MR36 and MR44 in same enviroment

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jmorphew
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MR36 and MR44 in same enviroment

I am in the middle of deploying 40+ MR36 access points in an office/warehouse environment.   I need to add an additional 15 access points to cover some changes with the building layout.  The MR36 is on backorder about 2 months and they are recommending the MR44 has a replacement.  Waiting 2 months is possible, but creates a tight timeline.

 

Is it OK to mix the MR36 and MR44 or will that lead to connectivity issues down the road?  

 

 

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Bruce
Kind of a big deal

Re: MR36 and MR44 in same enviroment

Can't see why that would be a problem. The MR36 is a Wifi 6 access point with 2x2 MIMO on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios, whereas the MR44 is Wifi 6 with 2x2 MIMO on the 2.4GHz radio and 4x4 MIMO on the 5GHz radio. They're both Wifi 6, so no issues there. Only possible issue is some clients may prefer to attach to a further away MR44 as it will potentially offer great bandwidth (being 4x4), rather than a closer MR36, but that should just take some fine tuning. (The MR44 devices should be slightly better for higher density areas if you have any, and if you can position them there).

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Inderdeep
Kind of a big deal

Re: MR36 and MR44 in same enviroment

@jmorphew : You can mix both these models as they are Wi-fi 6 models (MR36 and MR44) and i dont think there will be any issue at all.

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https://documentation.meraki.com/General_Administration/Firmware_Upgrades/MR_Mixed_Firmware_Networks 

 

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Inderdeep Singh
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Bruce
Kind of a big deal

Re: MR36 and MR44 in same enviroment

Can't see why that would be a problem. The MR36 is a Wifi 6 access point with 2x2 MIMO on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios, whereas the MR44 is Wifi 6 with 2x2 MIMO on the 2.4GHz radio and 4x4 MIMO on the 5GHz radio. They're both Wifi 6, so no issues there. Only possible issue is some clients may prefer to attach to a further away MR44 as it will potentially offer great bandwidth (being 4x4), rather than a closer MR36, but that should just take some fine tuning. (The MR44 devices should be slightly better for higher density areas if you have any, and if you can position them there).

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jmorphew
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Re: MR36 and MR44 in same enviroment

Thank you for the quick reply!

jmorphew
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Re: MR36 and MR44 in same enviroment

Thanks for the quick help!

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