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Adding and Removing Devices from Dashboard Networks

Before Cisco Meraki devices can be monitored and configured, they must first be added to a network in Dashboard. This article will cover how to add devices to networks in Dashboard, as well as how to remove them later if needed.


For information on claiming and unclaiming Cisco Meraki devices, reference the article on Using Organization Inventory.

Adding Devices to Networks

While there are multiple ways devices can be added to a network, this section will outline the simplest process that applies to all devices and network types. Before beginning, create a network if one doesn't already exist.

Note: Only one MX or Z1 can be in a network, unless two MXes are used in a HA pair. Adding more than one device type to a network will automatically convert that network to a combined network.

  1. Select the network devices should be added to.
    Note: Only administrators with multiple organizations will see the organization dropdown.

  2. Navigate to Network-wide > Configure > Add devices.
  3. (Optional) Use the search box above the device list to find devices by model, serial number, etc.
  4. Check the boxes next to any devices that should be added. 
    If the desired devices are not listed, they may need to be claimed first.

  5. Click Add <device_type>. In this case, Add switches.

  6. The device(s) will then be added to the network and become available for monitoring and configuration.

Removing Devices from Networks

Sometimes devices need to be removed from networks in Dashboard. This can be as part of a replacement, moving to a different organization, or various other reasons. The exact process for this differs by device type.

For MR Series, MS Series, MC series, MV series, or legacy products

  1. Select the network containing the device(s).

  2. Navigate to the device list page.
    • Wireless > Monitor > Access points for wireless networks.
    • Switch > Monitor > Switches for switch networks.
    • Phones > Monitor > Phones for phone networks.
    • Cameras > Monitor > Cameras for camera networks.
  3. Click the checkboxes next to any devices that should be removed.

  4. Click Move, then Remove from Network.

  5. The device(s) will disappear from list.

For MX Series or Z1 products

  1. Select the network containing the device.

  2. Navigate to the Security appliance > Monitor > Appliance status page.
  3. Click Edit configuration.

  4. Click Remove from this network.

  5. The device will be removed from the network.

For MXes in a Warm Spare Configuration

  1. Select the network containing the device:
  2. Navigate to the Security appliance > Configure > Addressing and VLANs page.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page, to the Warm Spare section.
  4. Set Warm Spare to Disabled:
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