Cisco’s Meraki have announced the release of Meraki Go, a new range of wireless access-point infrastructure designed for small businesses and the service sector.
The move suggests Cisco is seeking to expand their enterprise WI-Fi offering to a wider market, supporting smaller installations and public-access areas such as cafes, shops, hotels and small offices. Pricing is currently only available via certain routes (including Lineal), however many expect Go to represent a more cost-effective way to deploy the premium Wi-Fi features for which Cisco’s Meraki technology has become famous.
New access points have been previewed, for both indoor and outdoor settings. Slightly smaller than the enterprise range, these include a simple 1 Year hardware warranty, suggesting the hardware may be better suited to public-access locations, carry a lower cost of entry, and make more regular replacement a viable option.
Not that Cisco have fallen short on the feature set. In addition to web blocking of unwanted websites and usage limits on traffic, Meraki have included the all-important ability to run multiple Wi-Fi networks in parallel via the same hardware – an important tool for the service sector businesses needing both staff and public access Wi-Fi.
Both indoor and outdoor access-point models can be powered via a single ethernet cable from a POE switch to minimise cabling, include wall mountings as standard, and act as a ‘Mesh’ network; passing connected devices between the access-point with the strongest connection, without the need for the end-user to re-connect to the network as they move location.
Like its big brother, Meraki Go will require a subscription (either 1, 3 or 5 years), which provides support and security updates to Meraki’s supporting cloud-management app. As before, system admins can cloud-manage and configure their whole Meraki Go network via the Meraki management app, on PC/Mac, remotely or via their smartphone.
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