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?

MS120 Series

DEPLOYMENT SCENARIOS
Switches
Access Switches
Recommended For
Branch/basic access
Secure LAN connectivity
Layer 2 access switching
HARDWARE CONFIGURATION
Interface
24 / 48 × gigabit ethernet
Uplinks
4 × 1G (SFP) uplinks, dedicated
Stacking
Virtual only
POWER CONFIGURATION
Internal
Available POE Power
24P: 370W (PoE, PoE+) 48LP: 370W (PoE, PoE+) 48FP: 740W (PoE, PoE+)
SWITCHING PERFORMANCE
Switching Capacity
MS120-24: 56Gbps
MS120-48: 104Gbps
Forwarding Rate
MS120-24: 41.67Mpps
MS120-48: 77.38Mpps
MAC Entries
MS120-24: 16K
MS120-48: 32K
Stacking Bandwith
ROUTING PERFORMANCE & SCALABILITY
Routing Features
DHCP Relay
Routed Interfaces
Routed Hosts
MS125 Series

DEPLOYMENT SCENARIOS
Switches
Access Switches
Recommended For
Branch/basic access
Secure LAN connectivity
Layer 2 access switching
HARDWARE CONFIGURATION
Interface
24 / 48 × gigabit ethernet
Uplinks
4 × 10G (SFP+) uplinks, dedicated
Stacking
Virtual only
POWER CONFIGURATION
Internal
Available POE Power
24P: 370W (PoE, PoE+) 48LP: 370W (PoE, PoE+) 48FP: 740W (PoE, PoE+)
SWITCHING PERFORMANCE
Switching Capacity
MS125-24: 128Gbps
MS125-48: 176bps
Forwarding Rate
MS125-24: 95.23Mpps
MS125-48: 130.95Mpps
MAC Entries
MS125-24: 16K
MS125-48: 32K
Stacking Bandwith
ROUTING PERFORMANCE & SCALABILITY
Routing Features
DHCP Relay
Routed Interfaces
_
Routed Hosts
_
MS210 Series

DEPLOYMENT SCENARIOS
Switches
Stackable Access Switches
Recommended For
Small campus deployments
Secure LAN connectivity
Basic Layer 3 connectivity
HARDWARE CONFIGURATION
Interface
24 / 48 × gigabit ethernet 2 × stacking ports 1 × management port with auto-MDIX
Uplinks
4 × 1G (SFP) uplinks, dedicated
Stacking
80G (2 × 40G) Virtual MS225-compatible
POWER CONFIGURATION
Internal RPS Supported*
*Cisco RPS-2300
Available POE Power
24P: 370W (PoE, PoE+) 48LP: 370W (PoE, PoE+) 48FP: 740W (PoE, PoE+)
SWITCHING PERFORMANCE
Switching Capacity
MS210-24: 56Gbps
MS210-48: 104Gbps
Forwarding Rate
MS210-24: 41.67Mpps
MS210-48: 77.38Mpps
MAC Entries
MS210-24: 16K
MS210-48: 32K
Stacking Bandwith
80Gbps
ROUTING PERFORMANCE & SCALABILITY
Routing Features
Static routing only DHCP Relay
Routed Interfaces
16
Routed Hosts
4096
MS225 Series

DEPLOYMENT SCENARIOS
Switches
Stackable Access Switches
Recommended For
Medium campus deployments
Secure LAN connectivity
Basic Layer 3 connectivity
HARDWARE CONFIGURATION
Interface
24 / 48 × gigabit ethernet 2 × stacking ports 1 × management port with auto-MDIX
Uplinks
4 × 10G (SFP+) uplinks, dedicated
Stacking
80G (2 × 40G) Virtual MS210-compatible
POWER CONFIGURATION
Internal RPS Supported*
*Cisco RPS-2300
Available POE Power
24P: 370W (PoE, PoE+) 48LP: 370W (PoE, PoE+) 48FP: 740W (PoE, PoE+)
SWITCHING PERFORMANCE
Switching Capacity
MS225-24: 128Gbps
MS225-48: 176Gbps
Forwarding Rate
MS225-24: 95.24Mpps
MS225-48: 130.95Mpps
MAC Entries
MS225-24: 16K
MS225-48: 32K
Stacking Bandwith
80Gbps
ROUTING PERFORMANCE & SCALABILITY
Routing Features
Static routing only DHCP Relay
Routed Interfaces
16
Routed Hosts
4096
MS250 Series

