The Meraki MR70 is an outdoor-access point for the budget-conscious. It’s a very good option for startups and small businesses. Professionals dealing with the need to create a network very quickly, easily, and cheaply will also appreciate the MR70. In addition, someone organizing an outdoor concert, exhibition or similar event will find the MR70 to be a great choice.
The Meraki MR70, from $526 at Corporate Armor, is an 802.11ac Wave 2 WiFi access point. It’s IP67-rated for outdoor use. It has 2×2 MU-MIMO antennas and moves up to 1.3 Gbps of data. It also has Layer 3-7 integrated protection similar to the MR30H, and guest access. In addition, it has built-in WIPS for threat detection and remediation, and integrated location analytics and heat map. Like all Merakis, the MR70 basically sets itself up. You just have to plug it in.
Incredibly easy to use – of course
As with all Meraki products, the MR70 uses a powerful cloud-based setup. This allows the MR70 to pretty much configure itself. Once that’s done, all subsequent Meraki devices simply pull down their configurations and coordinate with other installed devices. It’s very easy and efficient.
The MR70 comes with all the standard Meraki security features, like a stateful Layer 3-7 firewall and automatic antivirus monitoring. Also, the system does not need manual updating. Updates are automatic via cloud as soon as Meraki releases them.
Of course, everything is controlled in the Meraki Dashboard. And of course, it is exceptionally easy to use. Even networking newcomers can quickly get up and going, while managing networks of any size from a single pane of glass.
Use cases for the Meraki MR70
The MR70 is ideal for athletic fields, garages, or public gardens. It’ also excellent for space-constrained outdoor deployments, and even rapid response emergency kits to quickly deliver wireless in disaster-struck areas. In other words, very easy, instant wireless access.
The MR70 is a dual-radio access point. As mentioned before, it pushes up to 1.3 Gbps of data. That comes to 866 Mbps max in the 5 GHz band and 400 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band. It’s optimized for voice and video, and is monitored 24×7 via the Meraki cloud. And diagnostic tools operate remotely and real-time, over the web.
It doesn’t get any quicker or easier than the Meraki MR70. Just plug in, and it connects to the Meraki cloud. It then downloads its configuration, and joins the appropriate network. The MR70 then optimizes itself, determining the ideal channel, transmit power, and client connection parameters. It will even self-heal when necessary, responding automatically to switch failures and other errors.
Highlights of the Meraki MR70
|1.3 Gbps aggregate frame rate|
|2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac Wave 2|
|Effortless plug-and-play set-up and management|
|Dual-radio 2×2 MU-MIMO|