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

MR20

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

Usage
In-room hotel or dormitory deployments that must service IP-enabled devices
Radios
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
Interface
1 × Gigabit Ethernet input
1 × Gigabit Ethernet LAN port with 802.3af PoE
3 × Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports
Power
802.3af PoE
Performance Features
2×2:2 MU-MIMO
Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM)
Hardware-accelerated encryption
Band steering
MR33

Usage
Basic 802.11ac Wave 2 for futureproof deployments
Radios
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
Interface
1 × Gigabit Ethernet port
Power
802.3af PoE
DC power adapter
Performance Features
2×2:2 MU-MIMO
Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM)
Hardware-accelerated encryption
Band steering
MR36

Usage
High-performance Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) to futureproof deployments, with UL/DL MU-MIMO and OFMDA
Radios
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
Interface
1 × Gigabit Ethernet port
Power
802.3af PoE
DC power adapter
Performance Features
2×2:2 MU-MIMO and OFDMA
160MHz Channels**
Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM)
Hardware-accelerated encryption
Band steering
MR42

Usage
General purpose 802.11ac Wave 2 for campus and enterprise
Radios
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
Interface
1 × Gigabit Ethernet port
Power
802.3at/802.3af PoE
DC power adapter
Performance Features
3×3:3 MU-MIMO
Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM)
Hardware-accelerated encryption
Band steering
MR42E

Usage
General purpose wireless, challenging RF, or focused coverage scenarios
Radios
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
Interface
1 × Gigabit Ethernet port
Power
802.3at PoE
DC power adapter
Performance Features
3×3:3 MU-MIMO
Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM)
Hardware-accelerated encryption
Band steering
Removable antennas
MR46

Usage
High-performance, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with Multigigabit Ethernet for high density campus and enterprise, with UL/DL MU-MIMO and OFMDA
Radios
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
Interface
1 × 2.5 Gbps Multigigabit Ethernet port
Power
802.3at PoE
DC power adapter
Performance Features
4x4:4 UL/DL MU-MIMO and OFDMA
160 MHz Channels**
Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM)
Hardware-accelerated encryption
Band steering
MR46E

Usage
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
Radios
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
Interface
1 × 2.5 Gbps Multigigabit Ethernet port
Power
802.3at PoE
DC power adapter
Performance Features
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

Usage
Highest performance 802.11ac Wave 2 for high density campus, enterprise, and MU-MIMO
Radios
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
Interface
2 × Gigabit Ethernet port
Power
802.3at PoE
DC power adapter
Performance Features
4×4:4 MU-MIMO
Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM)
Hardware-accelerated encryption
Band steering
MR53

Usage
Highest performance 802.11ac Wave 2 with Multigigabit for high density campus, enterprise, and MU-MIMO
Radios
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
Interface
1 × 2.5Gbps Multigigabit Ethernet port
1 × Gigabit Ethernet port
Power
802.3at PoE
DC power adapter
Performance Features
4×4:4 MU-MIMO
Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM)
Hardware-accelerated encryption
Band steering
MR53E

Usage
Performance-critical wireless for high-density, challenging RF, or focused coverage scenarios
Radios
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
Interface
1 × 2.5 Gbps Multigigabit Ethernet port
1 × Gigabit Ethernet port
Power
802.3at PoE
DC power adapter
Performance Features
4×4:4 MU-MIMO
Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM)
Hardware-accelerated encryption Band steering
Removable antennas
MR56

Usage
Ultra High-performance, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with Multigigabit Ethernet for high density campus and enterprise, with UL/DL MU-MIMO and OFMDA
Radios
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
Interface
1 × 5 Gbps Multigigabit Ethernet port
Power
802.3at PoE
DC power adapter
Performance Features
8x8:8 UL/DL MU-MIMO and OFDMA
160 MHz Channels**
Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM)
Hardware-accelerated encryption
Band steering

OUTDOOR

MR70

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

Usage
Rugged/outdoor general purpose WLAN, outdoor campuses, industrial, point-to-point links, outdoor location services
Radio specification
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
Interface
1 × Gigabit Ethernet port Four external N-type connectors (antennas sold separately)
Power
802.3af Power over Ethernet
Physical design
Rugged industrial design Water and dust sealed (IP67 rated) Vibration and shock tested
Operating Temperature
-40 °F to 131 °F (-40 °C to 55 °C)
Performance features
2×2:2 MU-MIMO Priority Voice (802.11e/WMM) Enterprise-grade CPU Hardware-accelerated encryption Higher-density support Band steering
Mesh networking
Multi-radio mesh
MR76

Usage
Rugged/outdoor high performance Wi-Fi 6 wireless, outdoor campuses, industrial, point-point links, outdoor location services
Radio specification
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
Interface
1 × Gigabit Ethernet port
4 × External N-type connectors(Antennas sold separately)
Power
802.3af PoE
Physical design
Rugged industrial design
Water and dust sealed (IP67 rated)
Vibration and shock tested
Operating Temperature
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Performance features
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
Mesh networking
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MR84

Usage
Highest performance 802.11ac Wave 2 with Multigigabit for tough RF and high-density environments
Radio specification
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
Interface
1 × 2.5 Gbps Multigigabit Ethernet port 1 × Gigabit Ethernet port Four external N-type connectors (antennas sold separately)
Power
802.3at Power over Ethernet
Physical design
Rugged industrial design Water and dust sealed (IP67 rated) Vibration and shock tested
Operating Temperature
-40 °F to 131 °F (-40 °C to 55 °C)
Performance features
4×4:4 MU-MIMO Highest-density support Priority Voice (802.11e/WMM) Enterprise-grade CPU Hardware-accelerated encryption Band steering
Mesh networking
Multi-radio mesh
MR86

Usage
Rugged/outdoor highest performance Wi-Fi 6 with Multigigabit for tough RF and high-density environments
Radio specification
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
Interface
1 × 2.5 Gbps Multigigabit Ethernet port
4 × External N-type connectors(Antennas sold separately)
Power
802.3at PoE
Physical design
Rugged industrial designWater and dust sealed (IP67 rated)
Vibration and shock tested
Operating Temperature
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Performance features
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
Mesh networking
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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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