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Meraki Doubles Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ Family

Organizations are preparing for a digital future faster than ever before. More than half a million customers, including a majority of the Fortune 100, have now modernized their networks with Cisco Meraki. Cloud-management has created a fundamental shift away from on-site controllers, time-consuming troubleshooting, and complex security to a model that can be operated 100% remotely. To help organizations on this journey, we are doubling the size of our Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ family by releasing three new Wi-Fi 6 access points, adding enhanced troubleshooting capabilities, and additional security features. 

The new Meraki Wi-Fi 6 Family

New Wi-Fi 6 access points

Organizations are experiencing increases in the use of bandwidth-hungry mobile video conferencing, Wi-Fi calling, and mobile device use. Wi-Fi 6 helps to deliver these mobile experiences seamlessly, and now Meraki can deliver Wi-Fi 6 both indoors and outdoors.

We are happy to announce three new Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ ruggedized and external antenna access points to deliver the newest Wi-Fi 6 standard to outdoor areas, and focused coverage areas. The MR46E, MR76, and MR86 join the MR36, MR46, and MR56 to offer screaming fast, high-performance Wi-Fi 6 everywhere.

MR46E, MR76, and MR86 Highlights

All three models are Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™, supporting high-density features such as MU-MIMO, OFDMA, and power saving features such as target wake time (TWT). They all feature a quad-radio architecture with 2.4 GHz, 5GHz, security scanning, and IoT radios.

  • MR86 is an IP67 rated, rugged 4×4:4 Multigigabit access point, with a 3.5 Gbps max data rate for high-density outdoor environments 
  • MR76 is an IP67 rated, rugged outdoor 2×2:2 access point with 1.7 Gbps max data rate
  • The MR46E is a 4×4:4 Multigigabit access point, 3.5 Gbps max data rate, with automatically-detectable external antennas. MR46E can re-use the same external antennas as MR53E.

The new outdoor access points enable organizations to extend Wi-Fi beyond current dense indoor areas. Retail shops or schools may be wanting to offer more Wi-Fi outdoors to accommodate social distancing. MR46E is able to offer focused wireless coverage, using directional antennas, for warehouses or manufacturing plants with high ceilings, or hospitals and schools with long hallways.

Simplifying wireless troubleshooting

As discussed in a recent blog post, Meraki dramatically simplifies the ability to troubleshoot a network from end-to-end. We are now excited to release deeper insights and analytics into wireless performance metrics. With historical color-coded performance metrics for signal quality and wireless latency, identifying and correlating problems has never been easier.

Want to know how your CEO’s Wi-Fi was performing today, yesterday, or even weeks ago? Want to know the impact a configuration change had on wireless latency or signal quality at one of your remote locations? It’s now all at your fingertips with expanded Meraki Health statistics.

Client Health Signal Quality

Simplifying security

By delivering Cisco security technologies from the cloud, Meraki helps organizations get back to what they do best. The newest wireless firmware release includes security capabilities to help secure their networks.

  • Adaptive Policy is now available on Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 6 access points, to help simplify policy administration using SGTs (Secure Group Tags). Profiling users, devices, services, and setting time of access has never been easier.
  • Identity PSK is now available without the need for a RADIUS server. IoT devices can be authenticated using the Meraki cloud.
  • WPA3 is now available across Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 6 access points, which enables higher levels of encryption and more robust password-based authentication. This will be a welcome upgrade for organizations with sensitive data such as financial services and healthcare organizations.

New firmware upgrade option

To help simplify firmware upgrades, Meraki has released a new upgrade strategy to minimize client downtime. The network never has to go offline during a firmware upgrade, minimizing impact on end-users and devices are minimized during the upgrade. This new upgrade strategy option helps minimize disruption to mission critical wireless networks such as manufacturing, healthcare, warehouses, and airports. 

Learn more

To learn more about these new capabilities and Wi-Fi 6 access points, join our upcoming Introduction to Cloud-Managed Wireless webinar or join our upcoming remote sessions at Cisco Live.

