This article answers some frequently asked questions regarding Meraki access points.
Frequently Asked Questions
What features do Meraki access points support?
All Meraki MR access points support certain cloud-based features, like stateless firewalling, Layer 3 and Layer 7 application traffic shaping, wireless intrusion detection and prevention, Location Analytics, support for up to 15 unique SSIDs, and automatic RF channel optimization. Depending on supported hardware, a Meraki AP may also support additional features like Bluetooth beaconing and scanning, MU-MIMO, self-healing mesh, and multigigabit.
What does a Meraki cloud management license cover?
We try to make purchase simple: all you have to do is buy the access points you need and then buy cloud management licenses for them. Your license includes:
All enterprise technical support
All new feature and firmware updates (that will get seamlessly pushed from the cloud, usually every quarter)
Access to all cloud-based wireless features that your APs’ hardware supports
In short: this is an all-you-can-eat license; you don’t pay extra for certain features — like Location Analytics or WIDS/WIPS.
Where can I find data sheets and technical specifications for these access points?
Do Meraki APs support 802.11ac Wave 2?
Yes, several of our AP models support 802.11ac Wave 2 and Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) to more efficiently serve multiple clients simultaneously. We have indoor and outdoor models that support this technical specification.
What antennas can I use with my Meraki MR APs?
Indoor Meraki APs come with integrated omni antennas. Our outdoor APs support omni, sector, and patch antennas — check out any AP’s product page for the most up-to-date information on supported antennas. Our highest-performance, high-density AP, the MR86, also supports Cisco’s stadium antenna if coverage for stadium, arena, or large venue events is required.
What’s the coverage area or range of a Meraki AP?
Coverage and range are highly dependent on both the environment (RF interference, weather, etc.) in which they’re deployed as well as other factors — such as external antennas, if any — being used. This makes definitive ranges hard to predict. However, barring radio interference and physical obstructions, Meraki access points equipped with omnidirectional antennas typically reach a range of 100 meters. Directional antennas would greatly extend this range.
Do I need to purchase WLAN controllers or centralized AP management to oversee multiple APs?
No, there is no need to purchase any controllers or centralized management tools — our cloud controls our Meraki APs across all your sites and networks. This allows you to rapidly, massively scale your wireless network painlessly.