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Audio Recording


This article outlines how to enable audio recording on your Meraki MV12, MV32, MV22 and MV72 security cameras.

Enabling Audio Recording


For optimal performance, Meraki Support recommends running the latest available build (MV 3.34 or later).

Note: Certain jurisdictions regulate or prohibit audio recording. It is the responsibility of the camera operator to comply with all applicable laws.


  1. Go to Cameras > Monitor  > Cameras.
  2. Select the desired camera from the camera list.
  3. On the Settings tab, select Quality and Retention.mv_enable_audio.png 

Note: To not impact video retention period, enabling audio recording reduces video bitrate by 64 kbps.

Note: Meraki MV cameras with audio recording enabled will display a purple LED. 

Audio playback capabilities

Audio playback is supported when streaming live or historical video on the Meraki dashboard, as well as the playback of exported footage.

Note:  There can be a slight delay in audio playback when viewing video with audio recording enabled. 

Effective Recording Range

The effective recording range is heavily affected by the environment in which the camera is deployed. For example, in a relatively quiet room, the microphone can pick up conversations up to 15 feet away. In this situation, audio recorded at a distance greater than 15 feet may become inaudible. On the other hand, in a room with more background noise, conversations may be inaudible at distances closer than 15 feet. 

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