We recently reviewed the Meraki MT10 environmental sensor. Now we’ll look at the Meraki MT11. The MT10 is what Meraki calls a temperature and humidity sensor. On the other hand, the MT11 is an ‘indoor temperature probe sensor.’ Like everything Meraki makes, it is easily and masterfully controlled from the cloud. Meraki’s cloud platform allows you to deploy anywhere, and control everything. Real easy.
How do MT’s communicate with the Meraki Dashboard?
MT Sensors uses BLE to communicate with Meraki IoT gateways. Supported IoT gateway devices are 2nd Generation MV’s and Wi-Fi 6 MR’s. Specifically, those are the MV12(N/W/WE), MV22(X), MV32, and MV72(X) cameras. This also includes the MR36, MR45, MR44, MR46, MR46E, MR55, MR56, MR76, and MR86 access points.
As long as the sensor is within range of the gateway, it will automatically pick up the BLE signal and connect.
Sampling rate and connection frequency
In order to conserve battery life, MT sensors are in sleep mode most of the time. They wake up at a set interval to connect and report the data to the gateway. This in turn uploads it to the Meraki Cloud. In the case of the MT10 and MT11, the data sampling is 2 minutes, at 20 minute intervals.
What’s the difference between the MT10 and MT11?
As we at Corporate Armor like to say, “Glad you asked!” As stated above, the MT11 is designed for refrigerated environments. Even freezing ones. The MT11 has a significantly greater temperature sensor range than the MT10, from -40°C – 55°C (-40°F – 131°F). By contrast, the MT10 goes from 0°C – 55°C (32F° – 131F°).
Good things to know about the Meraki MT11
It is recommended to have a maximum of 8 sensors per gateway to ensure connection quality.
Concerning range, remember that these devices chat with the gateway in BLE 4.2. So range depends on the same principles as 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi.
Even though there is a metal-enclosed option available, the MT11 is designed for indoor use only, just like the rest of the MT series. For example, the MT12 is IPX5 rated, meaning it can resist a sustained, low-pressure water jet spray. The MT12 also has a rubber liner to protect the power/battery compartment from exposure to water spray. Still, it is recommended NOT to submerge any MT series sensor in water.
All MT sensors come with AA batteries included. These batteries will last for about 5 years. However, if you want a “permanent” powering solution, there is a USB Power adapter available.
Use cases for the MT11
The MT11 probe sensor detects temperature changes in refrigerated environments. It proactively identifies equipment issues and prevents the loss of perishable goods. There’s also a metal-cased option.
So, Meraki is introducing a range of sensors to prevent loss and increase operational efficiency. Other solutions tend to be complicated to install. They also don’t scale and are tough to use. They do not give businesses simple and reliable visibility into their critical assets. The MT series remedies this by enabling you to maximize network uptimes, reduce equipment failure and unnecessary site visits, and deliver great customer service.
Our sensors are simple, scalable and secure. And they connect to the dashboard using the MV/MR which removes the need for expensive gateways. Customers can now gain real-time visibility into their critical business environment form a single pane of glass. And, if you have any further questions about the MT11, please email us or call 877-449-0458. Thanks for reading!