Meraki MX100 Next-Gen firewall review

Meraki MX Security Appliances make it easy. What, exactly? Well, setting up, managing, and securing high quality network infrastructure, even for those who are not ‘technical.’ The Meraki MX100 firewall shares the Meraki family DNA for being super easy to use!

The MX100 is one of Meraki’s mid-tier firewalls. This friendly, easy-to-setup appliance puts non-IT types at ease with it’s ‘snap’ deployment. The MX100 is easy to configure even for people who have never done so before. Additionally, their tech support gets high marks. Plus, the MX100 is completely cloud-managed. Therefore, it gets all of its firmware upgrades through an SSL connection. The VPN can be set up in about 5 minutes.

Okay, it’s easy to use. But what can the Meraki MX100 do?

The MX100 has Stateful Firewall Throughput of up to 750 Mbps and VPN Throughput of 500 Mbps. It also has Advanced Security Throughput of 650 Mbps. Additionally, it can support up to 500 users and 250 VPN tunnels.

What about features?

For one thing, the Meraki MX100 sports internally integrated SD-WAN technology. That adds networking ability to the mix that not all firewalls have. That’s not only a convenience, but a potential savings, as well. It definitely simplifies life for the non-IT professionals this appliance was designed for.

Of course, you also get all the great features common to Meraki security appliances. Besides the stateful inspection firewall, it also boasts auto-configuring site-to-site VPN services, and IPSec client VPN. Meraki has one of the easiest VPNs to deploy on the market. Identity based policies can also be easily configured, which is critical for BYOD environments.

Additionally, you get traffic-shaping options for your Meraki network. The Meraki MX100 has full Layer 7 app visibility with per-app security and network configuration. And, there’s built-in web caching for additional bandwidth savings. It can also automatically choose between the two WANs depending on traffic type.

The MX100 offers superb protection while streamlining most administrative functions. And, since it’s a Layer 7 firewall, the MX100 can enforce quite granular content filtering options. For instance, you can grant greater access to individuals, groups, or applications based on specific criteria. In addition, the MX100 supports Content Filtering, Web Content Filtering, and Intrusion Detection.

Who needs the MX100?

The MX100 is not only ideal for medium-sized businesses. It’s also well-positioned to work within a wide variety of growing SMBs. And, because of the MX100’s imminent scalability, it boasts plenty of room and power to keep up with high-demand environments in businesses of just about any size.

In conclusion, for a true mid-to-Enterprise sized firewall, you have an unexpectedly user-friendly appliance with the MX100. One that integrates with other devices and self-configures, in fact.

But no matter the size of your network, you can call Corporate Armor at 877-449-0458, or email us with any questions you may have. We have long experience with the Meraki family of products and solutions, and we can’t wait to serve you!

Highlights of the Meraki MX100

750 Mbps Firewall Throughput
500 Mbps VPN Throughput
500 Recommended Clients
Content Filtering, Web Content Filtering