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 customize the security process—since most applications are now web-based and need to be flexible and scalable.
Prevent potential threats from invading your network by choosing which applications are approved and which you wish to block. To get started, you’ll need to learn how to configure a Meraki firewall.
How Do I Log into My Meraki Firewall?
First things first, you’ll want to log into your Meraki firewall. This security device is convenient because it has a centralized management dashboard. You can access the firewall through the Meraki dashboard or the local status page. Here, we’ll walk you through the process for both.
Accessing the Meraki Firewall Dashboard
Log in to your Meraki management dashboard. Alternatively, you can log in at wired.meraki.com with your Meraki hardware IP address once it’s connected to your computer/device.
Reaching the Local Status Page
There are two methods for reaching the local status page of Meraki equipment.
Method 1: Visit my.meraki.com
This method should work for you if you have a valid IP address on your device. Reach the local status page using the following steps:
- Connect to your device.
- Go to my.meraki.com in your browser.
Method 2: Use the IP Address
If the local status page fails, you can use your Meraki device’s IP address to reach it. Find the hardware IP address for your device and type it into your browser.
How Do I Configure Meraki MX Ports?
Let’s run through a quick setup guide for configuring the WAN port on your Meraki MX appliance.
Cisco Meraki MX hardware automatically has its WAN interfaces configured to receive an IP address via DHCP from your ISP. Your specific setup or the requirements you’re working with might not allow you to use a dynamic IP assignment. If that’s the case, you’ll have to configure the IP addresses statically.
For those in that position, these are the steps to configure the Meraki MX’s WAN port using a static IP (if you’re wondering how to configure a Meraki firewall offline, this is your solution).
- Connect your device to your MX’s management port.
- Open your web browser and go to the device’s local status page, http://setup.meraki.com. (You won’t need any internet access since you’re connected to the device. If you’re not connected, you’ll get a message telling you to connect to a Cisco Meraki access point.)
- On the top ribbon, select “Configure.”
- Below “Uplink Configuration,” you’ll want to switch the “IP Assignment” to “Static” for the specific port(s) you wish to change.
- Finally, set the Address, Gateway, Netmask, and DNS servers values (your changes are saved automatically).
Now, you’re good to go. If you have additional questions, contact Stratus Information Systems. Our expert team is available for all your Cisco Meraki hardware needs.
What Are the Benefits of a Cisco Meraki MX?
You aren’t new to this scene by any means, and you likely already know why you want (or already have) a Cisco Meraki MX. If you’re still on the fence or doing your research, here’s a quick overview of some of the benefits you’ll get from a Meraki firewall:
- Industry-best encryption security
- Identity-based firewall
- Automatic VPN
- Invasion prevention
- Central management dashboard
- Application control and visibility
Is Meraki a Router or a Firewall?
The difference between a Meraki firewall and a router comes down to licensing. If an Advanced Security license is paired with the device, then it is a firewall. However, it’s just a router if an Enterprise license is used.
So, Is Meraki MX a Firewall?
The short answer is: Yes, Meraki MX is a firewall. Cisco Meraki firewalls are the best-in-class option for those looking for a powerful, customizable, identity-based security solution.
Choose Stratus for Your Meraki Firewall Purchasing Needs
You can think of Stratus Information Systems as your Cisco Meraki experts. Our team has the extensive knowledge, experience, and expertise you know you need in a partner. Meraki support and consulting services can help manage your network whenever you need us. We’ll offer as much help as you’re looking for, no more, no less.
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