Cisco Meraki MS Series Comparison Guide

Cisco Meraki Switching And Routing

MERAKI MS

CISCO MERAKI SWITCHES

Cisco Meraki MS Series switches are easy to deploy and help businesses manage growing network demands. They are sturdy, reliable and efficient, and were specially designed to thrive in the conditions in your network closet.

There are several MS options available. This section helps define the differences between families and models so you can choose the best option for your business.

WHICH MODEL DO I NEED BASED ON MY DEPLOYMENT SIZE?

DEPLOYMENT SCENARIOS
Switches
Recommended For
HARDWARE CONFIGURATION
Interface
Uplinks
Stacking
POWER CONFIGURATION
Available POE Power
SWITCHING PERFORMANCE
Switching Capacity
Forwarding Rate
MAC Entries
Stacking Bandwith
ROUTING PERFORMANCE & SCALABILITY
Routing Features
Routed Interfaces
Routed Hosts
MS120 Series

Access Switches
Branch/basic access
Secure LAN connectivity
Layer 2 access switching
24 / 48 × gigabit ethernet
4 × 1G (SFP) uplinks, dedicated
Virtual only
Internal
24P: 370W (PoE, PoE+) 48LP: 370W (PoE, PoE+) 48FP: 740W (PoE, PoE+)
MS120-24: 56Gbps
MS120-48: 104Gbps
MS120-24: 41.67Mpps
MS120-48: 77.38Mpps
MS120-24: 16K
MS120-48: 32K
DHCP Relay
MS125 Series

Access Switches
Branch/basic access
Secure LAN connectivity
Layer 2 access switching
24 / 48 × gigabit ethernet
4 × 10G (SFP+) uplinks, dedicated
Virtual only
Internal
24P: 370W (PoE, PoE+) 48LP: 370W (PoE, PoE+) 48FP: 740W (PoE, PoE+)
MS125-24: 128Gbps
MS125-48: 176bps
MS125-24: 95.23Mpps
MS125-48: 130.95Mpps
MS125-24: 16K
MS125-48: 32K
DHCP Relay
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MS210 Series

Stackable Access Switches
Small campus deployments
Secure LAN connectivity
Basic Layer 3 connectivity
24 / 48 × gigabit ethernet 2 × stacking ports 1 × management port with auto-MDIX
4 × 1G (SFP) uplinks, dedicated
80G (2 × 40G) Virtual MS225-compatible
Internal RPS Supported*
*Cisco RPS-2300
24P: 370W (PoE, PoE+) 48LP: 370W (PoE, PoE+) 48FP: 740W (PoE, PoE+)
MS210-24: 56Gbps
MS210-48: 104Gbps
MS210-24: 41.67Mpps
MS210-48: 77.38Mpps
MS210-24: 16K
MS210-48: 32K
80Gbps
Static routing only DHCP Relay
16
4096
MS225 Series

Stackable Access Switches
Medium campus deployments
Secure LAN connectivity
Basic Layer 3 connectivity
24 / 48 × gigabit ethernet 2 × stacking ports 1 × management port with auto-MDIX
4 × 10G (SFP+) uplinks, dedicated
80G (2 × 40G) Virtual MS210-compatible
Internal RPS Supported*
*Cisco RPS-2300
24P: 370W (PoE, PoE+) 48LP: 370W (PoE, PoE+) 48FP: 740W (PoE, PoE+)
MS225-24: 128Gbps
MS225-48: 176Gbps
MS225-24: 95.24Mpps
MS225-48: 130.95Mpps
MS225-24: 16K
MS225-48: 32K
80Gbps
Static routing only DHCP Relay
16
4096
MS250 Series

Stackable Access Switches
General purpose deployments
Secure LAN connectivity
Layer 3 access
Hardware options for redundancy
24 / 48 × gigabit ethernet 2 × stacking ports 1 × management port with auto-MDIX
4 × 10G (SFP+) uplinks, dedicated
80G (2 × 40G) Virtual
Removable PSU* Field Replaceable
24/48: 250W PSU 24P/48LP: 640W PSU 48FP: 1025W PSU
*Redundant PSU sold separately
24P: 370W (PoE, PoE+) 48LP: 370W (PoE, PoE+) 48FP: 740W (PoE, PoE+)
MS250-24: 128Gbps
MS250-48: 176Gbps
MS250-24: 95.24Mpps
MS250-48: 130.95Mpps
MS250-24: 16K
MS250-48: 32K
80Gbps
Static + Dynamic routing DHCP Server + DHCP Relay Warm spare (VRRP)
1024
4096
MS350 Series

