Meraki brings 802.11AC and Beacons!

Today we are excited to introduce two additions to the Cisco Meraki product family: the MR32 and MR72 cloud-managed wireless access points, featuring 802.11ac WiFi and Beacon (Bluetooth Low Energy) technology. With the enhanced location capabilities provided by Beacon technology, these devices open many new avenues for active customer engagement.

The MR32 and MR72 dual-band, general purpose APs build on the Meraki 802.11ac portfolio, offering two-stream, 2x2 options for indoor and outdoor deployments, respectively. A few of the industry-leading capabilities built into these APs include:
Built-in Bluetooth Beacons enable location-aware apps and active customer engagement, without the cost and complexity of deploying iBeacon hardware

Integrated Beacons

Beacons enhance location capabilities and enable more active customer engagement, such as with iBeacons, and with the MR32 and MR72 there’s no need to deploy dedicated iBeacon hardware. Beacons broadcast periodic advertisements over Bluetooth. Visitors’ devices hear the advertisements and trigger opt–in location services, such as a push notification on a smartphone or indoor navigation assistance. iBeacons, Apple’s opt–in form of BLE, enable such services and are integrated into the MR32 and MR72. Beacon–enabled services add to the rich location capabilities already available on the Meraki APs through CMX (Connected Mobile Experience).

The new APs also include the rich, cloud-managed feature set common to the entire Meraki wireless portfolio and feature the dedicated security radio technology found in other Meraki APs.

WiFi, Security, and Bluetooth Together

The new APs feature three integrated WiFi radios. The APs include one radio each for:

  • 2.4 GHz, for 802.11b/g/n clients
  • 5 GHz, for 802.11ac and 802.11a/n clients
  • dedicated security and automated RF optimization

New outdoor goodies

The MR72 looks very similar to the MR32, but its sleek looks hide rigorous environmental credentials. It’s designed to withstand extreme temperature ranges, from -40°F to 140°F (-40°C to 60°C) and earned an IP67 rating due to its high degree of resistance to dust and water. Along with the new MR72, we’re introducing four new exterior antennas:

  • omni–directional, dual–band (pair)—provides broad coverage for general purpose applications
  • Sector antenna, 2.4 GHz—provides directional coverage
  • Sector antenna, 5 GHz—provides directional coverage
  • Dual-band patch antenna (2.4 and 5 GHz)—provides narrow–width patch coverage or point–to–point mesh connectivity between wireless APs

New Meraki sector antenna

Meraki sector antenna

Learn More

Join us to learn about our newest wireless products: the MR 32 and MR 72. Equipped with industry-leading 802.11ac and all new Beacon technology, these access points offer 2x2 options for indoor and outdoor deployments, as well as enhancements to our cloud-managed location capabilities for more active customer engagement. As this is a new feature webinar, we will not be offering a free access point.

Free AP eligibility To be eligible for a free access point, participants must be an IT professional. Existing Meraki customers are not eligible. Limit of one free AP per company.

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