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Meraki this week announced the MX60 Cloud Managed Router. Their MX line, introduced in January, is not equipped with WiFi. It is a small router designed for small branches that need security, such as retail chains, clinics, and other enterprises.

The MX60, like Meraki’s WiFi routers, feature cloud-based centralized management, monitoring, and traffic shaping tools.

Key features include:

  • Cloud-based centralized management, monitoring, and tools
  • Complete firewall services, content filtering, antivirus/antiphishing
  • Layer 7 Application Traffic Shaping and user fingerprints
  • Self-configuring site-to-site VPN

A suite of cloud security tools, a 99.99 percent uptime SLA, and third party audits of its cloud networking service.

With an attractive, low profile industrial design, it’s the newest addition to Meraki’s MX series cloud managed routers. Meraki says it is the industry’s only small branch router and firewall with out-of-the-box centralized management and claims to provide 50 percent savings over traditional branch solutions. It costs $995

Meraki’s competitors include the Cisco 7500 cloud controller, Aruba Instant and Aerohive’s Hive Manager. The $99 Ubiquiti UniFi access point also lets you install, configure, and manage all of your UniFi Wireless Access Points from one User Interface. PowerCloud Systems adds enterprises-level cloud management functions to the $100 Access Point.

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