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Meraki Dashboard Organizational Structure

The basic structure of Dashboard consists of two levels:

  • Networks - Contains Cisco Meraki devices, their configurations, statistics, and any client-device information.
  • Organizations - A collection of networks that are all part of a single organizational entity, such as a company or school district.

Administrator accounts can then access multiple organizations and the networks they contain, as long as an account exists in each organization with the same e-mail address. For more information, read the article on creating a Dashboard account and organization.

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Even though a single account can access multiple organizations, each organization is treated entirely independently. Therefore, licensing, inventory, users, and configurations are all kept within an organization. 

Moving devices and configurations

It is not possible to copy a configuration from one organization to another, or to move a device from any of the Move dropdowns. To move a device between organizations, it must first be removed from the first organization, and then added to the second. Any configuration must be manually reproduced in the new organization.


Each organization's licensing is self-contained. This works well for Managed Service Providers, or entities that need to manage networks for multiple organizations that are financially independent.


Multiple types of networks are available. Think of a network as a container for devices, primarily determined by what type of devices it will contain. Multiple of the same network type can exist within an organization. The following network types are available:


  • Wireless - Can only contain wireless devices, such as the MR series, OD2, and other legacy products.
  • Switch - Can only contain MS series switches.
  • Security appliance - Can only contain MX series security appliances or Z1 personal gateways. Limited to a single device per network.
  • Camera - Can only contain MV series cameras.
  • EMM (Systems Manager) - Systems Manager is Cisco Meraki's cloud-based Mobile Device Management platform and can be used to manage settings, apps, etc. on iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows devices.
  • Combined - Can be used to combine all four of the preceding networks into one. Best used for grouping devices together based on physical location. More information on Combined Networks.
  • VM concentrator - A virtual machine that can be used with Teleworker VPN on wireless access points.

For more information, read the article on creating Dashboard networks.

Access and Permissions

When an account has access to multiple organizations, logging into that account will present the administrator with a page where a starting organization can be selected.



To change organizations later, use the organization dropdown in the upper left corner of Dashboard.



The access available to each individual network or organization will be dependent on the permissions configuration. For more information on permissions, refer to the article on Managing Administrators.


In the example below, the account has the following access within each organization:

  • Organization 1 - Account has Full access to the organization, and thus Full access to all contained networks.
  • Organization 2 - Account only has Read-only access to the 'Combined Network'.
  • Organization 3 - Account has Read-only access to the organization, and thus all contained networks. However, Full access has been given specifically for the 'MX Network'.

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