Purchase MR36 or MR33?

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Lock007
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Purchase MR36 or MR33?

I have currently deployed and am using MR33 access points together with my cloud managed meraki. I have been asked to purchased additional MR33 access points but i noticed has announced end of sale for the MR33. Should i be looking towards purchasing the MR36 instead?

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Inderdeep
Kind of a big deal

@Lock007 : Go with MR36 

https://meraki.cisco.com/lib/pdf/eol/meraki_eos_mr.pdf 

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Inderdeep Singh
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Inderdeep
Kind of a big deal

@Lock007 : Go with MR36 

https://meraki.cisco.com/lib/pdf/eol/meraki_eos_mr.pdf 

Regards
Inderdeep Singh
www.thenetworkdna.com ( Awarded by Cisco IT Blogs award 2020)

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UCcert
Kind of a big deal

As previously indicated the MR36 is the like for like replacement. However, they’re like gold dust at the moment with current shipping times over 120+ days. I wouldn’t be planning this project in any time soon.

Darren O'Connor | uccert.co.uk
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I'm not an employee of Cisco/Meraki. My posts are based on Meraki best practice and what has worked for me in the field.
cmr
Kind of a big deal
Kind of a big deal

@Lock007 you'll get better availability on the MR44 which is similar to the MR36, but has a better 5GHz radio that can do beamforming to improve reliability (and throughput).

UCcert
Kind of a big deal

@cmr , the MR44’s have slipped to a 56 day lead time in EMEA

Darren O'Connor | uccert.co.uk
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I'm not an employee of Cisco/Meraki. My posts are based on Meraki best practice and what has worked for me in the field.
cmr
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Kind of a big deal

Oops, I must have got the last one ☺️

KarstenI
Kind of a big deal

a customer got the MR44 instead of the ordered MR36. We decided not to complain about that! 🙂

@Lock007 When you get the new APs, I would try to install them in a way that there is the least amount of overlap with the old APs. If the new APs are for a new site, great! If you want to extend the amount of APs in a given site, I would completely replace a site that has MR33s with the new MRs. If that is not possible, install new new APs at the edge of your actual environment. It's all to have the least amount of "choice" for your clients for different AP-types.

UCcert
Kind of a big deal

Yeah, Meraki have been price matching the MR44’s to the 36’s for a good few months. 

This summer one customer got a full upgrade from the MR36’s to the 44’s and also Full PoE switches from the LP’s.  That was one happy customer.

Darren O'Connor | uccert.co.uk
https://www.linkedin.com/in/darrenoconnor/

I'm not an employee of Cisco/Meraki. My posts are based on Meraki best practice and what has worked for me in the field.
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