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Cisco Meraki MX64 Cloud Managed - security appliance

Mfg. Part: MX64-HW | CDW Part: 3612803 | UNSPSC: 43222501
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Product Overview
Main Features
  • Security appliance
  • GigE
Lock down your network with the Cisco Meraki cloud-managed security appliance. Ideal for small retail branches or clinics, this device can routinely support up to 50 users and has a stateful firewall throughput of up to 250 Mbps. It allows a maximum of 25 simultaneous VPN sessions for absolutely secure data transfer and includes five Gigabit Ethernet interfaces so that you can connect a variety of devices to it.

Easy Web management ensures that this Cisco Meraki cloud-managed security appliance is easy to set up, courtesy of the Cisco Meraki dashboard. It can also be deployed and set up remotely, so your business can use a central location to set up its retail outlets or clinics without having to travel. Template-based multi-network management allows you to quickly set up profiles and settings across thousands of devices to ensure it scales easily. Monitoring and reporting systems ensure you get email alerts that inform you of utilization metrics, and comprehensive changelogs make tracing modifications very quick.

Quickly secure your network with the intelligent WAN that includes policy-based routing and dynamic VPN path selection, and it has a variety of application-layer protocols and systems that ensure only authorized visitors get in. Threat management solutions include content filtering, intrusion prevention using a PCI-compliant IPS sensor, identity-based policies, and antivirus and anti-phishing software from Kapersky for maximum protection. An enhanced CPU and plenty of memory ensure this Cisco Meraki cloud-managed security appliance can process all the information flowing through it rapidly.

Technical Specifications
Specifications are provided by the manufacturer. Refer to the manufacturer for an explanation of the print speed and other ratings.
Capacity
Type: Concurrent users
Value: 50



Type: VPN tunnels
Value: 25

Dimensions & Weight
Depth: 5.2 in
Height: 1 in
Weight: 3.09 lbs
Width: 9.4 in

Environmental Parameters
Humidity Range Operating: 5 - 95% (non-condensing)
Max Operating Temperature: 104 °F
Min Operating Temperature: 32 °F

Header
Brand: Cisco Meraki
Compatibility: PC
Manufacturer: Meraki
Model: MX64 Cloud Managed
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: Cisco Meraki

Interface Provided
Connector Type: RJ-45
Qty: 4
Type: 1000Base-T



Qty: 1
WAN DMZ: WAN



Connector Type: Type A
Type: USB 2.0

Miscellaneous
Encryption Algorithm: 128-bit AES

Networking
Connectivity Technology: Wired
Data Link Protocol: Ethernet , Fast Ethernet , Gigabit Ethernet
Data Transfer Rate: 250 Mbps
Features: 3G/4G USB Dongle Support , Cloud managed , DHCP support , DMZ port , Event log , Firewall protection , Firmware upgradable , IPSec Virtual Private Network (VPN) , NAT support , Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) , Traffic shaping , VLAN support , Wall mountable
Form Factor: External
Network Transport Protocol: HTTP
Ports Qty: 5
Remote Management Protocol: HTTP
Routing Protocol: Static IP routing
Type: Security appliance

Performance
Type: Stateful throughput
Value: 200 Mbps



Type: VPN throughput
Value: 70 Mbps

Power Device
Power Consumption Operational: 10 Watt
Power Provided: 18 Watt
Type: External power adapter

Service
Support Details Full Contract Period: Lifetime
Support Details Service Included: Advance parts replacement
Support Details Type: Limited warranty

