This document describes how to install and set up the MX64 security appliance. Additional reference documents are available online at: www.meraki.com/library/products.
The Meraki MX64 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 four LAN connections
- Wall screws and anchors for mounting drywall surface, either vertically or horizontally
In addition to the MX64, the following are provided.
The MX64 front panel
The MX64 uses an LED to inform the user of the device's status. LED patterns and their meanings are described below.
Power is applied but the appliance is not connected to the Meraki Dashboard
|Rainbow Colors||The appliance is attempting to connect to Meraki Dashboard|
Firmware upgrade in progress
The MX64 back panel
Additional functions on the back panel are described below, from left to right.
USB 2.0 for 3G/4G wireless cards. Traffic status is indicated by the USB LED.
These 4 ports provide connectivity to computers, printers, access points, or Ethernet switches.
A steady green LED indicates bidirectional connectivity.
The LAN4 port can either be a LAN port or a second Internet port.
|WAN / Internet port||Provides connectivity to the WAN.|
Insert a paper clip if a reset is required.
|Power input||Designed for use only with the unit’s power supply.|
The MX64 bottom panel
Please note that the serial number is located on the product label at the bottom panel of MX64
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
Do the following to configure basic connectivity and other networking parameters:
- Using a client machine such as a laptop, connect to one of the four LAN ports of the MX.
- 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)
- Click Uplink configuration under the Local status tab. The default credentials use the device serial number as the username, with a blank password field.
- Choose Static for the IP Assignment option.
- 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.
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)
You can toggle the LAN4 port between LAN and Internet, through Uplink configuration under the Local status tab.
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.
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.