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Your Step-By-Step Guide to the Cisco Meraki Setup Process

There’s nothing quite like the day you receive a box of fresh Cisco Meraki devices. Their sleek appearance, clean lines, and glossy surfaces are exciting and a little bit thrilling. Still, the Cisco Meraki setup is notoriously daunting. If you’re not an IT...
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What Can Meraki MDM Monitor?

Does your organization provide devices for your employees or allow them to bring their own to work? If the answer is yes, then you know the struggle that comes with managing corporate devices manually.  Many corporations will recognize this constant headache all too...
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4 Benefits of Using an Authorized Meraki Partner

In July 2022, a CEO was arrested for selling $1 billion in fake Cisco Meraki hardware across various marketplaces. After importing thousands of counterfeit networking devices, he sold them for a significant profit. Not only was this an injustice to Cisco’s reputation...
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The Cisco Meraki ROI: Is Meraki Hardware Worth the Investment?

While Meraki started as a humble pilot project, it rose to frame in record time. Cisco Systems, under Cisco’s Cloud Networking Group (CNG), acquired this wireless connectivity solution in 2012. Cisco Meraki is now an industry leader in solutions such as switching...
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This Is How to Configure a Meraki Firewall

As the tech world rapidly evolves, the standard security option based on hosts and ports isn’t sufficient. Cisco Meraki’s firewall accommodates the increase in modern applications, software, and mixed-use networks. Their solution provides the crucial option to...
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How to Connect a Meraki Switch Locally

If you’re here and reading this article, you’re probably wondering: how do I connect a Meraki switch locally? One of the best things about Cisco Meraki switches is that they’re designed to be entirely cloud-managed. They bring you deep, engrained, end-to-end control...
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How to Add and Configure a Cisco Meraki Access Point

You already know what an access point is and why Cisco Meraki is the best brand in the biz, so we’ll skip a rehash of those topics to avoid wasting your time. What Stratus Information Systems will cover here are all the steps and details you need to know about how to...
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How to Use Meraki MDM to Centralize and Simplify Device Management

MDM (mobile device management) is Cisco Meraki’s user-friendly application that grants visibility and control over all network-connected endpoints. Here’s how you use Meraki MDM properly, so you get a centralized and simplified solution that enables administrators to:...
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Beyond the Basics: A More Detailed View Into the Benefits of Using Cloud Computing in Networking

You’re no amateur, reading this with your IT degree and certifications and years of experience behind you. You know there are significant benefits of using cloud computing in networking—flexibility, security, mobility, and recovery, to name just a few.  What you need...
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What Is a Cloud Solution for Managing Networks?

The term “cloud solution” uses many names, including cloud services or cloud computing. Generally speaking, a cloud solution is any resource that can be accessed on-demand over the internet—for example, Google Docs or online storage. But knowing what a cloud solution...
What Can Meraki MDM Monitor?

What Can Meraki MDM Monitor?

Does your organization provide devices for your employees or allow them to bring their own to work? If the answer is yes, then you know the struggle that comes with managing corporate devices manually.  Many corporations will recognize this constant headache all too...

4 Benefits of Using an Authorized Meraki Partner

4 Benefits of Using an Authorized Meraki Partner

In July 2022, a CEO was arrested for selling $1 billion in fake Cisco Meraki hardware across various marketplaces. After importing thousands of counterfeit networking devices, he sold them for a significant profit. Not only was this an injustice to Cisco’s reputation...

The Cisco Meraki ROI: Is Meraki Hardware Worth the Investment?

The Cisco Meraki ROI: Is Meraki Hardware Worth the Investment?

While Meraki started as a humble pilot project, it rose to frame in record time. Cisco Systems, under Cisco’s Cloud Networking Group (CNG), acquired this wireless connectivity solution in 2012. Cisco Meraki is now an industry leader in solutions such as switching...

This Is How to Configure a Meraki Firewall

This Is How to Configure a Meraki Firewall

As the tech world rapidly evolves, the standard security option based on hosts and ports isn’t sufficient. Cisco Meraki’s firewall accommodates the increase in modern applications, software, and mixed-use networks. Their solution provides the crucial option to...

How to Connect a Meraki Switch Locally

How to Connect a Meraki Switch Locally

If you’re here and reading this article, you’re probably wondering: how do I connect a Meraki switch locally? One of the best things about Cisco Meraki switches is that they’re designed to be entirely cloud-managed. They bring you deep, engrained, end-to-end control...

How to Add and Configure a Cisco Meraki Access Point

How to Add and Configure a Cisco Meraki Access Point

You already know what an access point is and why Cisco Meraki is the best brand in the biz, so we’ll skip a rehash of those topics to avoid wasting your time. What Stratus Information Systems will cover here are all the steps and details you need to know about how to...