Additional resources: 

Meraki access point firmware upgrade strategy

Identity PSK without RADIUS

Meraki WPA3 Encryption and Configuration Guide

The Next Generation Meraki Mobile Experience

One of the fundamental tenets of a cloud offering is the ability to access the cloud from anywhere, at any time. When you put network management in the cloud, like Meraki has, the benefits of “anywhere, anytime” become even more apparent. From deploying new gear, to troubleshooting an offline MX Security Appliance, to applying group policies –  being able to solve problems on the network anywhere, anytime has helped our customers respond quicker, and be more effective at their jobs. Enabling remote admins has been especially critical as we navigate through these difficult times! 

But there’s been a catch: while you can manage Meraki from anywhere, your choices have been to use your laptop/desktop, or to access the dashboard from a mobile browser (or a previous version of our initial, more limited Meraki app). Most prefer to dive into the dashboard from a fullscreen, high resolution, computer or laptop experience. However, we’ve pulled the data and we see about 200,000 page views coming from mobile devices per week. This tells us that at some point, you’re likely to pull out your phone to try to fix or check something on the network. We believe you deserve a best in class mobile experience for that!

We have focused on building out new features that simplify work streams and tasks for the majority of our customers. We are happy to announce that we have an updated beta experience for customers and partners to start using today for iOS and Android!

We are really excited for folks to try these new features and experience, including:

  • A complete UX / navigation redesign
  • Biometric authentication (Face ID, Touch ID)
  • Easily update switch port configurations

Call for Feedback

We’re looking for feedback on the updated experience and ideas for future features. If you have a specific use case you are hoping to be able to handle from your mobile device, or a feature that’s missing that would unlock a new workflow for you, let us know! 

Please submit a wish from directly in the app via Settings >  Make a wish. We really do read each and every one!

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FCC Approval for 6GHz Wi-Fi

Whether you’re working from home, or the office, the use of Wi-Fi continues to expand. Internet traffic is rising, with 50% increases seen in global regions, cities, as well as 228% growth of VoIP and video use, with much of that traffic going over Wi-Fi. Our connected world and economy is clearly relying heavily on Wi-Fi technology. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Wi-Fi was already becoming bogged-down with the increase of mobile devices, IoT, new applications like 4K video and VR/AR. Wi-Fi 6 was released to help satisfy the needs of the hungry Wi-Fi ecosystem, but the growth of wireless always continues to outpace whatever is capacity gains are invented.

Source: Cisco Annual Internet Report, 2018–2023

Thank you to the FCC

Today, on April 23rd, the FCC Commission voted to approve 1,200MHz of additional spectrum to Wi-Fi. The information superhighway is getting supercharged with a whole host of additional high-speed lanes. As Ajit Pai, Chairman of the FCC, mentions

“[The 6GHz band] would effectively increase the amount of spectrum available for Wi-Fi almost by a factor of five”

With these new approvals, Cisco Meraki is excited to help build the internet of the future. In fact, when I was interviewing for the role that I currently hold, our SVP & GM Todd Nightingale asked me what got me excited about Wi-Fi. I told him: ‘6 Ghz’. This was back in Nov 2018 and Ajit Pai had just announced his commitment to 6GHz. Fast forward and here we are, it is real!

Wi-Fi 6’s growth into the 6 GHz spectrum is a game-changer for two reasons – the availability of the additional channels and the ability to finally use 160Mhz for high bandwidth applications like AR and VR. 6GHz provides enormous opportunities to build new applications and experiences for both consumers and businesses. 

In addition to new applications, newly available channels will translate to less RF issues and simplicity of maintenance. At Meraki, we look forward to supporting networks as they see significant increases in IoT, wearables, industrial sensors, 4K/8K video, critical telehealth, and remote learning in the coming years.

Learn more 

For more information about our Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ access points, read more here.

Helping Healthcare Connect In Challenging Times

To say that times are challenging hardly captures the severity of circumstances many are facing today. First and foremost, we want to express our deepest gratitude to healthcare providers, essential workers, and the IT staff who are laboring tirelessly to ensure that hospitals, businesses, and educators continue to operate and connect in ways that keep our modern life moored.

