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Using tags to manage MR Access Points

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Tags can be used for basic management purposes or to partition the wireless network into both physical or security-based segments. This article describes how to tag one or more access points and how to use tags for management purposes:

 

 

  • Marking the APs with tags
  • Organizing a wireless network with many APs
  • VLAN tagging on specific APs


Marking the APs with tags


1. In Dashboard, navigate to Monitor > Access points.

2. Check the box(es) of the AP(s) you'd like to tag.

3. Click the Tag drop-down menu and enter a new tag for the AP(s) or select an existing tag.


4. Complete this step for each tag you'd like to assign.

Tags have now been assigned to the Access Points.


 

 

Organizing a wireless network with many APs



Tags can be used to help organize your Meraki Network and easily separate your devices from one another based on many different variables.  

For example, if administering a university network that has Access Points in dorms, dining halls, and classrooms, it is possible to "tag" each access point with the appropriate label and then run searches and reports based on those tags, e.g., show all APs that have the tag "dining_hall."  

Cisco Meraki also supports multiple tags to a single AP.  So, continuing the above example, a wireless network could have the tags "ceiling_mount" and "wall_mount."  It would then be easy to a search for all ceiling-mounted dining hall APs.

VLAN tagging on specific APs



There may be occasions when it is desirable to tag specific APs with a particular VLAN. For more information on VLAN tagging, refer to the article on Gateway APs and IEEE 802.1Q VLAN tagging or the VLAN tagging section of the product manual.

Note: VLAN tagging is only available in Bridge mode


To tag traffic on specific APs with a particular VLAN, follow the steps below:

1. In Dashboard, navigate to Configure > Access control.

2. Select the target SSID from the SSID drop-down menu.

3. Scroll down to the Addressing and traffic section.

4. If it is not already enabled, select Use VLAN tagging.

5. Click the Add VLAN link.

6. Enter the desired AP tags and VLAN ID.

7. Click Save Changes.





Now, on this SSID any Client traffic passed through an AP with the entered tag(s) will be tagged with the specified VLAN tag.

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