Home > Security and SD-WAN > MX Overviews and Specifications > Z3 and Z3C Overview and Specifications

Z3 and Z3C Overview and Specifications

 

Z3 - Scaled.png

Features  

  • Managed via Cisco Meraki Dashboard

  • Automatic Firmware upgrades

  • Automatic WAN Failover to Cellular Uplink

  • L3/L7 Stateful Firewall

  • Geo-based firewall rules

  • 1:1 and 1:Many NAT

  • Configurable VLANs / DHCP support

  • Static Routing

  • Client VPN endpoint

  • Meraki AutoVPN and L2TP/IPSec VPN endpoint

  • Active Directory integration

  • Custom Traffic Shaping

  • Historical Client Usage statistics

  • Netflow support

  • Syslog integration

  • Remote Packet Capture tools

Hardware Features

  • Built-in Cellular 100 Mbps CAT 3 LTE Uplink (Z3C only, requires SIM card)

  • Built-in 802.11ac Wireless Wave 2 capability

Configuration 

The basic initial configuration of the Z3 and Z3C is just as simple as with other MX/Z devices. The links below provide additional information and instructions relating to each step in getting the device setup and configured for the first time. 

  1. Claim the device to an Organization on the Meraki Dashboard
    1. If a Dashboard Organization does not yet exist, Create one
  2. Add the device to a Dashboard Network 
    1. If a Network does not yet exist, Create one first
  3. Physically connect the device to the local network
    1. Insert an activated SIM card to allow the cellular uplink to function (Cellular model only) 
    2. Power on the device and let it check in to the Dashboard
    3. If necessary, configure a Static IP on the WAN interface through the Local Status Page to allow it to check in.
  4. Finish configuring the device from the Meraki Dashboard 
    1. Manage local VLANs
    2. Modify Firewall rules
    3. Configure VPN connectivity
    4. Configure custom APNs for cellular modems

Technical Breakdown 

WAN Interface

Z3 Z3C
1x GbE RJ45 1x GbE RJ45
Cellular Uplink via 3rd Party USB Modem Built-in Cellular Uplink or 3rd Party USB Modem

LAN Interface

Z3 Z3C
3x Dedicated GbE RJ45 3x Dedicated GbE RJ45
1x Dedicated GbE RJ45 PoE+ 1x Dedicated GbE RJ45 PoE+

802.11 Wireless Interface 

  Z3/C
Radio Information

802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wave 2 (2.4 or 5Ghz), 2x2 MU-MIMO

Antennas  4x Internal dipole antennas (Gain: 3dBi @ 2.4Ghz, 4 dBi @ 5Ghz)
Maximum Data Rate 1.3 Gbps
Regulatory Domains FCC, IC, C-Tick, RoHS

Cellular Interface

   US / North America Bands Worldwide Bands
HSPA+ 2, 4, 5 1, 3, 8
FDD-LTE 2, 4, 5, 13, 17 1, 3, 7, 8, 20
TD-LTE - -
CA N/A N/A
Carriers Verizon, AT&T Orange, Telia, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Post, BT, STC, Telenor

Please note that any other worldwide carrier that requires only a GCF certification is also supported.

Throughput and Capabilities

  Z3/C
Recommended Maximum LAN Clients Up to 5
Max Stateful Firewall Throughput in NAT mode 100 Mbps
Max Stateful Firewall Throughput in Passthrough mode 100 Mbps
Max VPN Throughput 50 Mbps

 

Physical 

  Z3 Z3C
Mount Type Desktop Desktop

Dimensions

(h x d x w)

6.83 x 4.41 x 1.04 in / 

173.4 x 112 x 26.3 mm

7.9 x 4.41 x 1.04 in /

200 x 112 x 26 mm 

Weight 0.85 lbs / 0.386 kg 1.1 lbs / 0.487 kg
Power Supply 50W (54 V / 0.92 A)  50W (54 V / 0.92 A) 
Operating Temperature

