I think there are some concepts regarding Meraki you'd might need to research.
The Meraki Dashboard is not some system that is hosted locally on the Meraki devices themselves. The Meraki Dashboard is hosted centrally in the "The Cloud", and is available at https://dashboard.meraki.com.
When you buy your first Meraki product you browse to the Meraki Dashboard, where you create an account, and claim your Meraki Device by serial and a License by serial. Often times both Hardware and license is shipped togoether, bundled in a Meraki Order No. Typically, that number starts with 5S, nowadays.
After claiming your devices and adding them to a Meraki Network, you are more or less ready to go. What's next is to ensure that your Meraki device can contact the Meraki Cloud Registry, by any means possible using the internet. If you have an internet connection, you can connect your Meraki device to that, and it will attempt to contact Meraki Cloud by itself.
You don't need to know anything about how it connects to the Meraki Cloud Registry. In terms of basic configuration, you don't necessarily need to do any; as long as the Meraki Device can achieve an IP address through DHCP and there is a internet connection.
It is imperative, that Meraki has internet connectivity. Otherwise, you Meraki Device won't work. This is also one of the reasons that Meraki is considered Cloud-based and Cloud-managed networking. I'd suggest perhaps you watch this videon on YouTube.
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