Buying a new firewall can be confusing. We get questions every day from our customers that are trying to find the firewall that best fits their business. The Cisco Meraki MX series of firewalls often comes up in those conversations. And for good reason. The MX series of firewalls are easy to set up and configure, provide top notch security, and are cloud managed. So how do you choose the MX firewall that best fits your business? There are quite a few things to consider when selecting your next firewall. How many users will be connecting? What security features are you looking for? What kind of throughput do you need? These are all legitimate questions that must be considered when purchasing a new firewall. A lot of our customers are in the market for either a Meraki MX67 or MX68. But what are the differences between these two models? Let’s take a quick look at the MX67 and MX68 firewalls and go over what the differences are between them.
The throughput for these two models are the same. Both models offer a stateful throughput of 450 Mbps, and a throughput with all security features enabled of 300 Mbps. Both offer 200 Mbps site to site VPN throughput and both have a 200 Mbps IDS throughput.
Once again, the numbers are the same. Both models are recommended in environments of 50 connected users and both are recommended in sites in need of 50 concurrent VPN connections.
Both offer dual Wan links, 3G/4G fail over, and built in wireless. The wireless capabilities of both of these models are also identical. 802.11 AC Wave 2, 2×2 Multi-user MIMO, and 1.3 Gbps maximum data rate.
What are the differences?
The MX68 has built in PoE. So if you have devices that need power over ethernet, like an access point, you may want to consider the MX68. The MX68 has 2 separate PoE ports. The MX68 also has 2 dedicated RJ45 WAN ports as opposed to the one that is included with the MX67. Another difference between the two models is the number of LAN ports available. The MX67 has 3 dedicated RJ45 ports and 1 convertible LAN/WAN port. The MX68 includes 10 dedicated RJ45 LAN ports and the 2 RJ45 PoE ports.
If you are considering either of these models as your next firewall purchase, it should really come down to whether or not you need PoE and the additional WAN/LAN ports. Consider how many devices you will be connecting to the firewall. Do you have multiple internet connections? Do you need to provide power to an external device via PoE? If you have additional questions about either the Meraki MX67 or MX68 give us a call. Our security experts can help you find the firewall that best fits your business.