Meraki’s Outdoor Cloud-Controlled Hotspots

Meraki today introduced two new outdoor 802.11n cloud controlled wireless access points for harsh outdoor and industrial indoor environments.

The single radio Meraki MR62 and the dual-radio MR66 are designed for outdoor wireless LANs, with high client density and bandwidth-intensive applications.

The MR66 features two concurrent radios, with speeds up to 600 Mbps for the most demanding environments. The single-radio MR62, with speeds up to 300 Mbps, is designed for value-oriented outdoor WLANs.

Both access points feature a sleek, attractive industrial design.

Key features include:

  • Powerful radio platform: up to 600 Mbps throughput, Gigabit Ethernet ports (802.3af PoE compatible), and extra CPU and memory to handle over 100 clients per AP
  • Layer 7 Application Traffic Shaping to throttle apps like BitTorrent while prioritizing voice and video
  • Ultra-high performance, self-healing mesh routing for hard-to-wire areas and point-to-point links
  • Built-in network access control (NAC) to secure the network from viruses and intrusion
  • Water and dust sealed ruggedized enclosure

Meraki’s cloud-based centralized management provides unified views of all your devices, including mobile clients connected to third-party networks.

Meraki says their enterprise-class, $1200 dual-radio, cloud-based outdoor system is cheaper and easier to install and maintain than competitors like the $3295 Aruba MSR 2000 or the $3262 Cisco 1552.

On the other hand, inexpensive, indoor WiFi hotspots can also be cloud-controlled using Power Cloud Systems. Their software can be embedded on hardware like Ubiquity’s UniFi hotspots for as little as $100 a pop.

Posted by Sam Churchill on .

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