Can you designate a LAN port as "non advanced security?" to utilize full bandwidth?

RumorConsumer
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Can you designate a LAN port as "non advanced security?" to utilize full bandwidth?

Hey all

 

I am getting a new 1Gbps fiber connection and will be connecting it to a new MX85. 

 

I will have a normal full stack Meraki LAN with maybe 10-12 APs behind the MX's Advanced Security License.

 

However, the MX85 only does Adv Sec to LAN at 500Mbit. So that leaves 500Mbit on the table. Is there a way to designate a single or multiple LAN ports on the MX as "non advanced security" ports that draw on the full 1Gbps capacity if I want to do a fast download or upload using a "secure enough" device?

 

My ISP says they can also just give me another ethernet cable that uses the same bandwidth but if possible I though this might be cleaner.

 

Thanks

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GreenMan
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No - I'm afraid you can't be selective about how Advanced Security features are applied to different ports.   From a security perspective, I'm not sure that's a great idea anyway.   If you need more throughput, better to get a more powerful MX, I'd have thought..?

The rest of my network will be just fine with 500mbit. It’s really going to be for the one off situations where i need a lot of bandwidth. I’ll just use the extra Ethernet from the isp

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Oh and as an aside I would be more than happy to buy a bigger MX. I love Meraki gear but its easy to come across bandwidth these days but harder to find an MX that can take advantage of it at a reasonable cost. Im not some industry pro but Im wondering if you know how much it costs to take advantage of a 1Gbps line using your gear with adv security? From what I can see, its the MX95 which, out the door with a 3 year adv sec license can be yours for only.... $17,000 US MSRP. 

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You can tweak and turn of things(like amp) by using a group policy attached to a vlan. But you cant turn of ips

RumorConsumer
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would that give me more bandwidth on certain clients listed under the policy? what does that give me?

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@RumorConsumer as far as I know the only hard bandwidth limits are the stateful firewall throughput and VPN one  - i.e. 1Gbps and 500Mbps for the MX85.  The advanced throughput is an expected level of performance, though it is actually 750Mbps according to the datasheet:

 

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RumorConsumer
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Oh interesting. This document seems to suggest that with security options it will drop to 500Mbit:

https://meraki.cisco.com/product-collateral/mx-sizing-guide/?file

 

How should we interpret the disparity?

 

Plus, I am going to have a paltry 20 users max all doing relatively little. I need the bandwidth for my own mad science. Is it likely I will see better performance w adv security with such little user weight? 

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The sizing guide is dated Feb 22 and the datasheet is dated March 22 so perhaps the MX95 got an uplift like the MX67/68 did?

RumorConsumer
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whats the MX68 uplift? are they finding more headroom for performance? any links? 

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The MX67/68 originally maxed out at 450Mbps and now goes to 600Mbps.  There was a post here showing the changes.

RumorConsumer
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Oh wow. Thats cool. I have a 68 currently that these very 0s and 1s are traveling through. 

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RumorConsumer
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@Ryan_Miles any info on whether MX85 got a similar treatment or what kind of adv sec performance I *might* see given that Ill mostly have barely any traffic on this 1Gbps line with adv sec on? Do you think Id see more than 750?

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Made many a network over the years, now de facto admin of a retreat center with some of this fine Meraki hardware.
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This change only applied to MX67 & 68.

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