Cisco Meraki and Wi-Fi 6 ( IEEE 802.11ax ): Meraki MR55

Today I am going to talk about the Cisco Meraki newly launched access points which supports Wi-Fi 6 or IEEE 802.11ax standards. Cisco Meraki launched MR45 and MR55 with the 802.11ax standards. Here in this article we are going to talk about the Cisco Meraki MR55 model

Cisco Meraki MR55 Access Point
Cisco Meraki MR55 is a cloud-managed 8x8:8 802.11ax compatible access point that increases the wireless performance and effectiveness. Intended for next-generation implementations in offices, schools, hospitals, shops, and hotels, the MR55 delivers extraordinary throughput, enterprise-grade security, and simple management.

Cisco Meraki MR55 delivers an extreme of 5.9 Gbps cumulative frame rate with synchronized 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz radios. A committed third radio offers real-time WIDS/WIPS with automated RF optimization, and a fourth incorporated radio brings Bluetooth scanning and beaconing.

Cisco Meraki MR55 Access point

  • 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n/ax client access radio 
  • 5 GHz 802.11a/n/ac/ax client access radio 
  • 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz dual-band WIDS/WIPS, spectrum analysis, and location analytics radio 
  • 2.4 GHz Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radio with Beacon and BLE scanning support Concurrent operation of all four radios.

802.11ax Compatible, 802.11ac Wave 2 and 802.11n Capabilities
  • DL-OFDMA, TWT support8 x 8 multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) with eight spatial streams on 5GHz4 x 4 multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) with four spatial streams on 2.4 GHz 
  • Maximal ratio combining (MRC) and beam-formingUp to 1024-QAM on both 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz bands

  • Integrated Layer 7 firewall with mobile device policy management
  • Real-time WIDS/WIPS with alerting and automatic rogue AP containment with Air Marshal 
  • Flexible guest access with device isolationVLAN tagging (802.1Q) and tunneling with IPSec VPNPCI compliance reportingWEP, WPA, WPA2-PSK, WPA2-Enterprise with 802.1XEAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS, EAP-MSCHAPv2, EAP-SIMTKIP and AES encryptionEnterprise Mobility Management (EMM) & Mobile Device Management (MDM) integration 
  • Cisco ISE integration for guest access and BYOD posturing 

Quality of Service 
  • Advanced Power Save (U-APSD)WMM Access Categories with DSCP and 802.1p support 
  • Layer 7 application traffic identification and shaping

Mobility and Analytics
  • PMK, OKC, and 802.11r for fast Layer 2 roaming 
  • Distributed or centralized Layer 3 roaming 
  • Embedded location analytics reporting and device trackingGlobal L7 traffic analytics reporting per network, per device, and per application