What is an Easter egg?

For years, companies have been embedding secret videos, cryptic messages, and in some cases, sprawling, multi-century riddles into their products. When you were a kid, you probably came across these “Easter eggs” in the form of hidden treasures and funny references that you stumbled on while playing video games. 

We thought we’d let you in on some of the hidden absurdity buried into the Meraki dashboard. The following are some of our customers’ favorite Easter eggs.

Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.

Sorry if you don’t get the reference

One of the first areas you’ll find an Easter egg on the Meraki dashboard is when you create a new network. The default network name is “Scranton Branch Office,” an homage to the infinitely rewatchable American sitcom, The Office.

Spin cycle

If you’re feeling a little loopy, you can always initiate a dashboard barrel roll. In the bottom-right corner of the dashboard, you’ll find a button that says, “Give Your Feedback.” Enter “do a barrel roll” and click submit and watch the dashboard spin like a top. This is actually a reference to one of Google’s first Easter eggs.

On a serious note, this is also a place where you can provide the Meraki engineering team with constructive, relevant feedback on how to improve the dashboard experience (the Easter egg commands will not be forwarded to Meraki). Having said that, all feedback is greatly appreciated.

The mother of all cheat codes

If you grew up playing video games in the ‘80s and ‘90s, you probably encountered the ubiquitous Konami code at one point or another. By inputting the simple ten-button sequence, you could unlock cheat codes and game secrets in dozens of games. 

While we don’t force you to enter the actual Konami code, you can type “konami code” into the “Give Your Feedback” form to unlock a Meraki-themed platformer starring our since-retired mascot Miles Meraki. 

We’ve yet to beat the second level—it may just be unbeatable by design. Feel free to prove us wrong.

What’s your favorite?

What’s your favorite Easter egg? We’re fans of:

Let us know on social (Twitter: @Meraki), and as always, if you want to get started with Meraki, you can initiate a free demo or a free trial of Meraki hardware.