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Meraki Event Log

The event log can be used to track a number of events occurring across a network. This article describes how to navigate the event log and filter out extraneous information for troubleshooting and monitoring purposes.

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Using the Event Log



Each Meraki network has its own event log, accessible under Network-wide > Monitor > Event log. In Combined Dashboard Networks, click the drop-down menu at the top of the page and select the event log for one of the following options:

  • for access points to display information about all MR wireless access points in the network.
  • for security appliances to display information about the MX security appliance in this network.
  • for switches to display information about all MS switches in the network.
  • for endpoints to display information about all managed SM clients in the network.
  • for cameras to display information about all MV cameras in the network.
  • for sensors to display information about all MT sensors in the network.

Note: If a device is offline (and remains powered on), it will continue to gather the information that populates the event log and store it locally. Once the device comes back online, this information will then be uploaded to dashboard with the events keeping their original timestamps. 

Filtering the Event Log

While the event log provides a thorough timeline of events on the network, it is usually unnecessary to view all events across all endpoints. The following options are available to filter down the event log as needed:

Filtering by Client or Cisco Meraki Device

Filtering events to a specific connected end-user device can help troubleshoot individual connectivity issues, including IP addressing and network authentication. Entering the MAC address, hostname, or custom name in the Client field will display only events affecting that client, excluding other client information and device events.

An additional, product-specific field can be used to filter events relevant to a specific device in the network. This can be helpful when troubleshooting a particular Meraki device on the network, or a client connected directly to a specific device.

Filtering by Date and Time

The event log shows all events for clients and endpoints, starting with the most recent event by default. This time frame can be adjusted using the Before field, displaying only events that happened at or before the specified time.

The event log time shares the time zone set for the network itself. More information on changing this time zone can be found in Changing the Dashboard Network Time Zone.

Filtering by Event Type

Even when filtering by a single device or client, there can be quite a few events. Selecting specific events to display or excluding specific event types can significantly decrease the amount of data to sort through.

Each Meraki product offers a different variety of reported events, as listed below:

MX Security Appliance

The following types of events will be reported by MX security appliances:

  • AnyConnect VPN:  AnyConnect VPN connectivity events
  • Appliance status: Primary uplink events
  • Auth: Splash page authentication
  • BGP: BGP notification and session events
  • Cellular: 3G/4G connectivity (see 3G/4G Cellular Failover with USB Modems)
  • Client VPN:  Client VPN connectivity events
  • Client Status: Client connectivity
  • DHCP: DHCP leases and related errors (see Event type DHCP Lease Filling Up My Event log)
  • DHCPv6: DHCPv6 Neighbour Advertisements (NA) and Prefix Delegation (PD) events
  • Events dropped: Too many events were generated too quickly, creating an Events Dropped event
  • Filtering: Content filtering and Security center URL blocks (see Content Filtering Powered By Cisco Talos)
  • IP conflict: Detected IP conflicts on the network (see: Troubleshooting DHCP Conflicts)
  • Intrusion Detection: IDS (Advanced Security license only)
  • Meraki VPN: AutoVPN connectivity events
  • Network-Based Application Recognition (see Next-gen Traffic Analytics - Network-Based Application Recognition (NBAR) Integration)
  • Non-Meraki / Client VPN: Non-Meraki and Client VPN connectivity events 
  • Non-Meraki VPN: Non-Meraki VPN negotiation
  • OSPF: Events related to OSPF routing
  • RADIUS: Events related to RADIUS and MAB authentication
  • Radius Proxy: Radius Proxy and Radius Server status events
  • Route tracking: Route connection change and network test events
  • Status: Port carrier changes
  • VRRP: Warm spare transition
  • Web caching: Web cache events


MR Access Points

The following types of events will be reported by MR access points:

To learn more about specific events visit: Common wireless event log messages.

Systems Manager endpoints

The following types of events will be reported by managed Systems Manager endpoints:

  • Command Line: Command line request events
  • Endpoint management: Detailed information about changes in endpoint management
  • Live Tools: Recent usage of live tools on client endpoints
  • Remote Desktop: Usage of the remote desktop tool

MS Switch

The following types of events will be reported by MS switches:

  • 802.1X: Events related to client authentication and de-authentication
  • Access Control: Events related to client network access
  • DHCP: DHCP-related errors (when DHCP is enabled on a L3 interface)
  • Events dropped: Too many events were generated too quickly thus creating an Events Dropped event
  • Multicast: Events related to multicast
  • OSPF: Events related to OSPF protocol
  • RADIUS: Events specific to RADIUS protocol
  • Spanning Tree: Events related to the Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Status: Port carrier changes
  • Switch port: Events related to switchports
  • Switch status: Events related to power supply and temperature
  • VRRP: Events related to Warm Spare

To learn more, visit MS event log Entries and Definitions.

MV Cameras

The following types of events will be reported by MV cameras:

  • Camera: Events related to camera components
  • DHCP: DHCP leases and related errors (see Event type DHCP Lease Filling Up My Event log)
  • Events dropped: Too many events were generated too quickly, creating an Events Dropped event
  • Status: Port carrier changes

MT Sensors

Types of events will be reported by MT sensors are described in detail in Common Sensor (MT) Event Log Messages