Service & Support
Type: Limited lifetime warranty

Service & Support Details
Response Time: Next day

Product Reviews
Cisco Meraki MX64 Cloud Managed - security appliance is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Features we most use are the SD-WAN and auto failover for dual ISP connections. Seem to work in harsh environments very well. Valuable Features:The features we see and use the most are the SD-WAN, auto failover for dual ISP connections, auto failover for our VPN connections and the bandwidth monitoring are the main features. Alerting and monitoring are the next feature we see as being very beneficial.Improvements to My Organization:As the only network admin in the company, I have to monitor nine remote sites (production and shipping facilities) and 12 remote VPN connections from various smaller facilities. Each location is a processing facility, which, when in season, runs 24 x 7 for the duration they are in production. During this time frame, not having a tech support person on site to fix problems is a huge cost savings for us. I see problems usually before they are large enough to need someone on site and with the cloud services I can remotely control ports, firewall connections and equipment on line. Meraki products are very solid and seem to work in harsh environments very well.Room for Improvement:I do wish you could control some ports locally from a console, but this is not the case. The only thing you can control locally is the uplink ports.Use of Solution:We have been using Meraki network switches and firewalls for 3.5 years and they work very well.Stability Issues:We haven’t had any stability problems. These MX-64, MX-84 and MX-100 devices are very durable and seems to work well in harsh environments. Our environment is fresh vegetable processing and shipping warehouses with coolers.Scalability Issues:We have not encountered and problems with scalability. We started with 1 Mx-64, migrated to MX-84, then straight up to 2x MX-100 in a high availability configuration. We started out with 100 devices and now we are 430 devices with dual Fiber WAN connections and it runs very smoothly. We currently just integrated a MS-425-32 port 10 GB network switch and it works very well.Technical Support:We have had no technical support problems that could not be resolved, between our Meraki rep and their tech support services. Being available 24 hours it’s very nice to have that kind of service and support.Previous Solutions:We used to be an HPE shop. I pulled out all that equipment, and installed Meraki switches and firewalls. It’s been so nice. I have visibility into the network, as well as remote links.Initial Setup:Like any new equipment or networking gear, it did take a bit of time to learn the in’s and out’s and limitations of the Meraki gear. It’s not the Cisco CLI console that I was used to, so it was different to learn.Cost and Licensing Advice:Well, you get what you pay for. If you want good products that work well and are easy to configure, as well as remote control, you have to weigh the pricing options. Is it worth the extra few bucks? I think so. Meraki comes with a limited lifetime warranty and they will replace the failed unit overnight if one fails.Other Solutions Considered:We tried several other firewalls, such as SonicWall NSA, Cisco ASA, pfSense, Juniper, and Untangled. We found the Meraki firewalls to be the best fit.Other Advice:Make sure you have your network planned out, mapped out and you can see exactly where you need the devices installed. Get a Meraki rep to assist you in the device selection and implementation. Also, try before you buy.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from If you need a simple firewall / content filter, maybe... In my opinion, this firewall allows ANY ANY on internal networks by default, does not have many of the features other firewalls in this price range have, and has limited to no value once your license expires.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's self managed and saves a bunch of time and effort. Valuable Features:AutoVPN features allow you extremely simple mesh or site to site IPSEC VPN tunnels with no configuration. It's self managed and saves a bunch of time and effort.Setup and configuration is cloud controller based so you just setup anything you need and don't actually have to configure the device other than to ship it to where it's going, and it configures itself with the settings you used without needing to hit the local LAN interface.Improvements to My Organization:Setup and configuration could not be quicker. Their support is also unlimited, you call, you get a person who knows what they're doing and they always solve the problem.Room for Improvement:There are a few things that are odd that I can do with other firewall products that I can't do with a Meraki. Such as - wanting to setup two firewalls in front of the same protected subnet. Since they 'act' like one when they are added, it won't let you setup the firwall in the traditional way where it's on the same LAN and has a proper public IP. When you attempt to save, because of their oversimplification of firewalls, it complains that you already have a firewall in front of that subnet. The only choice the leave you is to match the exact firewall and use their built in high availability. I don't want to do that in this case because I was intentionally terminating certain VPN tunnels on one, and other tunnels on the other. I could do this with an ASA, CheckPoint ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/vendors/check-point ), SonicWALL ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/dell-sonicwall-tz ), or Fortinet ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/vendors/fortinet ), but not here.Use of Solution:About 2 or 3 years and across 80 plus sites.Technical Support:Tech support is California based today. Good in most cases, but they have no power in true design change requests. Some things they don't have in the interface are only viewable by Meraki.