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MX65W Installation Guide

This document describes how to install and set up the MX65W security appliance. Additional reference documents are available online at: www.meraki.com/library/products.

MX65W Overview

The Meraki MX65W is an enterprise security appliance designed for distributed deployments that require remote administration. It is ideal for network administrators who demand both ease of deployment and a state-of-the-art feature set. This appliance provides the following new features:

  • USB port, to support approved 3G/4G cards for failover to cellular networks.
  • Support for eight LAN connections
  • Support for two additional PoE+ LAN ports
  • Wall screws and anchors for mounting drywall surface, either vertically or horizontally

Package contents

In addition to the MX65W, the following are provided.

The MX65W front panel

Status Indicator

The MX65W uses an LED to inform the user of the device's status. LED patterns and their meanings are described below.

LED Status

Meaning

Solid orange

Power is applied but the appliance is not connected to the Meraki Dashboard

Alternating Colors The appliance is attempting to connect to Meraki Dashboard

Flashing White

Firmware upgrade in progress

Solid White

Fully operational

The MX65W back panel

 

 

 

 

Additional functions on the back panel are described below, from left to right.

WAN / Internet ports These two ports provide connectivity to the WAN.
LAN ports

These 8 ports provide connectivity to computers, printers, access points, or Ethernet switches.

A steady green LED indicates bidirectional connectivity, and flashing green indicates traffic.

PoE+ Ports

These 2 LAN ports provide connectivity to computers, printers, access points, or Ethernet switches.

Each port outputs up to 30W of PoE power.

A steady green LED indicates bidirectional connectivity, and flashing green indicates traffic.

Power input Designed for use only with the unit’s power supply.

The MX65W side panel

Additional functions on the back panel are described below, from left to right.

 

 

 

 

Reset button

Insert a paper clip if a reset is required.

  • Press for 1 second to delete a downloaded configuration and reboot.
  • Press and hold for more than 10 seconds to force a full factory reset.

USB port

USB 2.0 for 3G/4G wireless cards. Traffic status is indicated by the USB LED.

The MX65W bottom panel

 

Please note that the serial number is located on the product label at the bottom panel of MX65W

Mounting hardware

The supplied wall screws and anchors allow you to mount the appliance on a drywall surface, either vertically or horizontally. The distance between the holes you drill should be 5-1/8 inches (13 cm).

  • For mounting on drywall, use a ¼-in drill bit, then insert the plastic and screw assemblies.
  • For mounting on wood or a similar surface, use only the screws.
  • Allow the heads of the screws to stick out far enough to be inserted securely into the back of the appliance.

Connecting to WAN

All Meraki MX devices must have an IP address. This section describes how to configure your local area network before you deploy it. A local management web service, running on the appliance, is accessed through a browser running on a client PC. This web service is used for configuring and monitoring basic ISP/WAN connectivity.

Setting up a static IP address

To ensure that the client PC is redirected to the local web service in the following step, you must disable all other network services (ex: wi-fi) on your client machine.

Do the following to configure basic connectivity and other networking parameters:

  1. Using a client machine such as a laptop, connect to one of the LAN ports of the MX.
  2. Using a browser on the client machine, access the appliance's built-in web service by browsing to http://setup.meraki.com. (You do not have to be connected to the Internet to reach this address)
  3. Click Uplink configuration under the Local status tab. The default credentials use the device serial number as the username, with a blank password field.
  4. Choose Static for the IP Assignment option.
  5. Enter the IP address, subnet mask, default gateway IP and DNS server information.

Setting up a DHCP IP address

By default all MX devices are configured to DHCP from upstream WAN / ISP servers. Simply plug the MX's WAN / Internet port to your upstream circuit and wait a few minutes for the unit to negotiate a DHCP address.

When the WAN connection is fully enabled, Internet LED 1 will turn green.

Additional settings

Please note that all these settings below are accessible only via the local management console.

Setting VLANs

If your WAN uplink is on a trunk port, choose VLAN tagging > Use VLAN tagging and enter the appropriate value for VLAN ID for your network.

Setting up secondary WAN interface (dual WAN) Edit section

The MX65W comes with two dedicated Internet ports, which are both configured through the Uplink configuration under the Local status tab.

Setting PPPoE

PPPoE authentication may be required if you are connecting MX device to a DSL circuit. You need to know your authentication option and credentials (supplied by your ISP) in order to complete these steps.

  • Choose Connection Type > PPPoE.
  • Select your Authentication option.
  • If you select Use authentication, enter appropriate values for Username and Password.

Web proxy settings

These settings take effect if the MX device has to fall back to using HTTP to contact the Cloud Controller. By default, web proxy is disabled. To enable web proxy, do the following:

  • Choose Web proxy > Yes.
  • Enter values as appropriate for Hostname or IP and Port.
  • If you require authentication, choose Authentication > Use authentication, and enter appropriate values for Username and Password.

To apply all configuration settings to the appliance, be sure to click Save Settings at the bottom of the page.

Configuring physical link settings

To configure physical link settings on the Ethernet ports, click Local status > Ethernet configuration. You can enable half duplex, full duplex, and autonegotiation, as well as set 10- or 100-Mbps data rates.

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