Archive for May, 2014

How the Cisco Meraki MX makes your life easier

There are many things to love about the Cisco Meraki MX security appliance. It’s a Unified Threat Management box combining several security features (like intrusion prevention, VPN, firewalling, content filtering, and anti-phishing/anti-malware filtering) into a single chassis. For a quick overview of specific features that make life easier for retail, education, and existing Meraki wireless or switching customers, please check out our latest video:



If you like what you see, remember that all Meraki equipment is available for risk-free evaluation, so you can test any model of MX in your own environment and put it through its paces. Why not give us a try and see what all the excitement is about!


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Introducing Guest Posts

Last month one of our many thousands of Certified Meraki Networking Associates wrote an informative blog post which was published on The post talked about serving guest networks at branch sites and tunnelling all guest data to the company’s HQ for logging purposes in accordance with federal regulations. You’ll find it embedded below.

Nothing brings technology features to life better than real world experiences, and we loved the easily digestible story of how a genuine customer challenge was solved with Meraki equipment. This great blog post got us thinking. Perhaps we should extend an invitation to our many customers and partners to contribute their experiences in the form of guest blog posts, to be published on this site. We know our equipment is deployed in all kinds of environments, from schools, hospitals, shops and businesses to less typical settings, like cruise ships and concert venues, so we’re confident there are many stories to be told.

Beginning now and running through to the end of the summer, we’re planning to publish one guest post per month, right here on our blog site. What kind of thing might make a good post? Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

  • Replacing that old networking gear with Meraki
  • An interesting or unusual problem that a Meraki feature remedied
  • How a feature was used to streamline operations
  • How Meraki technology paid back or added value to a business
  • Odd locations where Meraki equipment has been deployed
  • How Meraki MDM addressed BYOD challenges

As with all blog posts, the goal is to inform and entertain the reader, so we’re looking for contributions which supplement our own posts with some real-world examples, complete with diagrams and photos to visually enhance the post.

As a small incentive, and just because we love an excuse to give them away, we’ll send a Meraki T-Shirt just like this one to the writer of every published post:


Interested? To get started just send us a brief description of your idea and contact details using this form.

Oh, and here’s the post that started this whole thing off….



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The keys to Apple’s DEP with Systems Manager

Use Systems Manager to take advantage of Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP) for the ability to enroll devices during initial setup, prevent users from removing MDM profiles, and more. Check out this brief how-to video that will guide you through the whole process, from assigning devices to your DEP account, and pushing out initial setup settings.

For more details on Systems Manager and how it works with Apple’s Device Enrollment Program check out this blog post.


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