Advanced Protection from Cisco Meraki

Firewalls, switches, and access points (or APs) are critical equipment components required to run a network and protect it from threats. Even though these equipment components appear similar, they are distinct in functionality.

Cisco Meraki has changed how the industry used to think about network management. The out-of-band cloud architecture provides safe, scalable, secure, and easy-to-implement solutions you can access from anywhere. You can use any device and access the web-based Meraki dashboard and mobile device application. Cisco Meraki is the market-leading firewall, switch and access point platform, offering businesses of any size high-quality networking equipment with comprehensive control and management accessible from a single dashboard. Its software includes state-of-the-art features and capabilities.

Cisco Meraki’s Product Portfolio

Since their main focus is cloud devices, its first device was a cloudmanaged access point. However, since then, the company has produced a variety of other products, which include:

Meraki Dashboard
An enterprise-grade cloud management solution.

MR Product Line
Outdoor and indoor access points, containing built-in Bluetooth Low Energy and security beaconing.

MX Product Line
Security devices offering switching, routing, remote access and wireless features.

Stackable L2 and L3
Switches with inventive features enabled by the cloudmanaged architecture.

What is a Firewall?

Typically, a firewall is a shield or network security system that works as a ‘wall’ between an internal and external network. The main purpose of a firewall is to protect internal connections (or LANs) from external attacks while preventing a system breach.

The router will pass traffic blindly between the internal and external networks without filtering if a firewall isn’t present. So, a firewall monitors traffic and blocks unauthorized traffic from entering the internal system.

In simple terms, a firewall works as an antivirus that filters URLs, files, content, and mail, while also controlling application behavior and protecting from DDoS attacks.

Cisco Meraki
Cisco Meraki

What are Switches & Access Points?

A switch is a high-performance hub that sends data back and forth while recording the MAC addresses of every sender and receiver. Throughout the process, the switch learns every device connected to every port. In short, a switch connects firewalls, routers, and wireless access points to client devices, including computers, printers, etc. It works as the central point connection for all devices connected to the network.

An access point (AP) is a LAN component that increases a computer network’s wireless coverage. As a result, more than one user can connect to the same computer network at a time. APs only offer access to devices connected to the router of an established network. They transform the wired signal into wireless to create a connection between devices through WiFi.

The best software and hardware equipment to protect your organization from external threats are the Meraki products by Cisco. Scale your systems with added security and efficiency for the best protection possible.

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