An organization must have valid licensing for its Meraki devices to work properly. Each organization is licensed for a maximum number of each device type for a certain amount of time (typically from one to five years). For example, an organization may be licensed for 20 access points and 5 switches until January 15th, 2018.
You can manage a given organization's licenses on the License info page under the Organization tab. This page displays the following information:
Status: Shows if licensing is OK or if there is a Problem.
MX Advanced Security: If there is an MX in the organization, shows if Advanced Security is Enabled or Disabled.
Expiration date: Indicates the single expiration date of this organization's licensing.
Licensed device limit: Indicates the maximum number of each device type licensed in this organization.
Current device count: Indicates how many of each device type is currently in use in the organization. These should always be equal or less than the licensed device limit, for each device type.
License history: A historical list of licenses that have been applied to this organization.
When a new organization is created, that organization is granted a 30-day grace period. Before the grace period expires, you must enter a valid license key, whose format is a 12-character string (for example, Z2A7-32TE-A8Y4). Please note that this string is not case-sensitive.
You can add a license by clicking Add another license. You will then have two actions, or "operations", to choose from:
License more devices: increases the number of devices that can exist within this Cisco Meraki Dashboard organization.
Renew my Dashboard license: extends the licensing period of this Cisco Meraki Dashboard organization. You must renew the license for all devices in the organization. You cannot renew licensing for only certain devices within the organization.
If an organization's license is expired or the number of devices in the organization exceeds the licensed limit, the administrator has 30 days to return the organization to a valid licensed state. During this grace period, the system reminds the administrator to add additional licenses. After 30 days, administrators are not able to access the Dashboard (except to add additional licenses) and all Cisco Meraki equipment in the organization will cease to function.
The MC Phones only have one licensing type, a generic "MC Phone" license. This license can apply to any Meraki Phone, as long as there is at least one license for every phone in the organization. For example, a network containing ten MC74 phones will require at least ten MC Phone licenses.
Meraki Systems Manager is free to use for the first hundred managed devices, beyond that will require licensing for each managed client.
Please refer to our documentation for more information on Systems Manager Licensing.