Stackable Access Switches
High-performance networks with media-rich applications
Wireless-first environments
Secure LAN connectivity
Layer 3 access
Hardware options for redundancy
24 / 48 × gigabit ethernet 2 × stacking ports 1 × management port with auto-MDIX
4 × 10G (SFP+) uplinks, dedicated
160G (2 × 80G) Virtual
Removable PSU* Field Replaceable
24/48: 250W PSU 24P/48LP: 640W PSU 48FP: 1025W PSU
*Redundant PSU sold separately
24P: 370W (PoE, PoE+) 48LP: 370W (PoE, PoE+) 48FP: 740W (PoE, PoE+)
MS350-24: 128Gbps
MS350-48: 176Gbps
MS350-24: 95.24Mpps
MS350-48: 130.95Mpps
MS350-24: 96K
MS350-48: 96K
160Gbps
Static + Dynamic routing DHCP Server + DHCP Relay Warm spare (VRRP)
8K
96K
DEPLOYMENT SCENARIOS
Switches
Recommended For
HARDWARE CONFIGURATION
Interface
Uplinks
Stacking
POWER CONFIGURATION
Available POE Power
SWITCHING PERFORMANCE
Switching Capacity
Forwarding Rate
MAC Entries
Stacking Bandwith
ROUTING PERFORMANCE & SCALABILITY
Routing Features
MS350-24X

Stackable Access Switches
Available mGig ports MS350 compatibility Secure LAN connectivity Layer 3 access Hardware options for redundancy
16 × 1G ports 8 × multigigabit ethernet 2 × stacking ports 1 × management port with auto-MDIX
4 × 10G (SFP+) uplinks, dedicated
160G (2 × 80G) Virtual
Removable PSU* Field Replaceable 24X: 1025W PSU *Redundant PSU sold separately
24X: 740W
MS350-24X: 272 Gbps
MS350-24X: 202.3 Mpps
MS350-24X: 512K
160Gbps
Static + Dynamic routing DHCP Server + DHCP Relay Warm spare (VRRP)
MS355 X Series

Stackable Access Switches
High mGig port density for AX access points Wireless-first environments Secure LAN connectivity Layer 3 access Hardware options for redundancy 4 × 10G SFP+
16 / 32 × 1G ports 8/16 × multigigabit ethernet 1 × management port with auto-MDIX
2 × 40G (QSFP+) uplinks, dedicated
400G (2 × 200G) Virtual
Removable PSU* Field Replaceable 24X: 1025W PSU 48X: 1025W PSU *Redundant PSU sold separately
355-24X: 740W 355-48X: 740W
MS355-24X: 352 Gbps MS355-48X: 544 Gbps
MS355-24X: 262 Mpps MS355-48X: 405 Mpps
MS355-24X: 32K MS355-48X: 32K
400 Gbps
Static + Dynamic routing DHCP Server + DHCP Relay Warm spare (VRRP)
MS355 X2 Series

Stackable Access Switches
High mGig port density for AX access points Wireless-first environments Secure LAN connectivity Layer 3 access Hardware options for redundancy 4 × 10G SFP+
24 × 1G ports (48X2 only) 24 × multigigabit ethernet 1 × management port with auto-MDIX
2 × 40G (QSFP+) uplinks, dedicated
400G (2 × 200G) Virtual
Removable PSU* Field Replaceable 24X2: 1025W PSU 48X2: 1025W PSU *Redundant PSU sold separately
355-24X2: 740W 355-48X2: 740W
MS355-24X2: 640 Gbps MS355-48X2: 688 Gbps
MS355-24X2: 476 Mpps MS355-48X2: 512 Mpps
MS355-24X2: 32K MS355-48X2: 32K
400 Gbps
Static + Dynamic routing DHCP Server + DHCP Relay Warm spare (VRRP)
DEPLOYMENT SCENARIOS
Switches
Recommended For
HARDWARE CONFIGURATION
Interface
Uplinks
Stacking
POWER CONFIGURATION
SWITCHING PERFORMANCE
Switching Capacity
Forwarding Rate
MAC Entries
Stacking Bandwith
ROUTING PERFORMANCE & SCALABILITY
Routing Features
Routed Interfaces
Routed Hosts
MS410 Series

