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MG21/21E Datasheet

Connectivity is critical for any organization that depends on reliable internet access in order to function. Wireless WAN connectivity options, such as cellular networks, serve as a reliable backup internet uplink in the event of a primary uplink failure. 

 

The MG21 cellular gateway simplifies the path to wireless WAN connectivity and makes cellular a viable uplink option many networks. MG21 acts as a gateway to cellular networks, by converting LTE signal from a cellular provider to an ethernet handoff, which can be used as an internet uplink for a variety of use-cases.

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Features

Highlights
  • 300 Mbps CAT 6 LTE Integrated modem
  • Supports 2 separate downstream router connections
  • Small form factor
  • PoE or DC powered
  • IP67 rating
Management
  • Manageability from the Cisco Meraki dashboard
  • Self-configuring Cellular Gateway
  • Automatic firmware upgrades with scheduling control
Remote Diagnostics
  • Email, SMS and Mobile push notification alerts
  • Ping, traceroute, cable testing, and link failure detection with alerting
  • Remote packet capture
  • Combined event and configuration change logs with instant search

Use Cases

Note that the following use-cases refer to using Meraki MX appliance using the MG21 as a WAN uplink. However, the use-cases can also apply to non-Meraki devices.

  • Antenna placement where cellular coverage is best 
    • Signal strength is key for cellular performance. The MG21 makes cellular a viable option in situations the best location for the MX is not always the best for cellular signal. The separation of cellular antenna and MX expands cellular options for all networks, particularly for mid-range MXs mounted in a data center.
  • Primary WAN
    • In areas where wired internet services are not available, the MG21 provides a simple, viable option for wireless WAN connectivity.
  • Secondary WAN for Failover
    • An MX's secondary WAN interface connected to an MG21 may use the cellular network in the event of a primary uplink failure.
  • Secondary WAN for SD-WAN
    • An MX with an MG21 as a secondary WAN uplink may use the cellular network to establish VPNs for SD-WAN.
  • High Availability Uplink
    • The MG21 can be used as either a primary or secondary internet uplink for MX HA topologies. Its two LAN ports allow the MXs to share access to the same cellular network.

Technical Breakdown

Physical Specifications

Models

MG21

MG21E 

Dimensions (w x d x h)

160.45 x 160.45 x 34.45mm

165.7 x 160.45 x 34.45mm 

Weight(without accessories)

497g

489g

Power Supply

12V/1A, 48-57V DC/0.35A

12V/1A, 48-57V DC/0.35A

Power Load 10 Watt Maximum (PoE 802.3AF) 10 Watt Maximum (PoE 802.3AF)

Operating Temperature

-4°F to 122°F (-20°C to 50°C)

-4°F to 122°F (-20°C to 50°C)

Humidity

5% to 95% non-condensing

5% to 95% non-condensing

Interfaces

LAN Interfaces x2 GbE
WAN Interfaces x1 CAT 6 LTE cellular modem

Cellular

  North America Worldwide
LTE Bands 2, 4, 5, 12, 13, 17, 29 1, 3, 5, 7, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28
Standard 300 Mbps CAT 6 LTE 300 Mbps CAT 6 LTE
Certifications PTCRB (US), RCM (ANZ, APAC), GCF (EU) PTCRB (US), RCM (ANZ, APAC), GCF (EU)

Ordering Guide

To place an order for an MG cellular gateway, pair a specific hardware model with a single license (which includes cloud services, software upgrades and support). For example, to order an an MG21 with 3 years of enterprise licensing, order an MG21E-HW-NA with LIC-MG21-ENT-3Y. Lifetime warranty with advanced replacement is included on MG hardware (excluding accessories) at no additional cost. 

Models

Model SKU Description
MG21-HW-NA Meraki MG21 Cellular Gateway – North America
MG21-HW-WW Meraki MG21 Cellular Gateway – Worldwide
MG21E-HW-NA Meraki MG21E Cellular Gateway External Antennas – North America
MG21E-HW-WW Meraki MG21E Cellular Gateway External Antennas – Worldwide

Licensing

License SKU Description
LIC-MG21-ENT-1Y Meraki MG21 Enterprise License and Support, 1YR
LIC-MG21-ENT-3Y Meraki MG21 Enterprise License and Support, 3YR
LIC-MG21-ENT-5Y Meraki MG21 Enterprise License and Support, 5YR
LIC-MG21-ENT-7Y Meraki MG21 Enterprise License and Support, 7YR
LIC-MG21-ENT-10Y Meraki MG21 Enterprise License and Support, 10YR

Accessories

Accessory SKU Description
MA-PWR-30W Standard power adapter
MA-INJ-4 Gigabit 802.3at PoE injector
MA-ANT-C1-A Dipole Antenna pair included with MG21E
MA-ANT-C1-B Patch Antenna for the MG21E

Note: Non-Meraki antennas are not supported. The socket is a reversed RP-SMA that is designed to detect the official MG smart dipole antennas and smart patch antenna. Usage of non-Meraki accessories may damage the MG and degrade performance. The Cisco Meraki antennas are designed for the maximum allowable gain without exceeding the EIRP for local regulatory domains on their supported bands.

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