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Static IP Assignment on a Cisco Meraki Access Point

Access points can use either dynamic or static network connection information. Though DHCP is recommended, you may configure a static IP address on a Cisco Meraki AP from Dashboard or locally.

Static IP Assignment via Dashboard

Note: This method requires that the AP is an active gateway. This means that the AP needs to either have an active DHCP lease or already has a functioning static IP address. Also, this method does not work for devices acting as repeaters.

  1. Browse to dashboard.meraki.com and login to Dashboard.
  2. Navigate to Wireless > Monitor > Access Points and click the name of the AP you would like to configure.

  3. On the device status page, click the "set IP address" to expand the configuration for that device.

  4. Input the appropriate connection information and click the "Save Changes" button.

If the AP is not able to reach the default gateway on this static assignment, it will fall back to DHCP. Please inspect the information and the VLANs being used on the network if this happens. Note that if a VLAN is specified in the static IP configuration, traffic from the AP will be sent out tagged with 802.1q for that VLAN.

Local IP Assignment

  1. Connect to the Access Point. While in scanning mode the AP may be broadcasting an SSID such as meraki "-scanning" or "-bad-gateway". If there are no clear broadcasting SSIDs, it will be possible to connect to a hidden SSID of meraki-[MAC Address], i.e. meraki-a1:b2:c3:d4:e5:f6. Alternatively, you can connect your computer via Ethernet cable to the AP's Ethernet port if available (this would be the "In" port on a PoE adapter).
  2. Once you have obtained an IP address, browse to the url my.meraki.com.
  3. On this page, click Configure.
  4. The page should now prompt for login credentials. If local login credentials were configured via Dashboard, please use these credentials. Otherwise, the default login is the device's serial number as the username and a blank password.  
    Each device is labeled with its serial number on the bottom label.
  5. On the Configure page, set the needed connection information.
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Please note that your wireless connection to the device may be interrupted as the AP will be in a scan mode causing it to change its channel. Before submitting saving changes, verify you are still connected to the correct SSID.

Additional Resources

For further information on static IP assignment on MR Access Points, see the following related articles:

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