Enterprise Networking: Meraki Cloud WiFi Gets App Smart

By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2010-10-15 Print this article Print
Meraki Cloud WiFi Gets App Smart

Meraki Cloud WiFi Gets App Smart

by Andrew Garcia
The latest features added to the Meraki Cloud Controller and Meraki's 802.11n access points deliver a hit-and-miss collection of enterprise-class products, delivering to customers improved visibility into applications used on the WiFi network and control over their usage through intelligent traffic shaping. Half-baked spectrum analysis is also included in the new Auto RF feature. eWEEK Labs foisted the Meraki products on its West Coast staff, testing the Meraki Cloud Controller along with a pair of MR14 802.11n access points on a live network with real clients and traffic over the course of one month. While the application visibility proved accessible and easy to use to enforce effective and intelligent traffic shaping rules on part of the network, the spectrum analysis tools failed to impress, failing to provide the depth of information, assistance in identifying interferers or fine-grained controls over automated actions that we were looking for. Read the full review here.
Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for eWEEK.com, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at agarcia@eweek.com.

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