Cisco Meraki MR Series Comparison Guide

Easy-to-manage Cloud Wifi Solution

MR SERIES

Cisco Meraki creates powerful cloud-managed wireless solutions without sacrificing simplicity. Features such as location analytics and wireless health bring additional assurance and intelligence to businesses of all sizes. Administrators can take advantage of powerful heuristics and rich analytics for smarter network troubleshooting and enhanced security while optimizing the end-user experience.

INDOOR

Usage
Radios
Interface
Power
Performance Features
MR20

Basic wireless, medium-density deployments
1 × 802.11b/g/n
1 × 802.11a/n/ac
1.3 Gbit/sec max rate
2×2:2 MU-MIMO with beamforming
1 × Gigabit Ethernet port
802.3af PoE DC power adapter
2×2:2 MU-MIMO
Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM)
Hardware-accelerated encryption
Band steering
MR30H

In-room hotel or dormitory deployments that must service IP-enabled devices
1 × 802.11b/g/n
1 × 802.11a/n/ac
1 × WIDS/WIPS
1 × Bluetooth
1.3 Gbit/sec max rate
2×2:2 MU-MIMO with beamforming
1 × Gigabit Ethernet input
1 × Gigabit Ethernet LAN port with 802.3af PoE
3 × Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
802.3af PoE
2×2:2 MU-MIMO
Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM)
Hardware-accelerated encryption
Band steering
MR33

Basic 802.11ac Wave 2 for futureproof deployments
1 × 802.11b/g/n
1 × 802.11a/n/ac
1 × WIDS/WIPS
1 × Bluetooth
1.3 Gbit/sec max rate
2×2:2 MU-MIMO with beamforming
1 × Gigabit Ethernet port
802.3af PoE
DC power adapter
2×2:2 MU-MIMO
Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM)
Hardware-accelerated encryption
Band steering
MR36

High-performance Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) to futureproof deployments, with UL/DL MU-MIMO and OFMDA
1 × 2.4 Ghz 802.11b/g/n/ax
1 × 5 GHz 802.11a/n/ac/ax
1 × WIDS/WIPS
1 × Bluetooth
1.7 Gbit/sec max rate
2×2:2 MU-MIMO with beamforming
1 × Gigabit Ethernet port
802.3af PoE
DC power adapter
2×2:2 MU-MIMO and OFDMA
160MHz Channels**
Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM)
Hardware-accelerated encryption
Band steering
MR42

General purpose 802.11ac Wave 2 for campus and enterprise
1 × 802.11b/g/n
1 × 802.11a/n/ac
1 × WIDS/WIPS
1 × Bluetooth
1.9 Gbit/sec max rate
3×3:3 MU-MIMO with beamforming
1 × Gigabit Ethernet port
802.3at/802.3af PoE
DC power adapter
3×3:3 MU-MIMO
Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM)
Hardware-accelerated encryption
Band steering
MR42E

General purpose wireless, challenging RF, or focused coverage scenarios
1 × 802.11b/g/n
1 × 802.11a/n/ac
1 × WIDS/WIPS
1 × Bluetooth
1.9 Gbit/sec max rate
3×3:3 MU-MIMO with beamforming
1 × Gigabit Ethernet port
802.3at PoE
DC power adapter
3×3:3 MU-MIMO
Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM)
Hardware-accelerated encryption
Band steering
Removable antennas
Usage
Radios
Interface
Power
Performance Features
MR46

High-performance, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with Multigigabit Ethernet for high density campus and enterprise, with UL/DL MU-MIMO and OFMDA
1 × 2.4 Ghz 802.11b/g/n/ax
1 × 5 GHz 802.11a/n/ac/ax
1 × WIDS/WIPS
1 × Bluetooth
3.5 Gbit/sec max rate
4×4:4 MU-MIMO with beamforming
1 × 2.5 Gbps Multigigabit Ethernet port
802.3at PoE
DC power adapter
4x4:4 UL/DL MU-MIMO and OFDMA
160 MHz Channels**
Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM)
Hardware-accelerated encryption
Band steering
MR46E