If you manage (or partner with) IT at a healthcare facility, you’re probably facing acute challenges: you are being asked to rapidly deploy tens or hundreds of COVID-19 testing sites, triage centers, and field hospitals in unconventional locations that may not even be equipped for Wi-Fi. Many are overseeing an unprecedented, wide scale telemedicine rollout so that doctors and nurses can deliver care from their homes. There may also be uncharted ways in which you are trying to use technology to reduce staff exposure to infection, as well as preserve personal protective equipment (PPE) for front-line staff. 

 

Cisco Meraki wants to help. Here’s how we can:

 

90-Day Free Trials for all Healthcare Customers and Next-Day Delivery

In an effort to help our global community respond to this pandemic, we are offering 90-day free trials of up to 20 pieces of Meraki equipment to healthcare organizations. This is a global offer, and we hope that getting our gear where it’s needed most with minimal red tape will provide some relief and significant time savings.

For healthcare organizations in the United States, we can also provide next-day delivery for in-stock gear. This rapid fulfillment can mean the difference between successfully managing an emergency expansion of medical services and missing a critical time window to prevent bottlenecks and delays.

 

Rapid deployment of testing sites, field hospitals, and triage centers.

If you are trying to get one, ten, hundreds, or even thousands of remote sites securely online in minutes, our MX Security & SD-WAN Appliances can help. Using a feature called configuration templates, the time it takes to configure one MX appliance is nearly the same as the time needed to configure one thousand. This means you can deploy and configure network and security settings for thousands of remote sites with minimal effort or time spent.

 

Deploying thousands of MX Appliances is simple using configuration templates.

 

Our MX Appliances can also deliver:

 

  • Zero-touch provisioning out of the box, meaning the gear can be remotely pre-configured through your dashboard before ever arriving onsite
  • Comprehensive, enterprise-grade security 
  • Failover links (including cellular LTE), to maximize uptime in locations experiencing spotty wired connectivity
  • Secure VPN to extend resources from permanent to temporary locations in only 3 clicks
  • Integrated Wi-Fi, which allows remote staff to connect to the same wireless network using the same authentication they’re accustomed to at permanent  locations

 

All of this means you can have a single-box solution for Wi-Fi, security, and secure tunneling back to campus hospitals or main offices. Meraki gear can be brought online in minutes, with minimal staff who do not need any formal training — they only need access to power and Ethernet.

If you need to support more than 50 wireless clients, our auto-meshing MR Access Points (APs) can work with our MX Appliances. And to ensure availability in the absence of a wired uplink, our MG Cellular Gateways seamlessly transpose a wireless cellular signal to wired Ethernet for primary or failover connectivity. This means you can maintain a connection to the internet anywhere there is a cellular signal, so long as your Meraki equipment can connect to power. 

 

Wide scale delivery of telemedicine

Allowing doctors and nurses to securely conduct virtual appointments — possibly from their homes — is another key challenge that IT teams are being asked to solve. Once again, Meraki MX Appliances can be drafted for duty here, as well as their more compact cousins: the Z3 and Z3C teleworker appliances. The Z3 and Z3C are designed for home office use, and are also configurable at scale in only a few steps using our configuration template feature.

Our Z3 and Z3Cs are also notable because:

 

  • Zero onsite IT support is required to bring these devices online — someone simply needs to plug them in and they’ll automatically come online
  • The same easy, intuitive VPN found in our MX Appliances can be leveraged to establish secure remote connectivity to patient health records and other hospital resources 
  • With integrated wireless, these devices enable telemedics to connect to their organization’s Wi-Fi networks using the same authentication they are accustomed to in their hospital or clinic settings
  • They allow plug-in accessories, such as VoIP telephones often used in hospitals, to extend home office functionality
  • Proactive monitoring and prioritization of critical applications, like videoconferencing, can easily be configured to help ensure quality of service

 

Meraki wireless APs can also double as VPN endpoints by leveraging their built-in teleworker VPN functionality, offering additional flexibility with deployment options. 

