Cisco equipment only. We have been working with Cisco Meraki for over 7 years in the USA and have hundreds of satisfied customers here.
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