High-performance, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with Multigigabit Ethernet for high density, challenging RF, or focused coverage scenarios, with UL/DL MU-MIMO and OFMDA, and external antennas
1 × 2.4 Ghz 802.11b/g/n/ax
1 × 5 GHz 802.11a/n/ac/ax
1 × WIDS/WIPS
1 × Bluetooth
3.5 Gbit/sec max rate
4×4:4 MU-MIMO and OFDMA with beam forming
1 × 2.5 Gbps Multigigabit Ethernet port
802.3at PoE
DC power adapter
4x4:4 UL/DL MU-MIMO and OFDMA
160 MHz Channels**
Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM)
Hardware-accelerated encryption
Band steering
Removable antennas
MR52

Highest performance 802.11ac Wave 2 for high density campus, enterprise, and MU-MIMO
1 × 802.11b/g/n
1 × 802.11a/n/ac
1 × WIDS/WIPS
1 × Bluetooth
2.5 Gbit/sec max rate
4×4:4 MU-MIMO with beamforming
2 × Gigabit Ethernet port
802.3at PoE
DC power adapter
4×4:4 MU-MIMO
Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM)
Hardware-accelerated encryption
Band steering
MR53

Highest performance 802.11ac Wave 2 with Multigigabit for high density campus, enterprise, and MU-MIMO
1 × 802.11b/g/n
1 × 802.11a/n/ac
1 × WIDS/WIPS
1 × Bluetooth
2.5 Gbit/sec max rate
4×4:4 MU-MIMO with beamforming
1 × 2.5Gbps Multigigabit Ethernet port
1 × Gigabit Ethernet port
802.3at PoE
DC power adapter
4×4:4 MU-MIMO
Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM)
Hardware-accelerated encryption
Band steering
MR53E

Performance-critical wireless for high-density, challenging RF, or focused coverage scenarios
1 × 802.11b/g/n
1 × 802.11a/n/ac
1 × WIDS/WIPS
1 × Bluetooth
2.5 Gbit/sec max rate
4×4:4 MU-MIMO with beamforming
1 × 2.5 Gbps Multigigabit Ethernet port
1 × Gigabit Ethernet port
802.3at PoE
DC power adapter
4×4:4 MU-MIMO
Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM)
Hardware-accelerated encryption Band steering
Removable antennas
MR56

Ultra High-performance, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with Multigigabit Ethernet for high density campus and enterprise, with UL/DL MU-MIMO and OFMDA
1 × 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n/ax
1 × 5 Ghz 802.11a/n/ac/ax
1 × WIDS/WIPS
1 × Bluetooth
5.9 Gbit/sec max rate
8×8:8 MU-MIMO with beamforming
1 × 5 Gbps Multigigabit Ethernet port
802.3at PoE
DC power adapter
8x8:8 UL/DL MU-MIMO and OFDMA
160 MHz Channels**
Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM)
Hardware-accelerated encryption
Band steering

OUTDOOR

Usage
Radio specification
Interface
Power
Physical design
Operating Temperature
Performance features
Mesh networking
MR70

Basic outdoor/rugged WLAN, very low density deployments
1 × 802.11b/g/n 1 × 802.11a/n/ac 1.3 Gbit/sec max rate 2×2:2 MU-MIMO with beamforming
1 × Gigabit Ethernet port Integrated omni-directional antennas
802.3af Power over Ethernet DC power adapter
Rugged industrial design Water and dust sealed (IP67 rated) Vibration and shock tested
-4 °F to 131 °F (-20 °C to 55 °C)
2×2:2 MU-MIMO Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM) Hardware-accelerated encryption Band steering
Multi-radio mesh
MR74

Rugged/outdoor general purpose WLAN, outdoor campuses, industrial, point-to-point links, outdoor location services
1 × 802.11b/g/n 1 × 802.11a/n/ac 1 × WIDS/WIPS 1 × Bluetooth 1.3 Gbit/sec max rate 2×2:2 MU-MIMO with beamforming
1 × Gigabit Ethernet port Four external N-type connectors (antennas sold separately)
802.3af Power over Ethernet
Rugged industrial design Water and dust sealed (IP67 rated) Vibration and shock tested
-40 °F to 131 °F (-40 °C to 55 °C)
2×2:2 MU-MIMO Priority Voice (802.11e/WMM) Enterprise-grade CPU Hardware-accelerated encryption Higher-density support Band steering
Multi-radio mesh
MR76

