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Meraki MX Security and SD-WAN Licensing


The Meraki MX is a multi-functional security & SD-WAN enterprise appliance with a wide set of capabilities to address multiple use cases for organizations of all sizes, in all industries.

Given the range of use cases that can be solved, there are three license options for the MX appliance that provides customers the flexibility to select the license most appropriate for their intended use.


Advanced Security

Secure SD-WAN Plus

“All I require is Auto VPN and a firewall” “I connect directly to the Internet so need a UTM too” “My business is reliant on SaaS/IaaS/DC served apps”
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The licensing structure for MX appliances is the same as that of any other Meraki device – 1:1 ratio of devices to licenses. Pair your chosen MX appliance(s) with the relevant license for your use case

  • Enterprise license


  • Advanced security license


  • Secure SD-WAN Plus license

Features by License Option 



Advanced Security

Secure SD-WAN Plus 

Centralized management

Zero-touch firmware updates

True zero-touch provisioning

24x7 enterprise support

Open APIs

Automatic WAN failover

Sub-second site-to-site VPN failover

Sub-second dynamic path selection

Stateful firewall

VLAN to VLAN routing

Advanced Routing

Uplink Load Balancing/failover

3G / 4G cellular failover

Traffic shaping/prioritization

Site-to-site VPN

Client VPN

MPLS to VPN Failover

Splash pages

Configuration templates

Group Policies

Client connectivity alerts

Essential SD-WAN

Source-Based Routing

Local Breakout (IP and Port based)

Geography based firewall rules


Intrusion detection & prevention


Content filtering


YouTube Content Restriction


Web Search Filtering


Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP)


Umbrella DNS Integration**


Threat Grid Integration**


Web App Health Analytics


WAN Health Analytics


VoIP Health Analytics


Smart breakout 



**Requires a separate license


Note: Advanced Security and Secure SD-WAN Plus licensing and features are currently only available on MX devices, not on Z-Series devices, or any other Meraki series of devices.

Note: For Advanced Security features and SD-WAN Plus features available in China mainland, please refer to the following article for the detail.


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 MXen 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.)
    • If you are claiming the key using the “Renew my dashboard” option (in the co-termination licensing model), it will automatically upgrade the entire organization to reflect the product edition of the new key. Note: There is no such thing as a “partial” renewal in the co-termination model, so if you wish to convert using this option, you must ensure you have new licenses for all other devices as well.

    • If you are claiming the license using the “License more devices” option, you will need to reach out to Meraki Support for assistance, as the organization (all existing MX licenses) will first need to be upgraded to the desired security edition before the dashboard allows you to claim the new security edition to your organization.  In order for Support to fulfill the request, it must come from a write privilege organizational-level administrator.

    • Mixed MX product editions are not supported in the co-termination licensing model.

  • Contact 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.
    • If upgrading moving from Enterprise to Advanced Security, the remaining credit for the MXen will be cut in half due to the increased feature set.
    • If upgrading from Enterprise to SD-WAN+, the remaining credit for the MXen will be cut by 60 to 75% depending on the MX model being converted.
    • If upgrading from Advanced Security to SD-WAN+, the remaining credit for the MXen will be cut by 25% to 50% depending on the MX model being converted.
    • The following MXen are eligible for SD-WAN+ Upgrades: MX64/W, MX65/W, MX67/W/C, MX68/W/CW, MX75, MX84, MX85, MX95, MX100, MX105, MX250, MX450
    • If you are choosing to downgrade your organization's security edition, there will be no additional credit given back.

Note: Upgrading to SD-WAN+ is only available in Co-Term through the above-mentioned ways.  To upgrade to SD-WAN+ in a Per-Device-Licensing organization, you must purchase the corresponding SD-WAN+ device licenses and claim them to the organization, which will force the organization into SD-WAN+.


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.