DEPLOYMENT SCENARIOS
Switches
Stackable Access Switches
Recommended For
General purpose deployments
Secure LAN connectivity
Layer 3 access
Hardware options for redundancy
HARDWARE CONFIGURATION
Interface
24 / 48 × gigabit ethernet 2 × stacking ports 1 × management port with auto-MDIX
Uplinks
4 × 10G (SFP+) uplinks, dedicated
Stacking
80G (2 × 40G) Virtual
POWER CONFIGURATION
Removable PSU* Field Replaceable
24/48: 250W PSU 24P/48LP: 640W PSU 48FP: 1025W PSU
*Redundant PSU sold separately
Available POE Power
24P: 370W (PoE, PoE+) 48LP: 370W (PoE, PoE+) 48FP: 740W (PoE, PoE+)
SWITCHING PERFORMANCE
Switching Capacity
MS250-24: 128Gbps
MS250-48: 176Gbps
Forwarding Rate
MS250-24: 95.24Mpps
MS250-48: 130.95Mpps
MAC Entries
MS250-24: 16K
MS250-48: 32K
Stacking Bandwith
80Gbps
ROUTING PERFORMANCE & SCALABILITY
Routing Features
Static + Dynamic routing DHCP Server + DHCP Relay Warm spare (VRRP)
Routed Interfaces
1024
Routed Hosts
4096
MS350 Series

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

DEPLOYMENT SCENARIOS
Switches
Stackable Access Switches
Recommended For
Available mGig ports MS350 compatibility Secure LAN connectivity Layer 3 access Hardware options for redundancy
HARDWARE CONFIGURATION
Interface
16 × 1G ports 8 × multigigabit ethernet 2 × stacking ports 1 × management port with auto-MDIX
Uplinks
4 × 10G (SFP+) uplinks, dedicated
Stacking
160G (2 × 80G) Virtual
POWER CONFIGURATION
Removable PSU* Field Replaceable 24X: 1025W PSU *Redundant PSU sold separately
Available POE Power
24X: 740W
SWITCHING PERFORMANCE
Switching Capacity
MS350-24X: 272 Gbps
Forwarding Rate
MS350-24X: 202.3 Mpps
MAC Entries
MS350-24X: 512K
Stacking Bandwith
160Gbps
ROUTING PERFORMANCE & SCALABILITY
Routing Features
Static + Dynamic routing DHCP Server + DHCP Relay Warm spare (VRRP)
MS355 X Series

DEPLOYMENT SCENARIOS
Switches
Stackable Access Switches
Recommended For
High mGig port density for AX access points Wireless-first environments Secure LAN connectivity Layer 3 access Hardware options for redundancy 4 × 10G SFP+
HARDWARE CONFIGURATION
Interface
16 / 32 × 1G ports 8/16 × multigigabit ethernet 1 × management port with auto-MDIX
Uplinks
2 × 40G (QSFP+) uplinks, dedicated
Stacking
400G (2 × 200G) Virtual
POWER CONFIGURATION
Removable PSU* Field Replaceable 24X: 1025W PSU 48X: 1025W PSU *Redundant PSU sold separately
Available POE Power
355-24X: 740W 355-48X: 740W
SWITCHING PERFORMANCE
Switching Capacity
MS355-24X: 352 Gbps MS355-48X: 544 Gbps
Forwarding Rate
MS355-24X: 262 Mpps MS355-48X: 405 Mpps
MAC Entries
MS355-24X: 32K MS355-48X: 32K
Stacking Bandwith
400 Gbps
ROUTING PERFORMANCE & SCALABILITY
Routing Features
Static + Dynamic routing DHCP Server + DHCP Relay Warm spare (VRRP)
MS355 X2 Series

