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MV Wireless Configuration Guide

Overview

MV cameras (MV12 [2018] and later) feature a wireless chip that allows them to function as wireless clients. Coupled with the Meraki MV low voltage power injector (refer to this installation guide), MV provides a more affordable alternative to deployments requiring re-cabling that might otherwise be cost-prohibitive.

 

Simply configure wireless settings in the Meraki dashboard, connect the cameras to the LAN for configuration download, and then mount cameras, connected to power, within range of an access point. The wireless functionality on MV works with any brand of wireless access point. The following documentation will outline how to configure wireless profiles for the MV.

Note: Wireless functionality is supported on firmware MV 3.16 and newer.

Creating Wireless Profiles

Follow the steps below to create wireless profiles for Meraki MV cameras.

  1. From the Meraki Dashboard, navigate to Cameras > Monitor > Cameras
  2. Select one or more cameras from the list page via its checkbox
  3. Select Edit > Edit wireless settings...
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  4. From the wireless profile window, select Add or Edit a wireless profilemv_wifi_profile_selection_highlight_edit.jpg
  5. Listed will be all SSID profiles created for the Dashboard network and the ability to create new profiles. It is also possible to DUPLICATE, EDIT, and DELETE profiles.mv_wifi_profiles_edit.jpg
  6. Select New Profile. Configure the new profile by choosing the security protocol and filling out the required credentials.
    Note: Currently, the only supported WPA2-Enterprise EAP type is TTLS. Certificate-based authentication is not supported. Also, the OuterIdentity is automatically set as the camera's wireless MAC address.
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  7. Select Submit to save the new wireless profile. The profile will now be available for all Meraki MV within the Dashboard Network.

Note: Under the Wireless section of a specific camera, wireless profiles can be added and edited as well.

Applying Wireless Profiles

Note: During prestaging of a camera for wireless deployment, it is recommended that the camera stays connected for 30 minutes after applying the wireless profile

Follow the steps below to apply wireless profiles to Meraki MV cameras. Remember to use a wired connection first for configuration download.

  1. From the Meraki Dashboard, navigate to Cameras > Monitor > Cameras
  2. Select one or more cameras from the list page via its checkbox
  3. Select Edit > Edit wireless settings...
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  4. From the wireless profile window, select a Primary and Secondary SSID. A third Backup SSID is optional. 
    Note: Two SSID profiles must be selected here. It is not possible to apply only a primary profile. Multiple SSID profiles allow for potential failover scenarios. The Meraki MV will prefer the Primary SSID and automatically failover to the Secondary followed by the Backup SSID.
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  5. Once the two SSID profiles are chosen, select Review Changes. Verify that all cameras are getting the correct SSID profiles and hit Submit.mv_wifI_review.jpg
  6. After changes are saved, the selected cameras will automatically update their configuration. Keep the camera connected for about 30 minutes.
  7. Then, mount the cameras connected to power and within range of the access point/s supplying the wireless profiles. 
  8. Refer to the next section on how to use the dashboard to check your wireless configuration status.

Note: Under the Wireless section of a specific camera, wireless settings can be altered on a per device basis.

Check Wireless Configuration Status on Dashboard

You can monitor the wireless configuration status of your cameras in two locations: the list page and under the Network page of each camera.

 

On the list page

 

Within the list page under Cameras > Monitor > Cameras, you can add the following 6 columns to show wireless connectivity status.

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The Wireless enabled column will indicate whether wireless is enabled or disabled. The Configured SSIDs column will list primary, secondary and backup (optional) SSIDs. If wireless is enabled, the SSID column indicates which one it is connected to. The Signal strength and WPA state columns will indicate the wireless connectivity status.

On the camera’s Network page

 

Within the network tab of each camera under Wireless, you can find the camera’s LAN IP, public IP, gateway, DNS, SSID, and signal strength.

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Remove Wireless Profile from a camera

Follow the steps below to remove a wireless profile from a specific camera.

  1. From the Meraki dashboard, navigate to Cameras > Monitor > Cameras
  2. Select a camera from the list page.
  3. Select Settings > Wireless
  4. Select Remove Profiles
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