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Network That contains both an MR access point and a security appliance with integrated wireless.

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Network That contains both an MR access point and a security appliance with integrated wireless.

I'm getting this error: This network contains both an MR access point and a security appliance with integrated wireless. The security appliance will not mesh with the access point and some aspects of the client experience, such as roaming, may be negatively affected by this network configuration.

 

I understand that this is because I'm using both and MR AP and a MX64W. I would like to use both access points w/the same SSID's. Does this have to be 2 split networks? Is there a way to properly configure this or a best practice configuration so roaming will work correctly on both the MR and the MX without splitting the networks?

Mikey Romero
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Re: Network That contains both an MR access point and a security appliance with integrated wireless.

@Mikey you are correct, the wireless version of the MX appliances are meant to be for small standalone deployments as @PhilipDAth indicated.  If you then add an MR to that same network, you would have to manage it as 2 separate wireless networks, one from the Wireless locale in Dashboard and one from the Wireless Settings page under the Security Appliance locale.  This can work but not seamlessly and not best practice, it's still 2 separate networks and was not meant to scale in that fashion.  The way to scale that is deploying a non-W MX appliance (or disabling wireless on the MX) and deploying 2 access points to be managed as a single wireless network from the Wireless menu.  

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Re: Network That contains both an MR access point and a security appliance with integrated wireless.

I would keep them in the same network, otherwise things might get worse.

 

I would try and use a bridge mode SSID to minimise problems.

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Re: Network That contains both an MR access point and a security appliance with integrated wireless.

Seriously?! we are doing a test on our remote sites and this is a deal breaker.  What garbage.  Why make a security device to vpn to main branch that doesnt fully integrate with your existing product. 

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Re: Network That contains both an MR access point and a security appliance with integrated wireless.

This really doesn't make any sense.  If I have a small office and I just want two wireless points, you're forcing me to buy three devices even though you sell a router with wireless capability! 

 

There is absolutely no reason to prevent this from integrating other than you wanting to make more money.

 

This is terrible. 

 

I have always enjoyed Meraki devices and platform. I think it's awesome that you have brought the power of CLI to a useable UI and given us what we need to setup networks quickly and easily (albeit with a yearly price attached).

What I don't get is this apparent bizarre decision.

 

What could possibly justify not allowing the two wireless networks to mesh?

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Re: Network That contains both an MR access point and a security appliance with integrated wireless.

I totally agree. I switched to ruckus unleashed and disabled the WiFi and regret getting this WiFi “model.” It appears Cisco has gotten too big and is focusing on profit over customer satisfaction.
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Re: Network That contains both an MR access point and a security appliance with integrated wireless.

@Mikey you are correct, the wireless version of the MX appliances are meant to be for small standalone deployments as @PhilipDAth indicated.  If you then add an MR to that same network, you would have to manage it as 2 separate wireless networks, one from the Wireless locale in Dashboard and one from the Wireless Settings page under the Security Appliance locale.  This can work but not seamlessly and not best practice, it's still 2 separate networks and was not meant to scale in that fashion.  The way to scale that is deploying a non-W MX appliance (or disabling wireless on the MX) and deploying 2 access points to be managed as a single wireless network from the Wireless menu.  

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Re: Network That contains both an MR access point and a security appliance with integrated wireless.

This would make more sense if you had 4:4 instead of 2:2 in the MX65w to handle a remote site solo.

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Re: Network That contains both an MR access point and a security appliance with integrated wireless.

With all due respect, this is an observation which we also made as users. 
Please take into consideration this as a feedback and try to implement the option to mesh the security appliance with the MR.

Best regards,
Adrian

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