 

Remote Visual Patient Monitoring with MV Smart Cameras

Technology is being deployed in new, sometimes uncharted ways to support efforts to reduce staff exposure to infection and to preserve protective equipment like masks. Meraki MV Smart Cameras offer a scalable, remote visual patient monitoring solutionthat enables clinicians to continuously monitor up to 16 patients at a time on one video wall. This helps scale resources, and protects staff, without sacrificing patient care. Reducing the number of in-person, patient room entries by nurses also preserves critical PPE. Secure and simple to deploy, Meraki Smart Cameras can be installed in minutes with no additional infrastructure needed beyond the camera. A wireless deployment option eliminates the need to run Ethernet cabling, and two-way communication can be added when coupled with a Cisco collaboration solution, like an IP phone.

Meraki MV Smart Camera video walls are highly customizable and allow continuous monitoring.

 

How to reach us

These are only a few examples of how Meraki can assist with today’s challenging healthcare scenarios. We want to help you enable your organization to focus on delivering the highest level of care and treatment possible to those in need. Please check out our 45-minute Healthcare webinar to learn more about our special offers for healthcare customers and how we can provide support for these challenging scenarios. Or contact us if you have immediate deployment needs—we’re here to help.

 

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MV, Now with RTSP!

Yes, you read that correctly. MV smart cameras now support RTSP. RTSP (Real Time Streaming Protocol) is a protocol that allows a third party system to access the video stream directly from the camera. Now, you may be thinking, “But why? MV smart cameras already have so many great features that make it easy for me to do what I need to do!” If you are, thank you! We think you’re right. 

 

A Focus on Solving Business Problems

 

Almost three years ago, we published a blog post called “APIs for Meraki MV Cameras” in response to the many requests for camera APIs. An overwhelming number were driven not by a desire for APIs, but by the need to solve a business problem. These needs fell into a few categories: 

  • Off camera storage for longer retention or offsite backup
  • Integration to provide context into business systems, or other physical security solutions
  • Analytics

In the months following, we released new functionality that addresses many of these needs without sacrificing simplicity, or ease of use. To meet the need for longer retention or offsite backup, we introduced Cloud Archive with simple, one-click provisioning. The Snapshot and Video Link APIs let customers easily integrate into access control systems like Kisi, shown below, or point of sale platforms to provide visual context to events.

The Snapshot API helps integrate MV Smart Cameras with Kisi Access Control.

The third category, analytics, is one of the most exciting areas of video. Analytics provide insight into processes and help organizations better understand what is happening within their space. MV cameras have always analyzed motion, and this was the basis of our first analytics, motion heatmaps. The second generation of cameras introduced machine learning based computer vision for object detection, specifically for detection of people and vehicles.

This was followed by the launch of the MV Sense API, which provides access to all this detection data in real time. When these various MV APIs are combined, it enables custom or advanced analytics capabilities that range from other types of object detection, to text recognition, and sentiment analysis (emotions or demographics). 

Person Detection on MV Smart Cameras

 

The Best of Both Worlds

 

By building solutions to solve customer problems, and keeping video within the Meraki ecosystem, we are helping to ensure they are not held back by their video data. It means that users do not have to watch countless hours of footage to investigate an incident, or need to be data scientists to gain insight from video analytics. While we have come a long way since launch, there are a few unique use cases that call for solutions outside of the Meraki ecosystem. 

An example of this are customers with large-scale deployments of legacy cameras. Previously, these customers would have no choice but to operate two viewing systems (a legacy VMS and the Meraki dashboard) in tandem as they worked to replace their old cameras with Meraki cameras. Now, RTSP lets them view video from Meraki MV cameras in their old VMS platform until all legacy cameras are replaced, and they can switch over to viewing everything in the Meraki dashboard. Another example is a public viewing monitor, or PVM, placed at a store entrance. With a PVM, there is no need to interact with the video in any manner other than static, live viewing, and RTSP fills this need.

