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Placing Devices on the Map in Dashboard

This article describes the benefits of placing Cisco Meraki devices on a map in Dashboard. It also describes how to place a device on the map in Dashboard and how to modify the a device's location on the map in Dashboard.

Benefits

MX Security Appliances and MR Access Points can be placed on a Google map. MS Switches can be assigned a physical street address or GPS coordinates. Additionally, the MR Access Points can be placed on a custom map or floor plan.

Placing devices on the map provides high-level information on the health of all networks in an organization via the Organization > Overview page (see example below). The maps will group the networks by geographic location and visually indicate networks that are healthy or have devices that are offline. The administrator can then further investigate locations across the globe that may be experiencing network outages or issues.

 

Additionally, placing devices on a map or floor plan helps administrators monitor their networks and, in the case of APs, helps the units approximate the location of client devices on the network.


 

Air Marshal information also more accurately depict the location of rogue APs on the LAN.


 

How to Place Devices on the Map in Dashboard

MR Access Points

Enter a Physical Street Address 

  1. Navigate to the Wireless > Monitor > Access points page
  2. Click the Name of the Access Point to modify (if the AP has not yet been renamed, this will be the MAC address)
  3. Next to the Configuration heading, click Edit configuration
  4. In the Address field that appears, enter the street address or GPS coordinates where the AP is located (any form of address recognized by Google Maps is acceptable in this field)
  5. Click Save

 

Note: After one AP has been assigned a street address in the first method, the remaining AP locations can be further refined using the second method below.

Drag and Drop the AP Icon Manually

  1. Navigate to the Wireless > Monitor > Maps & floor plans page
  2. Click the Place APs on map button
  3. On the left side of the page, click and drag the AP icon to its correct physical location on the map or floor plan
  4. Click OK in the popup that appears at the top of the page to confirm the move (click Undo to revert)
  5. Repeat these steps for all APs in the network

Note: To remove an AP from a custom map, you can also bring up the placement pane, and then click the X next to the AP.

Geolocate APs

Dashboard can use location data to dynamically place any remaining APs on the map based on their estimated location:

  1. Navigate to Wireless > Monitor > Maps & floor plans.
  2. Click Geolocate unplaced APs:

MS Switches

Enter a Physical Street Address

  1. Navigate to the Monitor > Switches page
  2. Click the Name of the Switch to modify (if the switch has not yet been renamed, this will be the MAC address)
  3. Next to the Configuration heading, click Edit configuration
  4. In the Address field that appears, enter the street address or GPS coordinates where the switch is located (any form of address recognized by Google Maps is acceptable in this field)
  5. Click Save

MX Security Appliances

Enter a Physical Street Address

  1. Navigate to the Security appliance > Monitor > Appliance status page
  2. Next to the Configuration heading, click Edit configuration
  3. In the Address field that appears, enter the street address or GPS coordinates where the appliance is located (any form of address recognized by Google Maps is acceptable in this field)
  4. Click Save

 

Note: After the MX Security Appliance has been assigned a street address in the first method, the location can be further refined using the second method below.

Drag and Drop the MX Icon Manually

  1. Navigate to the Security appliance > Monitor > Appliance status page
  2. Drag the icon in the map to the right to a more specific location
  3. Click OK in the popup that appears at the top of the map to confirm the move (click Undo to revert)

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