Meraki MX85 firewall

Meraki MX85 Next-Gen firewall

Meraki has developed an unprecedentedly easy-to-navigate ecosystem for its’ products to co-exist in. And this cloud-based, centrally managed platform has only grown in size and maturity. Over time, a growing, increasingly-loyal customer base have simply come to expect their Merakis to be simple to set up, easy to use, and a breeze to manage. Well, the Meraki MX85 is no different!

The MX85 is a predictably friendly little appliance that puts non-IT types at ease with it’s ‘snap’ deployment. In fact, MX85 can be installed in seconds, and is completely cloud-managed. At that point, it then gets all of its firmware upgrades through an SSL connection. The VPN can be set up in 5 minutes.


Basically, the MX85 does everything the MX84 does, just better. Both have hands-off set-up, stateful firewall, Layer 7 application visibility, traffic shaping, and content filtering. But where the MX84 pushes 500 Mbps of Stateful Firewall Throughput, the MX85 reaches 1 Gbps. VPN Throughput for the MX84 is up to 250 Mbps, for the MX85 its 500 Mbps. Advanced Security Throughput are 320 Mbps and 750 Mbps, respectively. The MX85 can support up to 250 users, about 50 more than the MX84

The interfaces are a little different; the MX84 has 10x GbE 2 × SFP USB 3G/4G ports. On the other hand, the MX85 has 2x GbE SFP and 2x GbE RJ45 (1x PoE+) WAN ports, and 8x GbE RJ45 and 2x GbE SFP USB 3G/4G LAN ports.

Tell me about Meraki’s licensing. What is this, and why do I need it?

All Merakis require valid licensing to operate. These are on a “per device, per year” basis. The MX series has three licenses: Enterprise, Advanced Security, and Secure SD-WAN Plus. These are available in 1, 3, and 5 year options.

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Meraki MX85 Next-Generation firewall


Features of the Meraki MX85

The MX85 is ideal for small to medium businesses, and also schools, hospitals, and institutional settings. As such, it has features like Content filtering, Google SafeSearch and YouTube for Schools. Plus, there’s Intrusion detection and prevention, Advanced Malware Protection, and Auto VPN™ self-configuring site-to-site VPN. It supports 75 VPN tunnels.

The MX series is the industry’s only 100% cloud-managed UTM firewall/SD-WAN in a single appliance. MX appliances self-provision, automatically pulling policies and configuration settings from the cloud. This auto-pilot personality is typical of all of Meraki’s products. They’re just easygoing, plug-and-play devices that non-IT types feel comfortable with. And it’s one of the big reasons they are so well-loved in the educational, healthcare, and small business sectors.

Do you know why Meraki is a great fit for the healthcare sector?

Working in IT networking and security in the healthcare sector is a pretty unique experience. Why? because keeping technology running is a critical part of patient care and saving lives. Can you say ‘pressure’? Especially as threats like ransomwares are becoming so much more prevalent and sophisticated. Click here to learn how Meraki is ideal for meeting the challenges unique in this field.

Meraki MX85 highlights

1 Gbps Stateful Firewall Throughput
500 Mbps VPN Throughput
750 Mbps Advanced Security Throughput
Supports 250 VPN tunnels

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