Enabling RTSP on a Meraki MV Smart Camera

Finally, RTSP will enable access to the video stream for particularly niche analytics that simply cannot be met using the MV Sense and Snapshot APIs. This could be an organization with an existing analytics solution that relies on a traditional camera architecture.

By enabling access to RTSP, MV smart cameras are now available to customers who previously had no path forward with MV. These customers can benefit from the core value of MV smart cameras – simple architecture and cloud management through the Meraki dashboard – and use RTSP when needed to meet their other needs.

 

What Do You Think About RTSP?

 

RTSP is available now, for all second generation MV smart cameras (models ending in 2). For more information on how it works, check out the documentation. Or, head on over to the Meraki Community to join the discussion. We’d love to hear your thoughts on RTSP, and if it may be beneficial to your use case. Let us know what you think!

Meraki Access Points are now Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™

As we enter the middle of 2020, the year is shaping up to be an interesting one for Wi-Fi. With the explosion in remote work, we have seen increases in both video collaboration and Wi-Fi calling. On April 1st, AT&T saw an increase of 105% above average Wi-Fi calling. WPA3, the next generation of Wi-Fi security, is rolling out to deliver better encryption for sensitive data. Wi-Fi 6 continues to proliferate as new Wi-Fi 6 clients, such as the 2020 iPad Pro, enter the market.

To take full advantage of the new Wi-Fi trends and new clients in 2020, a Wi-Fi 6 network infrastructure needs to be in place. Deploying Wi-Fi 6 access points will ensure 802.11ax clients experience high-quality and low-latency performance.


Official Wi-Fi 6 certification

The MR36, MR46, and MR56 have now received official certification status for Wi-Fi 6 from the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Whether you are on a call or video conference, Wi-Fi 6 can help enable high levels of efficiency and low latency. OFDMA and MU-MIMO in both the uplink and downlink direction help support a multitude of devices with up to 75% lower latency. While working from home over a secure Meraki Wi-Fi 6 access point, you can experience seamless video conferencing or VoIP calls, while your family watches Netflix in the next room. Hospitals and financial services organizations can offer critical connectivity while supporting the highest security standards, with WPA3.

Learn more

To hear more about recent Meraki Wi-Fi updates, listen in to episode 22 of Meraki Unboxed, which discusses:

  • Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 6™ 
  • Remote work & organizational agility
  • Meraki health beyond wireless
  • Wi-Fi 6 clients
  • Roadmap sneak peeks

Cisco Meraki continues to deliver market-leading Wi-Fi to the Cisco portfolio. Cisco has been named a leader in the September 2019 Magic Quadrant for Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure. To learn more about the newest Meraki Wi-Fi 6 access points, please visit our What’s New page.

 

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Powering the remote workforce

In a recent webinar, we discussed the challenging and unique times we live in as workforces around the world move to temporary remote work. While many of us are separated, we are also interconnected via the internet like never before. At Cisco Meraki, we want to help organizations continue doing what they are best at, with minimal discontinuity. Across Cisco, teams are collaborating to help communities work from home and maintain productivity through uncertain times. Working together, this is our global, collective opportunity to unlock human ingenuity and contribute to solving this crisis.

Today’s mission

Around the world, IT managers are undertaking the task of ensuring that hundreds and thousands of users experience a seamless transition to remote work. Critical work is being done at hospitals and on manufacturing floors, demanding the need for employees to stay connected. A sudden disruption of internet access can have a significant impact on an organization, as every second matters, and IT needs to just work. IT leaders want to make sure employees at home have the same simple, secure and reliable network access they get at work. This will enable them to stay connected with each other through collaboration applications such as Webex, and have access to office applications such as Office365, without a glitch. 

With the current state of things, employees have enough to worry about and be distracted by. The last thing a remote worker wants to worry about is the performance of their network connection, or how to configure their VPN. Providing internet access as a remote IT manager is highly challenging as the demand for support has increased with entire workforces working remotely. New ways of working mean that corporate networks are operating in a new way, resulting in new types of trouble tickets. Not to mention the headaches caused by managing the security of hundreds or thousands of remote employee connections.

