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January 30, 2020


Meraki releases MG Cellular Gateway to much applause!

What is it?

The MG Cellular Gateway is a brand new Meraki product line that takes a cellular signal and transforms it into a wired Ethernet connection that can then be propagated down to the rest of a network via a router.

Cellular is growing

Cellular usage as a viable enterprise-grade connectivity option has been steadily growing with advances in throughput and availability in particular. 

So there’s obvious an appetite in cellular products, but in what scenario would an MG cellular gateway be useful?

Cellular signal strength

One of the biggest challenges with utilising cellular connectivity is getting the signal itself to where it’s needed. For most enterprises, geographical cellular coverage is not the issue. The challenge is usually with signal strength where the networking equipment is located. More often than not, this tends to be a network closet or server room deep inside a building, where cellular reception is likely to be poor or sporadic at best.

Antennas from cellular devices in a closet or server room can be extended to a location with better signal using a coaxial cable, however this is only practical over short distances. Coaxial cables are susceptible to high signal loss, making them unsuitable to transport a cellular signal over all but short distances.

Meraki MG cellular gateways are IP67 rated, meaning they can be optimally positioned, indoors or outdoors, to receive maximum signal strength. Cellular signal from MGs is delivered to the rest of the network via an Ethernet cable which experiences zero signal loss even over larger distances. Ethernet delivery also means that MG can be paired with any router on the market downstream to provide another uplink for SD-WAN or as a failover/primary link.

As you would expect with a Meraki product, MG is supremely simple, and of course managed from the same dashboard as the rest of the Meraki portfolio.

Please contact us for a quote or order online here!

January 30, 2020


The New Meraki PER DEVICE Licensing model

Meraki has just released an optional way of licensing their products called PER DEVICE Licensing. 

The existing (and still available) Dashboard co-term model with one simple expiration date didn’t quite work for customers with conflicting budgeting processes, varying grants or site billing, or other accounting (non-networking) requirements. 

To address this, the optional PER DEVICE Licensing model offers the ultimate flexibility for licensing and offers a suite of new, exclusive features not offered on the co-term model:

  • License Devices Individually: Assign a license to a specific device (MR, MS, MX, MV, MG) or a network (in the case of vMX and SM licenses) and maintain a shared expiration date or separate expiration dates across devices, networks, or organizations.
  • Partial Renewals: Enjoy the ability to renew all your devices or a subset of devices, as you prefer. 
  • Move Licenses Between Orgs: Org Admins (Read/Write) on multiple organizations are able to move a license (or licenses & devices together) between those organizations without calling Meraki support. This functionality is available through the dashboard and APIs. 
  • 90 Day License Activation Window: You will have up to 90 days to claim and assign your licenses before they activate – giving you more lead time to deploy Meraki products.
  • APIs: APIs are available to claim, assign and move licenses. This will allow a greater level of automation and the ability to integrate with other systems. 
  • Individual Device Shutdowns: If a license expires on a device, only that individual device or product will shut down (after the 30 grace period). 

Please reach out to us for more information and a quote if you would like to move to PER DEVICE licensing.

April 30, 2019


Meraki Expand WiFi Access Point Range with 802.11ax

Cisco Meraki are constantly working to create innovative, intuitive, and industry-leading IT solutions and Meraki is continuing to invest in their wireless portfolio. Click on the link below for the latest guide to their product:

*Meraki Indoor Access Point Portfolio Guide*

Meraki & TCO

Each Meraki cloud-managed device needs a software license that provides access to the browser-based dashboard, seamless firmware upgrades, 24/7 support, and a lifetime warranty. The Meraki dashboard significantly decreases total-cost-of-ownership, lowering TCO for customers by 20-80% which is where the real value lies - making it easier to configure, troubleshoot and manage.

Meraki & WiFi 6

Cisco Meraki recently announced new WiFi 6 (also known as 802.11ax) compatible access points. The technology in WiFi 6 delivers greater throughput, efficiency, and battery life and makes it easier to design an efficient wireless network.  802.11ax is designed to operate in all band spectrums between 1 and 7 GHz when they become available in addition to the current 2.4 and 5 GHz bands and uses better power control methods to avoid interference with neighbouring networks.

MR20 Price Update

To create a broader price range across the Meraki wireless portfolio, they are also announcing a price reduction for the MR20 hardware beginning May 4, 2019. This price adjustment will expose more customers to the value of Meraki.

March 18, 2019


End of Sale Announcement - MV71 and MV21 Cameras

Cisco Meraki is announcing the end-of-sale for the following products, in accordance with their End-of-Sale (EOS) Policy for Meraki cloud managed networking products. The MV21 and MV71 Cloud Managed Smart Cameras have been replaced with the following products, which are functionally equivalent:

End-of-Sale Model  Replacement Model
MV21 MV22
MV71 MV72
They expect to be accepting final orders for this product through June 19, 2019. However, the final date will depend on the availability of stock and, at Cisco Meraki's discretion, the actual end-of-sale date may be earlier than June 19, 2019 . End-of-Support date for this product will be June 19, 2026 .
November 30, 2018


3, 2, 1 Liftoff Promo - 3 x MR33 or MR20 Access Points for the price of 2

Cisco Meraki are currently running their 3, 2, 1 Liftoff Promo whereby you can purchase 3 x MR33 Access Points or 3 x MR20 Access Points and licenses for the price of 2!

In short : Cisco Meraki end customers that purchase a minimum of three (3) Qualifying Wireless Access Points (either MR33 or MR20) and related Qualifying Wireless Software Licenses on a single purchase order are eligible to receive a discount off the Qualifying Wireless Access Points and related Qualifying Wireless Software Licenses such that (i) the three Qualifying Wireless Access Points are sold for the price of two Qualifying Wireless Access Points, and (ii) the three Qualifying Wireless Software Licenses are sold for the price of two Qualifying Wireless Software Licenses. 

Full terms and conditions can be found here

Please contact us before making a purchase to ensure we can obtain this special pricing for you.

November 15, 2018


End of Sale Announcement - MX65

Cisco Meraki is announcing the end-of-sale for the following products, in accordance with our End-of-Sale (EOS) Policy for Meraki cloud managed networking products. The MX65 and MX65W have been replaced with the following products, which are functionally equivalent:

End-of-Sale Model  Replacement Model
MX65-HW MX68-HW
MX65W-HW MX68W-HW
They expect to be accepting final orders for this product through May 28, 2019. However, the final date will depend on the availability of stock and, at Cisco Meraki's discretion, the actual end-of-sale date may be earlier than May 28, 2019. End-of-Support date for this product will be  May 28, 2026.
October 02, 2018


End of Sale Announcement - MC Series Phone

Cisco Meraki is announcing the end-of-sale for the Meraki MC Cloud Managed IP phones, in accordance with their End-of-Sale (EOS) Policy for Meraki cloud managed networking products.

End-of-Sale Model  Description
MC74-HW Meraki MC74 Cloud Managed IP Phone
MA-PWR-18W Meraki MC74 Universal AC Adapter
LIC-MC-1YR Meraki MC Enterprise License and Support, 1YR
LIC-MC-3YR Meraki MC Enterprise License and Support, 3YR
LIC-MC-5YR Meraki MC Enterprise License and Support, 5YR
LIC-MC-7YR Meraki MC Enterprise License and Support, 7YR
LIC-MC-10YR Meraki MC Enterprise License and Support, 10YR
We expect to be accepting final orders for this product through October 1, 2018. End-of-Support date for this product will be April 1, 2019.