4x4 Wave 2 and Multigigabit Access Points
|MR52 & MR53 Access Point|
The MR53 also offers two ethernet ports for link aggregation, but one of those ports introduces a new concept we'll be hearing a lot about in the coming years: Multigigabit.
|Multigigabit 802.3at PoE Injector|
To complement the MR53, Meraki also announced a new Multigigabit 802.3at PoE injector, capable of handling the variable data rates while still providing 30W of power. It MSRPs for $399.
Multigigabit and New Fiber Aggregation Switches
|MS350-24X Multigagibit Switch|
With Multigigabit APs, so to comes a like-minded switch in the new MS350-24X, a 24 port rack-mountable unit with 8 Multigigabit ports. It also features UPoE as an option an any port, which provides up to 60W of power. The remaining 16 ports are 1 Gigabit, and there are 4 SFP uplinks allowing for fiber. Available now for $7,495 MSRP for the hardware.
|MS425-32 Fiber Aggregation Swtich|
Ringing in Summer with IP Phones
Finally, Meraki has released the MC74 - the first model of Cloud Managed Phone managed in the same Dashboard interface users have come to know and love from Meraki products. Not only that, end-users can configure their personal preferences and settings via a web portal, and with this model, teleworkers no longer need to configure a complex VPN design to utilize their phones from off-site locations. Plug them in via ethernet, and they're ready to go.
|MC74 Cloud Managed Phone|
Meraki's IP phone solution comes with a 7" touch screen, two USB ports, and integrates with Salesforce and Google Aps. The phone itself MSRPs for $599, and the software license is $150 per year. Additionally, the SIP service is required for $8.95 per year. Meraki's warranty on the hardware is good for 2-years - a plus, as most other brands only offer one year.
Meraki Meets New Infrastructure Demands
Meraki products have always set themselves apart from the competition with their ultra-user-friendly layer-7 Dashboard management software. Where other brands require confusing command-line interfaces to create VLANs, VPNs, security policies, etc, Meraki makes simple with a handful of clicks.
Meraki is continues to build on that superior interface foundation with hardware infrastructure that supports new highs in terms of capacity. Releasing APs that can transmit over 1 Gbps doesn't mean much if your switch ports are stuck at that 1 Gigabit limit. So far this year, Meraki is proving that they have thought through these bottlenecks, and provide users with a full-stack solution to keep pace with the data demands of tomorrow.