Built for immediate connectivity

Our mission at Cisco Meraki has become more important than ever as we help IT managers navigate the difficult terrain of a remote work environment. Since our founding, we have supported fast-moving organizations looking to modernize their networks quickly. For those who need help to urgently modify their networks for remote work, Meraki offers an easy and secure option. Meraki devices can be pulled out of the box, plugged in virtually anywhere in the world, and instantly deliver a seamless “in-office” experience at home. With simple Meraki cloud-management, IT managers are able to maintain visibility of employee networks, and continue to monitor potential interference to workforce productivity while at home.

Here are just a few of the tools available to the administrator looking after remote workers:

  • Create a site-to-site VPN in a few clicks over a WAN link
  • Seamlessly and securely provide remote network access via Wi-Fi over an encrypted tunnel
  • Maintain service continuity with cellular backup
  • Keep end-user devices secure when off-network
  • Perform remote troubleshooting of employee connectivity and applications

The Meraki dashboard has also been updated to allow IT admins to quickly identify VPN clients within the organization.

How Cisco Meraki can help

At Cisco, we have been addressing the hurdles of remote work for years, and we want to do anything we can to help others during this unpredictable time. One of the most important things we can do right now is to empower IT managers to keep their organizations working seamlessly. Cisco has multiple offers available to help those in difficult times, such as free Webex, Cisco Security, and more. Meraki support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help prepare your organization for remote work. If you are looking to learn more about how Meraki can help mobilize your workforce, watch our on-demand webinar.

 

Additional resources: 

Meraki and Cisco Collaboration Teleworker Solution for Businesses

Captive Portals for Captive Audiences

If you’re like us, you’re stuck at home and looking for ways to mix up your remote work routine. Now that you’re no longer commuting, are you giving your podcasts less love/listens? There are so many great discussions to catch up on – including this week’s newest episode! (Find us and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify, or stream through the episode linked below.)

Tuning in this week is sure to help in the following ways:

  • Simulate the ambient workplace banter you’re missing these days
  • Give your eyes a chance to recover from all the screen time
  • Give you some insight into how others are using Meraki APIs to add value and new experiences to the Meraki platform! 

In this week’s Meraki Unboxed Podcast, Episode 12 we’re talking with yet another technology partner that has built a turnkey solution on top of the Meraki API services: Splash Access. Splash Access has been building Cisco Meraki captive portals for almost 7 years – taking advantage of our longest standing API service for captive portal development.

We’ve all interacted with a captive portal in some form or another (guest Wi-Fi at the airport, hotels, coffee shops, or our corporate networks) and we might feel like we’ve heard it all already: how to use captive portals to monetize Wi-Fi, drive customer engagement programs, use splash pages for advertising or even integrating social media initiatives, etc. etc. Splash Access has a new story to tell on this episode: solving the problem of seamlessly and securely getting IoT devices onto the network, with the right policies and rules applied. 

So, how did a captive portal builder solve onboarding for devices that cannot access a captive portal? Tune in to learn how Splash Access used Cisco Meraki APIs to solve this problem from higher education to shared working spaces, retail, tenant blocks, and within large corporations.

As always, we are thrilled to showcase innovative solutions like this from our technology partners – enabled through the Meraki APIs. There is so much potential to unlock by integrating and building off of Meraki technologies – we’re excited to see what Splash Access and others come up with next! Listen in for a teaser ;)

“We try and take advantage of all the APIs that we are given. This is the exciting thing with working with Meraki – every month there’s new APIs coming onboard, and we look at it as an opportunity every time an API comes out – how can we add this value to what we’re doing and put it into our platform?” – Tim Ormrod, Splash Access

 

Learn more about the Splash Access solution on the Meraki Marketplace!