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's self managed and saves a bunch of time and effort. Valuable Features:AutoVPN features allow you extremely simple mesh or site to site IPSEC VPN tunnels with no configuration. It's self managed and saves a bunch of time and effort.Setup and configuration is cloud controller based so you just setup anything you need and don't actually have to configure the device other than to ship it to where it's going, and it configures itself with the settings you used without needing to hit the local LAN interface.Improvements to My Organization:Setup and configuration could not be quicker. Their support is also unlimited, you call, you get a person who knows what they're doing and they always solve the problem.Room for Improvement:There are a few things that are odd that I can do with other firewall products that I can't do with a Meraki. Such as - wanting to setup two firewalls in front of the same protected subnet. Since they 'act' like one when they are added, it won't let you setup the firwall in the traditional way where it's on the same LAN and has a proper public IP. When you attempt to save, because of their oversimplification of firewalls, it complains that you already have a firewall in front of that subnet. The only choice the leave you is to match the exact firewall and use their built in high availability. I don't want to do that in this case because I was intentionally terminating certain VPN tunnels on one, and other tunnels on the other. I could do this with an ASA, CheckPoint, SonicWALL, or Fortinet, but not here.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Aimed at the SMB The MX64 is perfect for a small-medium business who has a need for advanced security features and capabilities but does not have the size or labor force to be able to afford a full time Cisco trained network engineer. Easy to use and with powerful features: firewall, site-to-site vpn, client vpn, web filtering, traffic capture, automated alerts. The MX64 doesn't have all the features of a full blown solution, but it has 95+% of what you need at 10% of the cost.I'm particularly fond of being able to pre-configuring a via the cloud and sending it to a remote site directly without needing to route it through the home office first.
Date published: 2016-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These firewalls are easy to configure and they provide site-to-site VPN's. Valuable Features:* Easy to configure* Provides site-to-site VPN's* VLAN's* DHCP* multiple WANsImprovements to My Organization:We are using it as a content filtering and load balancing application.Room for Improvement:They should improve load balancing.Deployment Issues:We had no issues with the deployment.Stability Issues:We have had issue with the load balancing.Scalability Issues:We have had no issues scaling.Technical Support:Meraki support is really good.Previous Solutions:We also use Meraki MR and Aerohive devices.Initial Setup:Meraki setup is really easy.Other Advice:Both Meraki and Aerohive are good products, and I prefer Meraki. I work with Meraki products in production. Meraki are more intuitive than Aerohive.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: I'm a Meraki partner.
Date published: 2016-03-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Missing Key Features of a Firewall / Proxy If you need a simple firewall / content filter and are not hosting any services, using a VPN, or doing really anything other then protecting your network from hackers and browsing the web then the MX64 will be fine. Otherwise I HIGHLY recommend avoiding the Cisco Meraki MX product line.To say the Cisco Meraki MX series is missing some essential features of a firewall/proxy box would be a huge understatement. For example one of their big selling points is how easy it is to setup a site to site VPN. It is pretty easy, I will admit that, but once setup some of the key features are either hard to use or missing completely. For example there is a section called "Site to Site VPN Firewall". You would think this is a firewall to restrict traffic between a site to site VPN and you would be right. However the firewall rules have to be written out per IP address and per port. So if you want bi-directional communication between one of your subnets and one of your remote peers subnet for 10 different ports you have to write 20 rules, 10 from your subnet to theirs for each port and another ten the other way. If you have 5 subnets internally and they have 5 subnets those same 10 ports will now take 500 SEPARATE RULES! It doesn't allow you to put in multiple subnets and ports per line. And if you are doing a Site to Site VPN with a Non-Meraki peer then the site to site firewall doesn't work at all. I talked to tech support (January 2016) about this and they said that is true and its not a "feature that has been implemented yet".The problem is this is one of many features that haven't been implemented. For example the client VPN can be setup a single way, L2TP. It uses Aggressive mode IKE with a preshared key, which by the way fails PCI compliance scans. When asked about this I was told that's the only option and they are not looking to change that.Logging is a big missing one also. You can write firewall rules and the interface lets you see "hits" against each rule but there is no way to see what actually was accepted or blocked by a rule. So if you write all your rules and then you have a Deny rule as your last rule, a industry standard, there is no way to actually log what is hitting the deny rule. There is no way to see whats hitting any rule other then a hit counter. When I asked tech support about that (January 2016) I was told "Oh, just put a allow all rule before your deny rule". *smh*These are examples of the shortcomings I've found in the first month of working with the MX units and I've asked my sales person what the return policy is on it. I have both a MX84 and a MX64 and both have the same limitations and issues. I am coming from a Forefront TMG 2010 server which at 6 years old and going end of life this year has twice the features and is easier to use then this device. This really feels like a incomplete product just thrown on the market and touted as "Cloud Enabled" to make it sell but it's a bunch of smoke and mirrors.
Date published: 2016-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No upgrade path I have purchased several of Meraki's appliances for 10 offices, but when we tried to consolidate 3 offices in to 1 I wanted to trade in/up 3 smaller MX devices in to a larger unit. NO GO, I had to purchase the larger unit as well as the License key as those are not upgradable. So if you really need to think about where your company is going in the next few years before purchasing this product as you will be left with devices you cannot use.
Date published: 2015-12-03
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