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

DEPLOYMENT SCENARIOS
Switches
Aggregation Switches
Recommended For
Distributed branch, small campus
1G fiber aggregation
Long range applications requiring 1GbE SPF connectivity
HARDWARE CONFIGURATION
Interface
16 / 32 × SFP gigabit ethernet
2 × stacking ports
1 × management port with auto-MDIX
Uplinks
2 / 4 × 10G (SFP+) uplinks, dedicated
Stacking
160G (2 × 80G)
POWER CONFIGURATION
Removable PSU*
Field Replaceable
Up to 2 × 250W PSU
*1 × PSU included, redundant PSU sold separately
SWITCHING PERFORMANCE
Switching Capacity
MS410-16: 72 Gbps
MS410-32: 144 Gbps
Forwarding Rate
MS410-16: 53.57 Mpps
MS410-32: 107.14 Mpps
MAC Entries
MS410-16: 128K
MS410-32: 128K
Stacking Bandwith
160G bi-directional
ROUTING PERFORMANCE & SCALABILITY
Routing Features
Static + OSPFv2 Dynamic routing
DHCP Server + DHCP Relay
Warm spare (VRRP)
Routed Interfaces
8,192
Routed Hosts
98,304
MS425 Series

DEPLOYMENT SCENARIOS
Switches
Aggregation Switches
Recommended For
Campus
10G fiber aggregation
High performance and critical deployments
Mixed datacenter top-of-rack environments
40G QSFP+ uplinks with horizontal (front-port) stacking capabilities
HARDWARE CONFIGURATION
Interface
16 / 32 × SFP+ 10 gigabit ethernet
2 × QSFP+
1 × management port with auto-MDIX
Uplinks
2 × 40G QSFP+ uplinks, dedicated
Stacking
160G (2 × active QSFP+)
Front-port stacking capable
POWER CONFIGURATION
Removable PSU*
Field Replaceable
Up to 2 × 250W PSU
*1 × PSU included, redundant PSU sold separately
SWITCHING PERFORMANCE
Switching Capacity
MS425-16: 480 Gbps
MS425-32: 800 Gbps
Forwarding Rate
MS425-16: 357.14 Mpps
MS425-32: 595.24 Mpps
MAC Entries
MS425-16: 228K
MS425-32: 228K
Stacking Bandwith
160G bi-directional with QSFP+ front-port stacking configuration
ROUTING PERFORMANCE & SCALABILITY
Routing Features
Static + OSPFv2 Dynamic routing
DHCP Server + DHCP Relay
Warm spare (VRRP)
Routed Interfaces
16,384
Routed Hosts
114,688
MS450 Series

DEPLOYMENT SCENARIOS
Switches
Aggregation Switches
Recommended For
High-performance networks with media-rich applications
Wireless-first environments
High-capacity aggregation layer
Layer 3 access
Hardware options for redundancy
HARDWARE CONFIGURATION
Interface
12 × 40G QSFP+ Fiber
2 × 100G QSFP28 stacking ports
2 × 100G QSFP28 uplink ports
1 × management port
Uplinks
2 × 100G QSFP28 uplinks, dedicated
Stacking
2 × 100G QSFP28
Virtual
POWER CONFIGURATION
Removable PSU*
Field Replaceable
250W PSU
*Redundant PSU sold separately
SWITCHING PERFORMANCE
Switching Capacity
MS450-12: 1.36 Tbps
Forwarding Rate
MS450-12: 654 Mpps
MAC Entries
MS450-12: 654 Mpps
Stacking Bandwith
400 Gbps
ROUTING PERFORMANCE & SCALABILITY
Routing Features
Static + Dynamic routing
DHCP Server + DHCP Relay
Warm spare (VRRP)
Routed Interfaces
12,286
Routed Hosts
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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