Aggregation Switches
Distributed branch, small campus
1G fiber aggregation
Long range applications requiring 1GbE SPF connectivity
16 / 32 × SFP gigabit ethernet
2 × stacking ports
1 × management port with auto-MDIX
2 / 4 × 10G (SFP+) uplinks, dedicated
160G (2 × 80G)
Removable PSU*
Field Replaceable
Up to 2 × 250W PSU
*1 × PSU included, redundant PSU sold separately
MS410-16: 72 Gbps
MS410-32: 144 Gbps
MS410-16: 53.57 Mpps
MS410-32: 107.14 Mpps
MS410-16: 128K
MS410-32: 128K
160G bi-directional
Static + OSPFv2 Dynamic routing
DHCP Server + DHCP Relay
Warm spare (VRRP)
8,192
98,304
MS425 Series

Aggregation Switches
Campus
10G fiber aggregation
High performance and critical deployments
Mixed datacenter top-of-rack environments
40G QSFP+ uplinks with horizontal (front-port) stacking capabilities
16 / 32 × SFP+ 10 gigabit ethernet
2 × QSFP+
1 × management port with auto-MDIX
2 × 40G QSFP+ uplinks, dedicated
160G (2 × active QSFP+)
Front-port stacking capable
Removable PSU*
Field Replaceable
Up to 2 × 250W PSU
*1 × PSU included, redundant PSU sold separately
MS425-16: 480 Gbps
MS425-32: 800 Gbps
MS425-16: 357.14 Mpps
MS425-32: 595.24 Mpps
MS425-16: 228K
MS425-32: 228K
160G bi-directional with QSFP+ front-port stacking configuration
Static + OSPFv2 Dynamic routing
DHCP Server + DHCP Relay
Warm spare (VRRP)
16,384
114,688
MS450 Series

Aggregation Switches
High-performance networks with media-rich applications
Wireless-first environments
High-capacity aggregation layer
Layer 3 access
Hardware options for redundancy
12 × 40G QSFP+ Fiber
2 × 100G QSFP28 stacking ports
2 × 100G QSFP28 uplink ports
1 × management port
2 × 100G QSFP28 uplinks, dedicated
2 × 100G QSFP28
Virtual
Removable PSU*
Field Replaceable
250W PSU
*Redundant PSU sold separately
MS450-12: 1.36 Tbps
MS450-12: 654 Mpps
MS450-12: 654 Mpps
400 Gbps
Static + Dynamic routing
DHCP Server + DHCP Relay
Warm spare (VRRP)
12,286
68,000

WHAT MODEL DO I NEED BASED ON MY DEPLOYMENT SIZE?

Compact: MS120-8
Small office or branch: MS120 and MS125
Branch or small campus: MS210 and MS225
Branch or campus: MS250
Campus and multigigabit: MS350
High speed fiber aggregation> MS410 and MS425

I MANAGE DATA FOR A SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE SUBURBS. WHAT IS THE BEST SWITCH FOR ME?

Mid-tier switches, like the MS220 and MS225 series, can manage groups data associated with small campuses and districts.

CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING USE CASES:

I manage data for a school district in the suburbs. What is the best switch for me?

Mid-tier switches, like the MS220 and MS225 series, can manage groups data associated with small campuses and districts.

I am the CIO for a multi-billion dollar corporation. We have thousands of servers and routers all over the world. Which hardware best fits our infrastructure?

Large corporations powering high-demand functions would do best with enterprise-grade switches, such as the MS410 and MS425 families.

I run a family-owned restaurant business with 2 locations not too far away from each other. We are transitioning to digital operation. What should we use to start out?

Small, low-demand operations like this should look to lower-tier switches, such as the MS120 and MS125 options.

Which families support physical stacking?

The MS210, MS225, MS250, MS350, MS410 and MS425 support physical stacking.

What constitutes compact?

Compact switches are small, efficient and fanless. They connect to an external power supply (unless you upgrade to the MS120-8 FP). These are recommended for single-use deployments, such as a home office.

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