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Using the Cisco Meraki Device Local Status Page

All Cisco Meraki devices have a local status page that can be accessed to perform limited local configuration changes, monitor device status and utilization, and simple local troubleshooting. This article provides instructions on how to access the local status page, functions/information available on it, and how to limit access.

Accessing the Local Status Page

The local status page of any Cisco Meraki device is accessible via the web browser of a host machine. To reach MR devices, the client must be wirelessly connected to the AP (using a configured SSID or the 'meraki-setup' SSID), but MS and MX/Z1 devices can be accessed by any device with access to their LAN IP. This is done by entering the LAN IP address in the URL bar of a web browser. Additionally, each device can be accessed by DNS name from a client whose traffic passes through it, by browsing to the following URLs from the client. This can be useful for determining what AP/Switch/Firewall a client's traffic is going through to reach the Internet. 

 

In some cases, access by DNS name is not possible. In those cases, access to the devices is still possible by IP address. This is particularly useful when configuring a device for the first time on a network without DHCP, or when connecting directly into the device prior to connecting to the network. 

 

  • MR-Specific - 10.128.128.126
    In order to access this address, configure a device with the following IP settings, and then browse the the address in a web browser.
    IP Address: 10.128.128.125
    Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
     
  • MS-Specific - 1.1.1.100
    In order to access this address, configure a device with the following IP settings, and then browse the the address in a web browser.
    IP Address: 1.1.1.99
    Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
     
  • MX/Z1-Specific - Varies
    The MX and Z1 series devices will be reachable at the LAN IP of the VLAN (if configured) the client is located on. By default, MX and Z1 devices run DHCP. Once the client is connected to a LAN interface of the MX or Z1, find the client's IP address and default gateway. Then open the default gateway address in a web browser.

Overview/Features of Each Status Page

Every device's status page includes useful information about the status of the device, limited configuration options (such as setting a static IP), and other tools. This section will cover what is available for each device.

MR Series

MR_Local_Status_Page.png

 

  • Connection
    Provides information regarding the client's connectivity to the AP, the AP's current network and channels, as well as other cloud connectivity and status information.
     
  • Neighbors
    Provides information about any neighboring APs. Includes information like SSID, BSSID, Signal (signal-to-noise ratio in DB), Channel, Mode, and Encryption.
     
  • Configure
    Provides options for setting the IP address of the AP, other addressing settings, or configuring a proxy for HTTP traffic.
     
  • Speed test
    Provides a tool for conducting a speed test from the wireless client to the AP. If using Internet Explorer, only versions 10 and above are supported.

MS Series

 

  • Overview
    Provides information regarding the client's connectivity to the switch, the switch's current network, as well as other cloud connectivity and status information.
     
  • Uplink configuration
    Provides options for setting the IP address of the switch, other addressing settings, or configuring a proxy for HTTP traffic.
     
  • Switch ports status
    Provides information some information regarding the configuration of ports (such as VLANs), and their status, including bytes in/out.
     
  • Switch ports configuration
    Provides options for limited configuration changes on switch ports, including enabled/disabled, native VLAN, and link negotiation.

MX/Z1 Series

MX_Local_Status_Page.png

 

  • Connection
    Provides information regarding the client's connectivity to the appliance, the appliance's current network, uplink status, as well as other cloud connectivity and status information.
     
  • Configure
    Provides options for setting the IP address of the appliance on its WAN interfaces, other addressing settings, or configuring a proxy for HTTP traffic.
     
  • Ethernet
    Allows local changes to the speed/duplex settings of the Internet/WAN and LAN ports.
     
  • Speed test
    Provides a tool for conducting a speed test from the client to the appliance. If using Internet Explorer, only versions 10 and above are supported.

Configuring the Local Status Page

Changing Login Credentials

By default, users are required to log in to pages that provide configurable options. The default credentials are the serial number of the device (all upper-case with dashes) as the username, and a blank password. This can be modified to have an admin defined password. To do so, navigate to Network-wide > General > Device configuration and provide a Password. This can then be used with the username "admin" to access certain pages.

Controlling Remote Access to the Local Status Page

On MX/Z1 series devices, by default access to the local status page is only available to devices via the LAN IP address(es). However, it is possible to allow access via the WAN/Internet IP as well. 

  1. Navigate to Security Appliance > Configure > Firewall > Layer 3 > Appliance services.
  2. In the field for Web (local status & configuration), enter "Any" to allow access from any remote IPs. Or enter address ranges in CIDR notations, separated by commas.
    Ex. 192.168.13.73/32, 192.168.47.0/24
  3. Click Save Changes.

Disabling the Local Status Page

Though the enabled by default, administrators do have the option to disable the local status page altogether on their devices.

Note: The local status page allows administrators to change the IP configuration of their Cisco Meraki devices. If the local status page is disabled and a device's current IP configuration does not allow it to contact the cloud controller, the only option will be to perform a factory reset and clear the local configuration.

The option to enable/disable the local status page is available in Dashboard under Network-wide > General > Device configuration.

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