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Z4 Installation Guide

About this Guide

This guide provides instructions on how to install and configure your Z4 series device. This guide also provides mounting instructions and limited troubleshooting procedures. For more Z-series device installation guides, refer to the Z-series installation guides section on our documentation website.

Product Overview Edit section

The Cisco Meraki Z-Series teleworker gateway is an enterprise class firewall, VPN gateway and router. Each model offers wireless connectivity, five gigabit ethernet ports, including a built-in PoE-enabled port for VoIP phones and other powered devices. Each model is designed to securely extend the power of Meraki cloud managed networking to almost any location. 

Features   Edit section

  • Managed via Cisco Meraki Dashboard

  • Automatic Firmware upgrades

  • Automatic WAN Failover to Cellular Uplink

  • L3/L7 Stateful Firewall

  • 1:1 and 1:Many NAT

  • Configurable VLANs / DHCP support

  • Static Routing

  • Client VPN endpoint

  • Meraki AutoVPN and L2TP/IPSec VPN endpoint

  • Custom Traffic Shaping

  • Historical Client Usage statistics

  • Netflow support

  • Syslog integration

  • Remote Packet Capture tools

  • IPv6 Support

Context and Comparisons  Edit section



Max Stateful Firewall Throughput in NAT mode

500 Mbps

Max VPN Throughput

250 Mbps

PoE Capabilities 

Yes, 1x GbE RJ45 LAN Ports (802.3at)


Dual-band 2x2 WiFi 6

Recommended LAN Clients

Up to 5 devices


Physical Specifications Edit section



RJ45 WAN Interfaces

1x Dedicated GbE RJ45 

LAN Interfaces - Dedicated

4x Dedicated GbE RJ45

Wireless Radio Information

WiFi 6 2x2 MU-MIMO


2 x 2 MU-MIMO with two spatial streams

Maximum Wireless Data Rate

1.5 Gbps*

Mount Type

Desktop / Wall Mount


(w x d x h)

7.25 x 4.84 x 1.10 in / 

184.2 x 123 x 28 mm


0.86 lbs / 0.391 kg

Power Supply

50W (54 V / 0.92 A) 

Power Load (max)


Operating Temperature

32°F - 113 °F

0°C - 45°C

Storage and Transportation Temperature

-4°F - 158°F

-20°C - 70°C


5% to 95%


* Refers to maximum over-the-air data frame rate capability of the radio chipset, and may exceed data rates allowed by IEEE 802.11ax operation.





1x 50W Power Adapter (Z4)


1x AC Power Cable, US plug


1x AC Power Cable, EU plug


1x AC Power Cable, UK plug


1x AC Power Cable, AU plug

Product View and Physical Features Edit section

Package Contents

In addition to the Z4 device, the following are provided:


Power Adapter (No Power Cable)

1x CAT5e Ethernet Cables

Wall Screws and Anchors



Front Panel





Status Indicator Edit section

LED Status


Solid orange

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

Rainbow Colors

The appliance is attempting to connect to Meraki Dashboard

Flashing White

Firmware upgrade in progress

Solid White

Fully operational/connected, uplink actively using wired WAN

Back Panel Edit section


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.

WAN / Internet port

[Far left Ethernet port] This port provides connectivity to the WAN.

LAN ports

These 4 ports provide connectivity to computers, printers, access points, or Ethernet switches.

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

PoE+ Port

[Port 5] One of the LAN ports provides PoE+ for connectivity to computers, printers, access points, or Ethernet switches, 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.

Bottom Panel Edit section


Please note that the serial number is located on the product label on the bottom panel of the Z4


Mounting Hardware Edit section

The supplied wall screws and anchors allow you to mount the gateway on a drywall surface, either vertically or horizontally. The distance between the holes you drill should be 3-15/32 inches (8.8cm) for Z4.

Safety and Warnings

These operations are to be taken with respect to all local laws. Please take the following into consideration for safe operation:

  • Power off the unit before you begin. Read the installation instructions before connecting the system to the power source. 

  • Before you work on any equipment, be aware of the hazards involved with electrical circuitry and be familiar with standard practices for preventing accidents.

  • Read the mounting instructions carefully before beginning installation. Failure to use the correct hardware or to follow the correct procedures could result in a hazardous situation to people and damage to the system.

  • This product relies on the building’s installation for short-circuit (overcurrent) protection. Ensure that the protective device is rated not greater than: 15 A, 125 Vac, or 10A, 240 Vac.

  • Please only power the device with the provided power cables to ensure regulatory compliance.

Pre-install Preparation Edit section

You should complete the following steps before going on-site to perform an installation.

Configure your Dashboard Network Edit section

The following is a brief overview only of the steps required to add an Z4 to your network. For detailed instructions about creating, configuring and managing Meraki networks, refer to our Managing Dashboard Networks document. Additional resources can also be found via:

  1. Login to If this is your first time, create a new account.

  2. Find the network to which you plan to add your Z4 or create a new network.

  3. Add your Z4 to your network. You will need your Meraki order number (found on your invoice) or the serial number of each Z4, which looks like Qxxx-xxxx-xxxx, and is found on the bottom of the unit. If a license key was purchased at the same time then you should have received it via email.

  4. Go to the map / floor plan view and place each Z4 on the map by clicking and dragging it to the location where you plan to mount it.

Check and Set Firmware Edit section

To ensure your Z4 performs optimally immediately following installation, it is recommended that you facilitate a firmware upgrade prior to mounting your Z4.

  1. Attach your Z4 to power and a wired Internet connection.

  2. The Z4 will turn on and the power LED will glow solid orange. 

  3. If the unit requires an upgrade, the power LED will begin blinking white until the upgrade is complete, at which point the LED will turn solid white. You should allow at least a few minutes for the firmware upgrade to complete, depending on the speed of your internet connection.

Check and Configure Upstream Firewall Settings Edit section

If an upstream firewall is already in place, it must allow outgoing connections on particular ports to particular IP addresses. The most current list of outbound ports and IP addresses for your particular organization can be found on the firewall configuration page in your dashboard

Installation Instructions Edit section

Mounting Hardware

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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 b