The Cisco Meraki MR52 and MR53 are dual-band enterprise class 802.11ac Wave 2 cloud-managed access point. Designed for highest capacity and highest density, the MR52 and MR53 meet the need of the most demanding environments. They both also include a third radio dedicated to optimizing the RF environment and securing the airwaves.
The MR52 and MR53 packages contain the following:
Mount cradle including built-in level tool
Your Meraki MR52 and MR53 both have the following features:
The mount cradle has the following features:
The MR52 and MR53 both feature multiple options for physically securing the access point after installation:
The MR52 and MR53 both feature 2 Ethernet ports:
The labeled “PoE” accepts 802.3at and 802.3af power and should be used as the primary uplink to your LAN/WAN.
The 2nd port may be used for LACP bonding with the PoE port
The second Ethernet port can be used in a bonded configuration with the "PoE" port. Ensure that the AP is plugged into 2 switch ports on the same Ethernet switch that have been configured for LACP bonding. Keep in mind that the maximum bonded aggregate bandwidth is 2.0 Gbps. See the MR Link Aggregation Configuration Guide for more details
The MR52 and MR53 access points can be powered using either the Meraki AC Adapter, PoE Injector (both sold separately), or a third-party PoE switch.
Keep in mind that only the primary uplink will draw PoE.
The MR52 and MR53 both will function in low power mode when powered by a 802.3af power source. While in low power mode, the MR52 and MR53 both will disable its Air Marshal radio as well as three out of four transmit streams on the 2.4 Ghz band. Despite being in low power mode, the device can still supply full 802.11ac capabilities.
When using Cisco switches, an extra step may be required to configure the Cisco switch to use LLDP to communicate with the Meraki MR52/53; see the following article for more details: https://documentation.meraki.com/MR/Other_Topics/Low_Power_Mode_on_Cisco_Switches
If the button is pressed and held for at least ﬁve seconds and then released, the AP will reboot and be restored to its original factory settings by deleting all configuration information stored on the unit.
Your MR52 and MR53 are both equipped with a multi-color LED light on the front of the unit to convey information about system functionality and performance:
The MR52 and MR53 both may be operated in “Run Dark” mode for additional security and to reduce the visibility of the access point. In this mode, the LED will not be illuminated.
You should complete the following steps before going on-site to perform an installation.
The following is a brief overview only of the steps required to add a MR52 or MR53 to your network. For detailed instructions about creating, conﬁguring and managing Meraki wireless networks, refer to the online documentation (documentation.meraki.com).
To ensure your MR52 or MR53 performs optimally immediately following installation, it is recommended that you facilitate a ﬁrmware upgrade prior to mounting your AP.
* If the unit requires an upgrade, the LED will begin blinking orange until the upgrade is complete, at which point the LED will turn solid green or blue. You should allow at least a few minutes for the ﬁrmware upgrade to complete, depending on the speed of your internet connection.
If a ﬁrewall is in place, it must allow outgoing connections on particular ports to particular IP addresses. The most current list of outbound ports and IP addresses for your particular organization can be found here.
All gateway MR52s and MR53s (An AP with Ethernet connections to the LAN) must be assigned routable IP addresses. These IP addresses can be dynamically assigned via DHCP or statically assigned.
When using DHCP, the DHCP server should be configured to assign a static IP address for each MAC address belonging to a Meraki AP. Other features of the wireless network, such as 802.1X authentication, may rely on the property that the APs have static IP addresses.
Static IPs are assigned using the local web server on each AP. The following procedure describes how to set the static IP:
Instead of associating to each Meraki AP individually to configure static IP addresses, an administrator can assign static IP addresses on the upstream DHCP server. Through “DHCP reservations,” IP addresses are “reserved” for the MAC addresses of the Meraki APs. Please consult the documentation for the DHCP server to conﬁgure DHCP reservations.
You will need the following tools to perform an installation:
You will need the following hardware to perform an installation:
A good mounting location is important to getting the best performance out of your access point. Keep the following in mind:
For most mounting scenarios, the MR52/53 mount cradle provides a quick, simple, and ﬂexible means of mounting your device. The installation should be done in two steps. First, install the mount cradle to your selected location. Then, attach the AP to the mount cradle.
The MR52/53 mount cradle can be used to install your access point in a wide range of scenarios: wall or solid ceiling, below a drop ceiling, on various electrical junction boxes.
The mount cradle contains a variety of hole patterns that are customized for each installation scenario. The mounting template (included inbox with mount cradle) should be used to drill holes for wall mounts and also to identify the correct hole patterns in the mount cradle that should be used for each type of mount. The included mount cradle template shows the hole patterns that should be used for each type of mount.
Using included wall anchors and screws, attach the mount cradle to your mounting wall or ceiling. It is recommended that the AP be mounted to a wall or solid ceiling using the mount cradle for physical security reasons.
To mount your AP on a drop ceiling T-rail, use the included drop ceiling mounting accessory kit. The accessory kit can be used to mount to most 9/16”, 15/16” or 1 ½” T-rails. The kit contains:
Tip: Pre-assemble rubber spacers and screws to the mount cradle. The mount cradle can then be held with one hand while the other hand holds a screwdriver. If mounting your AP to a dropped ceiling, skip to the "Power the AP" section.
The MR52 and MR53 can be mounted to a 4” square cable junction box, a 3.5 or 4” round cable junction box, or various U.S. and European outlet boxes (mounting screws are not included).
Using appropriate mounting hardware for your specific type of junction box, attach the mount cradle to the junction box.
If mounting to an electrical junction box, feed the Ethernet cable through the cable access hole in the mount cradle. If mounting to a wall or ceiling, the Ethernet cable will feed from behind the AP. The "Power Source Options" section of this document lists the different powering options and their unique characteristics.
(This section applies to wall and/or solid ceiling, drop ceiling or electrical junction box mount
where you have already installed the mount cradle.)
The AP attaches to the mount cradle with two tabs on the cradle that insert into the AP, and is secured to the cradle using one screw.
To attach the AP to the mount cradle properly, line up the top edge of the AP with the top tab of the mount cradle. Since the cradle is already mounted to the wall, guide the AP towards the top tab and insert the top tab into the AP’s slot.
Then adjust the AP to guide the AP’s bottom slot into the cradle’s bottom tab until it clicks into place. Once in place, the AP should be secured to the cradle by using one of the included screws in the cradle’s bottom tab.
To release the AP from the mount cradle, first remove the security screw that secures the AP to the cradle’s bottom tab. While holding the AP with one hand, press the cradle’s bottom tab upwards, releasing the AP from the bottom of the cradle. Then remove the AP from the cradle’s top tab.
The MR52 and MR53 can both be placed on a desk or shelf resting on the non-scratch rubber feet. The mount cradle is not necessary for a desk or shelf installation.
Depending on your mounting environment, you may want to secure the AP to its mount location. The MR52 and MR53 can both be secured in several ways. If the AP has been installed using the mount cradle, it should be secured via security screw (Torx security screws are included) and/or Kensington lock. If the mount cradle was not used, the AP can still be secured using a Kensington lock.
Install the security screw in the lower mount cradle tab.
Attach a Kensington lock cable to the access point at the hard point on the side of the device.
Attach the other end of the cable to a secure location, such as a pipe or building ﬁxture.
Reference the MR Product Page for additional information and troubleshooting tips.