Cisco Meraki MX Series Comparison Guide

Cisco Meraki Routers & SD-WAN

MX SERIES

Cisco Meraki delivers industry-leading security and SD-WAN through a powerful, all-in-one hardware appliance: the Meraki MX. The MX series is designed with built-in advanced security that contributes to a Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution, which improves network protection across locations and devices. Organizations can take advantage of the increased reliability of low-cost WAN links such as broadband and fiber to provide additional bandwidth at branch sites at a fraction of the cost.

MX64

Recommended Use Cases
Small Branch
Recommended max clients
50
Interfaces
5 × GbE USB 3G/4G
Stateful firewall throughput
250 Mbps
Maximum VPN throughput
100 Mbps
VPN tunnels
50
Web caching
Redundant power
MX64W

Recommended Use Cases
Small Branch
Recommended max clients
50
Interfaces
5 × GbE 802.11ac WiFi USB 3G/4G
Stateful firewall throughput
250 Mbps
Maximum VPN throughput
100 Mbps
VPN tunnels
50
Web caching
Redundant power
MX65

Recommended Use Cases
Small Branch
Recommended max clients
50
Interfaces
12 × GbE (2 PoE+) USB 3G/4G
Stateful firewall throughput
250 Mbps
Maximum VPN throughput
100 Mbps
VPN tunnels
50
Web caching
Redundant power
MX67

Recommended Use Cases
Small Branch
Recommended max clients
50
Interfaces
5 × GbE USB 3G/4G
Stateful firewall throughput
450 Mbps
Maximum VPN throughput
200 Mbps
VPN tunnels
50
Web caching
Redundant power
MX67C

Recommended Use Cases
Small Branch
Recommended max clients
50
Interfaces
5 × GbE CAT 6 LTE Modem USB 3G/4G
Stateful firewall throughput
450 Mbps
Maximum VPN throughput
200 Mbps
VPN tunnels
50
Web caching
Redundant power
MX67W

Recommended Use Cases
Small Branch
Recommended max clients
50
Interfaces
5 × GbE 802.11ac/n Wave 2 WiFi USB 3G/4G
Stateful firewall throughput
450 Mbps
Maximum VPN throughput
200 Mbps
VPN tunnels
50
Web caching
Redundant power
MX68

Recommended Use Cases
Small Branch
Recommended max clients
50
Interfaces
12 × GbE (2 PoE+) USB 3G/4G
Stateful firewall throughput
450 Mbps
Maximum VPN throughput
200 Mbps
VPN tunnels
50
Web caching
Redundant power
MX68W

Recommended Use Cases
Small Branch
Recommended max clients
50
Interfaces
12 × GbE (2 PoE+) 802.11ac/n Wave 2 WiFi USB 3G/4G
Stateful firewall throughput
450 Mbps
Maximum VPN throughput
200 Mbps
VPN tunnels
50
Web caching
Redundant power
MX68CW

Recommended Use Cases
Small Branch
Recommended max clients
50
Interfaces
12 × GbE (2 PoE+) 802.11ac/n Wave 2 WiFi CAT 6 LTE Modem USB 3G/4G
Stateful firewall throughput
450 Mbps
Maximum VPN throughput
200 Mbps
VPN tunnels
50
Web caching
Redundant power
MX84

Recommended Use Cases
Medium Branch
Recommended max clients
200
Interfaces
10 × GbE 2 × SFP USB 3G/4G
Stateful firewall throughput
500 Mbps
Maximum VPN throughput
250 Mbps
VPN tunnels
100
Web caching
Redundant power
MX100

Recommended Use Cases
Medium Branch
Recommended max clients
500
Interfaces
9 × GbE 2 × SFP USB 3G/4G
Stateful firewall throughput
750 Mbps
Maximum VPN throughput
500 Mbps
VPN tunnels
250
Web caching
Redundant power
MX250

Recommended Use Cases
Large Branch, Campus / Concentrator
Recommended max clients
2,000
Interfaces
2 × 10G SFP+ (WAN) 8 × GbE (RJ45) 8 × GbE (SFP) 8 × 10GbE (SFP+) USB 3G/4G
Stateful firewall throughput
4 Gbps
Maximum VPN throughput
1 Gbps
VPN tunnels
1,000
Web caching
Redundant power
MX450

Recommended Use Cases
Large Branch, Campus / Concentrator
Recommended max clients
10,000
Interfaces
2 × 10G SFP+ (WAN) 8 × GbE (RJ45) 8 × GbE (SFP) 8 × 10GbE (SFP+) USB 3G/4G
Stateful firewall throughput
6 Gbps
Maximum VPN throughput
2 Gbps
VPN tunnels
1,500
Web caching
Redundant power

What if I’m on the cusp of the client maximum for the model I’m considering?

MX device utilization should not consistently exceed 85%, so we recommend sizing up if you’re around the client max to be on the safe side. For example, if your office has 53 clients, we’d recommend going with an MX84 rather than function at max capacity with a 64-68 model.

MX appliances can report on device utilization; pay attention to the utilization rate if you start nearing client capacity. If it’s usually over 85% during normal operation, it’s likely time to upgrade.

Do I need the Advanced Security License?

All Meraki MX products come with a powerful stateful firewall. However, if security is a top priority, the Advanced Security License adds significant protection and reliability to the standard MX. This license adds content filtering, Google SafeSearch, YouTube for Schools, intrusion detection and prevention (IDS/IPS) and Advanced Malware Protection (AMP).

How important is web caching?

MX models 84 and above come with web caching. Web caching is most critical when supporting low-bandwidth networks. We recommend upgrading to include web caching if your bandwidth is relatively low and your clients frequently access heavy multi-media web content. Shop MX84.

W, C or both?

The W iterations of the MX indicate wireless, and the C iterations indicate cellular failover and PoE capabilities. CW models, like the MX67CW and MX68CW, are high-end options that include all features in one unit.

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