Rugged/outdoor high performance Wi-Fi 6 wireless, outdoor campuses, industrial, point-point links, outdoor location services
1 × 802.11b/g/n/ax
1 × 802.11a/n/ac/ax
1 × WIDS/WIPS
1 × Bluetooth
1.7 Gbit/sec max rate
2×2:2 MU-MIMO and OFDMA with beamforming
1 × Gigabit Ethernet port
4 × External N-type connectors(Antennas sold separately)
802.3af PoE
Rugged industrial design
Water and dust sealed (IP67 rated)
Vibration and shock tested
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Third radio dedicated to security and RF management
Priority Voice,Power Save(802.11e/WMM)
Hardware-acceler ated encryption
Band steering
Bluetooth low energy radio for Beacon and BLE scanning
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MR84

Highest performance 802.11ac Wave 2 with Multigigabit for tough RF and high-density environments
1 × 802.11b/g/n/ac 1 × 802.11a/n/ac 1 × WIDS/WIPS 1 × Bluetooth 2.5 Gbit/sec max rate 4×4:4 MU-MIMO with beamforming
1 × 2.5 Gbps Multigigabit Ethernet port 1 × Gigabit Ethernet port Four external N-type connectors (antennas sold separately)
802.3at Power over Ethernet
Rugged industrial design Water and dust sealed (IP67 rated) Vibration and shock tested
-40 °F to 131 °F (-40 °C to 55 °C)
4×4:4 MU-MIMO Highest-density support Priority Voice (802.11e/WMM) Enterprise-grade CPU Hardware-accelerated encryption Band steering
Multi-radio mesh
MR86

Rugged/outdoor highest performance Wi-Fi 6 with Multigigabit for tough RF and high-density environments
1 × 802.11b/g/n/ax
1 × 802.11a/n/ac/ax
1 × WIDS/WIPS1 × WIDS/WIPS
1 × Bluetooth
3.5 Gbit/sec max rate
4×4:4 MU-MIMO and OFDMA with beamforming
1 × 2.5 Gbps Multigigabit Ethernet port
4 × External N-type connectors(Antennas sold separately)
802.3at PoE
Rugged industrial designWater and dust sealed (IP67 rated)
Vibration and shock tested
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Third radio dedicated to security and RF managemen
Priority Voice, Power Save(802.11e/WMM)
High-density support, band steerin
Bluetooth low energy radio for Beacon and BLE scanning
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DO I NEED HIGH-EFFICIENCY, HIGH-DENSITY, GENERAL PURPOSE OR BASIC?

Basic access points are best suited for small, low-density deployments – think fewer than 30 clients. Basic models are great value options for small offices and entry-level deployments.

A location with more than 30 clients qualifies as high density. High-efficiency models have a high frame rate. These models achieve higher throughput, even for high-density environments.

Most other deployments, such as standard offices, fall under general purpose.

WHAT MAKES ACCESS POINTS RUGGEDIZED?

Ruggedized access points work both indoors and outdoors and can withstand exposure to the elements, including salt spray, extreme heat, dust, vibration and shock. Ruggedized access points are great for outdoor campuses, parks, industrial and manufacturing deployments, and other harsh environments.

WHICH MODELS ARE WAVE 2 COMPATIBLE?

802.11ac Wave 2 powers high-speed, high-density internet use. MR20, MR30H, MR33, MR42, MR42E, MR52, MR53E, MR70, MR74 and MR84 include 80211ac Wave 2.

WHICH MODELS OFFER 802.11AX WAVE 2?

802.11ac Wave 2 powers high-speed, high-density internet use. MR20, MR30H, MR33, MR42, MR42E, MR52, MR53E, MR70, MR74 and MR84 include 80211ac Wave 2.

WHICH MODELS ARE COMPATIBLE WITH WIFI 6?

The MR45 and MR55 support WiFi 6, which can speed up throughput by up to 400%. These models are ideal for demanding, high-traffic environments.

WHAT IS MERAKI GO?

Meraki Go is designed to be user-friendly for everyone. The Meraki Go line is ideal for home offices, small businesses and other small, entry-level deployments. The GR10 is suited for indoor use, and the GR60 is built to withstand outdoor use.

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