 

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Healthy relationships are built on visibility

Wi-Fi 6 is designed to support a modern world of hyper-connectivity. While exciting, this digital world will also see more challenges such as high client density, IoT everywhere, and more high-bandwidth requirements. This leads to increasing demands on the network, and organizations relying on connectivity more than ever before. One of the most important challenges a network faces is maintaining the relationship between the clients and the wireless network. 

Many will agree that a great relationship is built on a strong foundation. For the wireless network, this foundation might be careful capacity planning and a proper site survey. But, even with a strong foundation, relationships between wireless clients and the network can hit rough patches. Without knowing the root-cause of the problem, it can be hard to improve that relationship. 

Many wireless network engineers today spend at least a day every week troubleshooting Wi-Fi. This can be due to lack of visibility, increased network complexity, and human error. Time spent troubleshooting is a missed opportunity, as those countless hours could have been spent transitioning IT to meet modern organizational needs.

Visibility beyond wireless

This week, we are adding new capabilities and visibility to the Meraki dashboard to help simplify troubleshooting. Users can now pinpoint issues more quickly, and ensure excellent connectivity for clients. These updates are designed to not only provide insights about the health of Wi-Fi clients, but also to provide end-to-end visibility. Enhanced visibility will now allow for immediate identification of whether wireless is problematic, or if, for example, an upstream device is misconfigured.

Cisco research reveals that 63% of users blame the wireless network for problems, while the issue could be elsewhere. Now, network admins can gain insight and focus precious time on the actual root cause.

Once problematic clients or access points are identified, new snapshots are available to help quickly remedy the root cause. Users can now view wireless health metrics as they navigate through their dashboard. From an individual client’s page, a user can immediately assess the health of that specific client.

Below is an example of how to troubleshoot a troublesome wireless client with Meraki:

The end-to-end visibility snapshot, health snapshots for individual access points and clients, as well as updated event logs are all available today for Meraki Wireless users. These new metrics and capabilities, along with the centralized Wireless Health engine make the process of optimizing connectivity simple. 

To learn more about these new capabilities join an upcoming wireless webinar.

Chuck will be there! [EVENT POSTPONED]

We are so excited about DevNet Create 2020! This event gives us a chance to meet developers and technology partners and explore real solutions teams (and individuals!) are building from API services and leveraging in their organizations. We are also looking forward to congratulating the first round of developers that passed the newly released DevNet exams and upleveled their careers with these new certifications. 

This year our biggest developer advocate, CEO and Chairman Chuck Robbins will be in attendance for a fireside chat with Susie Wee, SVP and GM of Cisco DevNet. There is also a fantastic line up of presentations, panel discussions, and workshops, including our “must-see” list below:

 

Starbucks: Radical Automation

We are really looking forward to this presentation! Listen in as Dexter Park, Lead Application Developer at Starbucks explains how his team leverages APIs to automate the process of full-stack network provisioning – reducing the deployment process from hours of manual touch and troubleshooting to 3 minutes per site. This approach and end solution has provided the business with a solution to manage infrastructure across 10,000 locations – it has been an incredible process to witness.

 

Cisco Meraki: Designing the Cisco Meraki Python SDK with OpenAPI Specification

Releasing the latest Python SDK (Software Development Kit) has been an engaging and rewarding experience for our team at Meraki. Join us in this session as our own, Shiyue Cheng, covers the lessons learned in creating this incredibly popular API SDK for our developer ecosystem. 

 

Cisco Meraki: Applying Machine Learning Techniques to Detect Objects with a Meraki MV Camera

Join Merakian Rafael Carvalho as he demonstrates how Machine Learning (ML) techniques can be applied to detect objects in images for anomaly detection in manufacturing, customer engagement in retail, object counting in a public facility, and other use cases. Attendees in this hands-on workshop will use a Meraki camera to perform live object detection on what they are seeing right in front of them.

 

Whether you are a developer or thinking about ways to program your network to be more automated, data-driven, or integrated – this event offers a lot of thought leadership and industry expertise to help you explore what’s possible! We hope to see you there.

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