32°F - 104 °F

0°C - 40°C

32°F - 104 °F

0°C - 40°C

Humidity 5% to 95% 5% to 95%

Accessories  

Accessory Description
MA-STND-1 1x Desk Stand (Z3/C)
MA-PWR-50WAC 1x 50W Power Adapter (Z3)
MA-PWR-30W-US 1x 30W Power Adapter, US (Z1)
MA-PWR-CORD-US 1x AC Power Cable, US plug
MA-PWR-CORD-EU 1x AC Power Cable, EU plug
MA-PWR-CORD-UK 1x AC Power Cable, UK plug
MA-PWR-CORD-AU 1x AC Power Cable, AU plug

Troubleshooting 

Common Troubleshooting Steps 

My cellular uplink is stuck at 'Connecting'

Built-in Cellular - Ensure that the SIM card is inserted correctly and is activated with the correct PIN entered, if necessary. Ensure there is no USB modem connected as the MX will prefer a USB cellular modem to the internal modem, if available. If a custom APN is needed, contact Meraki Support to get it applied. 

USB Cellular - Ensure that the USB Modem is activated and able to pass traffic when connected to a PC. Ensure it is fully connected and powered on when connected to the MX. If a custom APN is needed contact Meraki Support to get it applied. 

 

I need to configure a custom APN but cannot find how to in the Dashboard 

Currently custom APNs must be applied by Meraki Support, please reach out to Meraki Support with the necessary APN and device information. 

 

My modem is connected but is getting very poor throughput

Meraki strongly recommends that the cellular uplink be used on a 4G connection with good signal strength to provide adequate bandwidth to support using the cellular connection as a backup uplink. If no 4G signal is available or the available signal is low strength the achievable throughput may not be adequate to fully support a remote site and more restrictive traffic shaping rules should be used to ensure traffic is prioritized appropriately. 

Common Event Log Messages 

There are currently no Z3/C specific Event Log entries, for more general information about navigating the Event Log and the types of Events that could be expected please check out our Event Log documentation

FAQ 

 

Is the Z3C using the Cellular Uplink? 

When the Z3C is using the Cellular Uplink it will display a Pink Status LED instead of the usual White LED.

 

Is this SD-WAN over LTE? Can LTE be used as the primary uplink?

No. LTE link can be used as failover or single-uplink only.

 

How does LTE work for free trials?

Meraki does not supply SIM cards so while the unit can be trialed, it is up to the end user to procure a working SIM card on a compatible carrier.

 

Do these models support eSIM capability?

No. Currently, Meraki customers will need to acquire a SIM card from their carrier and install.

 

Will the LTE devices be available in the USA and Worldwide?

Yes. There will be two models: the North American model and the worldwide model

 

Should I contact Meraki support for carrier issues?

No, you will need to bring support issues to the carrier for carrier issues.

 

How do I troubleshoot carrier issues?

The Meraki Dashboard provides the ability to monitor signal strength, performance, and historical traffic for troubleshooting purposes. For additional troubleshooting related to the carrier, the carrier will need to be contacted.

 

If an external USB cellular modem and the internal LTE SIM card are both connected, which one takes precedence?

The external USB cellular modem will take priority over the internal LTE SIM.

 

Can I change the APN?

Yes. Custom APNs can be configured from Cellular section of the Uplink tab on the Security Appliance > Appliance Settings page.

 

What does the new LTE API include?

The LTE API allows configuration of APN (Access Point Name), Modem ON/OFF and reset, as well as monitoring capabilities for band, carrier, APN, SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio), RSRP (Reference Signals Received Power), RSRQ (Reference Signal Received Quality) 

Last modified

Tags

Classifications

This page has no classifications.

Explore the Product

Click to Learn More

Article ID

ID: 7327

Explore Meraki

You can find out more about Cisco Meraki on our main site, including information on products, contacting sales and finding a vendor.

Explore Meraki

Contact Support

Most questions can be answered by reviewing our documentation, but if you need more help, Cisco Meraki Support is ready to work with you.

Open a Case

Ask the Community

In the Meraki Community, you can keep track of the latest announcements, find answers provided by fellow Meraki users and ask questions of your own.

Visit the Community