What Is a Cloud Solution for Managing Networks?

What Is a Cloud Solution for Managing Networks?

The term “cloud solution” uses many names, including cloud services or cloud computing. Generally speaking, a cloud solution is any resource that can be accessed on-demand over the internet—for example, Google Docs or online storage. But knowing what a cloud solution...

How to Set Up Cisco Meraki Dashboard Yourself in 6 Steps

How to Set Up Cisco Meraki Dashboard Yourself in 6 Steps

Cisco Meraki’s dashboard for managing your entire end-to-end network infrastructure in one platform (from anywhere) is the solution you’ve been seeking.  But should you do it yourself? Or should you call in a professional? We’ll review, step-by-step, how to set up...

Faceoff: Meraki Enterprise vs. Advanced Licenses

Faceoff: Meraki Enterprise vs. Advanced Licenses

Sports, film, and history all have something in common—faceoffs. Opponents standing eye-to-eye before fighting with all their might to win is a basic human instinct.  Discussing famous faceoffs right now would be fun (Jaguar vs. Aston Martin in Great Britain, Alfred...

Comparison Guide: Aruba vs. Meraki Switches

Comparison Guide: Aruba vs. Meraki Switches

Your business is scaling, and you need a network that can keep up with growing demands. You need a strong foundation on which to build new technologies to meet future business needs. You also need to cut the complexity and stop spending so much time troubleshooting....

A How-To Guide for Using a Router as a Switch

A How-To Guide for Using a Router as a Switch

Yes, you can use a router as a switch…in certain situations. What are those situations, and why would you want to use a router as a switch?  Stratus Information Systems is here to guide you through the path of a dozen steps to victory. Let’s first cover a few basics....

Cisco Switches: Campus vs. Branch Networks

Cisco Switches: Campus vs. Branch Networks

It can be a little confusing when selecting Cisco Switches. Should you choose one for a campus network or a branch network? Is there really a difference? Does it even matter?  Get to know the basics of switches a bit better first. Or, skip straight to learning what’s...

What Is Mobile Device Management?

What Is Mobile Device Management?

Mobile Device Management (MDM) is a policy-based, administration-friendly software application that simplifies control and grants visibility over every network-connected endpoint.  To work, every employee installs an MDM client application (such as Cisco Meraki MDM)...

Seriously, Do I Need WiFi 6? Is It Worth the Upgrade?

Seriously, Do I Need WiFi 6? Is It Worth the Upgrade?

WiFi 6 (an industry certification for the new wireless standard 802.11ax) is faster, more stable, and better at managing multiple connections than WiFi 5. But do you need WiFi 6? Is it really worth the effort, time, and cost to upgrade?  We’re not here to convince you...

What Is SASE? Pros, Cons, and Best Use Case Scenarios

What Is SASE? Pros, Cons, and Best Use Case Scenarios

Evolving and emerging enterprises depend less and less on private data centers, instead opting for all the cloud has to offer. Why? Because its inherent remote control grants IT professionals overlord status of their networks. But there are some problems to this...

How to Set Up Mesh WiFi: A Complete Mesh Wireless Guide

How to Set Up Mesh WiFi: A Complete Mesh Wireless Guide

No matter who you are, slow internet speeds are maddening. Slow equals missed opportunities, unproductive work time, and a drop in revenue.  Let’s get to the root of the issue—why is your internet so slow in the first place? Traditional routers can only reach so far....

Why Your Business Needs Cloud Managed Security Cameras

Why Your Business Needs Cloud Managed Security Cameras

Security cameras are a simple but significant way for businesses to increase the safety of their inventory, their employees, and their customers. However, the landscape of security has grown tenfold since the days of CCTV cameras. While giving business owners peace of...

How to Make the Most of Your Meraki Dashboard

How to Make the Most of Your Meraki Dashboard

The Meraki dashboard, included with the Cisco Meraki wireless access points and switches, allows you to manage all of your security, switching, wireless, cameras, and IoT devices through the cloud. Meraki's products make network management processes more efficient and...

Cisco Meraki Licenses: When & Why You Need One

Cisco Meraki Licenses: When & Why You Need One

If your organization uses any Cisco Meraki products, it needs a valid license to operate. Assigning, transferring, and renewing Meraki licenses can be tricky, but authorized Meraki partners like us can make the process easy. Meraki currently offers two licensing...

Understanding Business Mobility

Understanding Business Mobility

Also known as enterprise mobility, business mobility at its most basic is the ability to work remotely, which has become an increasingly critical part of running a modern business. The onset of the COVID-19 crisis accelerated the move toward allowing more remote and...

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