Technologies: Layer 7 Visibility

  • Packet processing engine
  • Deep packet inspection
  • Cloud-based application signatures

Layer 7 visibility, previously available only through costly overlay appliances, is included in Cisco Meraki switches at no additional cost. Hundreds of applications are automatically identified and reported, from business apps to BitTorrent and YouTube.

Layer 7 Bandwidth Chart

Packet processing engine

A modular and flexible packet processing engine delivers consistent, high-performance application traffic analysis within product families and across product lines. Based on the same custom-built Layer 7 technology featured in Cisco Meraki wireless APs and Security Appliances, MS Switches use a variety of techniques to identify, classify, and report hundreds of applications.

Deep packet inspection

Going far beyond IP addresses, hostnames, and ports, Layer 7 deep packet inspection uses heuristics-based identification to classify traffic based on application, even identifying evasive, dynamic, and encapsulated apps. High performance hardware enables inspection and classification at line-rate within Cisco Meraki switches. Application utilization is displayed graphically, with additional detail available, making it simple to see what is happening on your network at a glance. Reporting ensures you can track trends in application use over time so you can plan your network’s evolution and ensure it supports the organization's needs.

Cloud-based application signatures

The Cisco Meraki cloud-based application signature database is constantly updated to identify new and changing applications, without requiring the administrator to download and install software updates. The Cisco Meraki cloud-based architecture continually learns based on activity from Cisco Meraki's thousands of customers and millions of users, increasing the accuracy and precision of application fingerprints.