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[Submissions closed] Happy New Year! What are your Network Resolutions?

Community Manager

Photo credit: @rickrPhoto credit: @rickrLast year, in our 2018 Network Resolutions contest, this community aspired to install new gear, clean up crazy cables (see photo), get Meraki certified, and even to learn the Meraki API by creating an automated cat door. I know that the cat door project, at least, was completed! (here's the code).


Now it's a new year and time for new resolutions. 


Tell us your 2019 New Year’s Network Resolutions. Three lucky winners will receive some fun Meraki swag!


How to enter

Tell us your Network Resolutions in a comment on this blog post before 12:00pm PST on Thursday (January 10).


How to win

We'll select three entries at random to win a Meraki umbrella — it's a nifty two-layer inverted model, perfect for windy days. (UPDATE: The contest is closed, and the winners have been announced!)


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Good Luck! 🎉  🎇  🎆  🌟




The Fine Print

  • Limit one entry per community member 
  • Submission period: Monday, January 7, 2019 at 4pm PST through Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 12:00 PST
  • Complete rules and eligibility can be found here.
Kind of a big deal

Here's a checklist:

  • Make more time for the Meraki community.
  • Do something Meraki API related in combination with Google assistant.
  • Try to win an MV somehow.
  • Finally find time to go snowboarding again.
  • See all three Matrix movies again.
Comes here often

Learn programming somehow to make use of the Dashboard API to make my life easier ... 😉

Here to help

I do not usually hold with new years resolutions - I am more a fan of "if you want to change something, change it - instead of waiting for some arbitrary date to do it..."


But here goes:


  • Finish the eternity projects (or terminate them if not possible to finish)
  • Do the documentation - even if it sucks...
  • Merakify the last remaining switches in the warehouse 

Bar the last paragraph I think this list applies to many out there... 😉


Here's my starting list - subject to change at any time - usually about a week after starting.


  • Find the time to finish my Meraki and Cisco training.
  • Get the cat repaired (he has a tumor), perhaps sell a kidney to pay for the treatment.
  • Take up a sport, something that doesn't require energy.
  • Spend less time on the computer.
Here to help

My aims are:


  • Remove all redundant cabling after migrating from Cisco Catalyst to Meraki switching infrastructure
  • Learn Meraki API to speed up and simplify network changes
  • Begin writing a business case for switching to Meraki Wireless solution to keep everything in 1 management console
Here to help



Here are my new years resolutions:

1. Take over the world with Meraki, no in fact standardise and refresh our network stack with Meraki.

2. Learn more about Meraki insights.

3. I would love to get an MV for free to test as we have CCTV but a more basic solution.

4. Move our infrastructure to Azure.

5. Replace our telephony.

6. Do more You tube videos..!

7. Introduce flexible working.


That will do for starter for 10.


Comes here often

I want to get 10 more remote users onto Teleworker Gateways (Z3s).


I need to move away from troubleshooting VPN software issues that are caused by operating systems and NIC drivers. 


I'm working as an external engineer and I've got a really interessting project starting right now.


  • Site Survey on 8 buildings and place about 200 MRs
    • Smart Guest Portal with SMS authentication
    • DOT1X Authentication for trusted devices
  • Multiple switch replacement and rewiring all racks
  • MX Firewalls for the 8 buildings with Auto-VPN to get rid of a very expensive MPLS


Kind of a big deal
  • Visit Meraki HQ
  • Meet the awesome crew
  • Gain more Meraki knowledge
  • Travel to visit more countries
  • Spend more time in Meraki community
  • Try to obtain Meraki certifications that arrive

1. try to win this Meraki Umbrella

2. try out the MV cameras

3. play around with Meraki Insight

4. deploy more SD-WAN MXs

5. implement dot1x on Meraki MS


Network Resolution

Finally take the training and get Meraki Certification!


My 2019 New Year’s Network Resolutions are:


  • Selling/installing larger full stack clients projets including cameras
  • Leveraging existing Meraki clients to refer clients and potential projects
  • Demonstrate how easy network problems can be identified and resolved using Meraki Dashboard
Here to help
  • Tweak our WiFi settings so that our MRs will perform even better!
  • Integrate Umbrella with Meraki so that our wireless clients are protected too
  • Study for the CCNA
  • Pie in the sky: get our outside agents across the state on the Meraki train!
A model citizen

Here are a few of my goals for this year. I like to approach things the Meraki way and keep things simple.


  • Last year I created and tested a new network template for my retail stores prior to the holidays. So this year I'll be combining separate networks into combined networks and moving them to a new template using the API and Python. My goal is to get the ~1500 locations done by the end of January.
  • Become a solid member of the Meraki Community and provide more insight into questions or problems other members have and take that as an opportunity broaden my networking knowledge. 
  • To create a better work/life balance I have a goal to go to the gym 5 times a week and get in better physical condition.
  • Take my wife on more camping trips this summer to enjoy the great out doors and put myself in a position to use the Meraki iOS app.
Comes here often


 - Buy and Install new storage

 - Update a few branches to new switches

 - Get security certified.

 - finish swapping out windows 7 desktops with windows 10 encrypted.



 - Work on another Cert (Network / Server)

 - Watch Marvel movies at Theater

 - Print off and test new 3d printer filament (Brass / Carbon Fiber)

 - Workout

 - Eat better 

 - Finish 2 tattoos. 




Network Resolution


Finally take the training and get Meraki CMNO Certification!

Building a reputation




  • Get comfortable with Ekahau ESS
  • Complete the predictive and active Mapping of each site (20 total) 
  • Upgrade the existing WLAN with new Meraki MR42's
  • Flip on Advanced licensing so the Firewalls can take over for the Barracuda
  • Get new switches for Home Office
  • Install the New Routers
  • Look at RIP and Replace for the phone system
  • Take care of everything that comes up in and often outside my department
  • Beg for an intern or recent grad because writting this post has used all the free time I would have had in the next 12 hrs
Kind of a big deal
  • Blame my G/F for me gaining more weight than I wanted
    • Lose the weight
  • Not get angry at my cat every single time he meows
    • Hold him close and never let him go
  • Renew my CCNP-W
  • Get the CCNP-R/S
  • Have another successful wireless deployment of my 5th million square foot warehouse build (MR74 this time yay!)
  • Learn Python so that I can actually use it for work related tasks like instantly and quickly configuring hundreds of ports on cisco switches the same way by using CDP/LLDP data
  • Track down and hunt a Meraki gnome in the wild
New here

Here goes nothing.............

  1. Deploy some more Meraki AP's to fill in some dead spots in some of our buildings.
  2. Install some new cameras at our remote campus and work on replacing some old Axis cams with Meraki.
  3. Stay after my goal of IDF cleanup and organization
  4. Document !!
Kind of a big deal

 I'm with @NPBN's philosophy on New Year's resolutions... But goals for this year for me would be:


  • Convince Meraki to enroll me in the Masters program.
  • Convince my company to send me to Cisco Live again this year.
  • Continue to build my Python proficiency.
  • Figure out what else I want to do with my career next.