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Using the MR Live Tools

Live tools on the Monitor > Access Points page can provide important information and assist with troubleshooting . To use Live Tools, select the access point of interest from the Monitor > Access points page. This article is an overview of the available services associated with this feature.


  • Current clients

  • Channel utilization

  • Ping

  • ARP table

  • Traceroute

  • Throughput

  • Blink LEDs

  • Reboot APs

Summary Tab

Current clients

The Current clients tool loads automatically by default and shows the number of clients connected, data usage for the AP in total and per user, as well as how well and how long the user has been associated. You may also ping each currently connected client.

MR - Summary Tab - Live date

Tools Tab

The following tools can be accessed by navigating to the Tools tab of the MR's status page.

MR Tools tab



Run a Ping test to any client that is connected wirelessly to the AP or to any client that should be reachable over the wired network. You can also run a ping test from Meraki dashboard to the AP by clicking Ping AP.

MR tools ping


Reboot Device

If the AP is checking into the cloud and you would like to perform a reboot without unplugging the device you can click on Reboot AP to reboot the device.



Blink LEDs

This tool is useful for finding the AP. Also, if you are running in Dark Mode where the LEDs are not on, this tool will blink the LEDs so that you can see if the device is functioning or not. This tool flashes all the LEDs on the device in unison

MR Tools tab_Blink_LEDs.png

Dashboard throughput

This tool allows a throughput test to be performed between the AP and Meraki dashboard.  For more information, review the article on the Throughput live tool

Note: This is not meant as a tool to test the overall throughput available from an AP to the Internet.

MR Tools tab_Dashboard_throughput.png




Run a traceroute from the AP to any host upstream.  This lets you know the route information from the AP to the specific host.  Learn more about using traceroute here .

MR tools traceroute

ARP table

The ARP table live tool can be used to view the AP's ARP table. This will display a list of IP addresses and the MAC addresses they are mapped to.

MR tools ARP table

These tools will only work with APs that are online and communicating with the Dashboard. If you are trying to use one of these tools and they are taking a long time to load, this can be due to a few reasons:


  1. If the AP is currently working at capacity due to large number of clients or data passing through the device, these tools will take time to load because the AP’s resources are taxed

  2. If the AP is having problems connecting to the cloud controller, these tools will either not load or load slowly. Learn more about troubleshooting this here .

  3. If there is a problem on your local lan that is impeding traffic or your connection is slow, this can cause long load times as well.

RF Metrics Tab 

Channel utilization

Shows real-time channel utilization for the AP’s channels that are in use.

802.11 traffic comes from any device within range that is scanning for an SSID to connect to or passing traffic over the AP. Non-802.11 interference is caused by environmental factors such as building materials, high voltage equipment/wiring and microwaves.  

The information on RF metrics tab is sourced from the client serving radio. The client serving radio on the Meraki Access Point has a counter that is updated every 20 nsec. Counters indicate how many times the AP was transmitting, receiving and saw congestion on the channel as well as the total cycle count. The AP sends the counter information every 10 minutes. Dashboard then calculates the channel utilization and is displayed on the RF metrics tab. If Live data is selected the information is updated for every 3 seconds as shown on the local status page.

Learn how to troubleshoot interference issues in the following articles:

Meraki for Events and high density deployments

Tools for Troubleshooting Poor Wireless Performance

Common Source of Wireless Interference

Live Channel Utilization

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