Meraki MX68 FireWall, Cloud Managed Security Appliance

Meraki MX68 FireWall, Cloud Managed Security Appliance

Cisco Meraki announces end of sale for the next MX65 and MX65W product. Cloud Managed Security Appliances MX65 and MX65W have been replaced by the MX68 and MX68W, which have more capacity at the same price.

Discontinued Model New Replacement Model
MX65 -HW

MX65W-HW

MX68-HW

MX68W-HW

For the same cost, the Meraki MX68 provides more capacity:

Recommended max clients Interfaces Stateful firewall throughput Maximum VPN throughput VPN tunnels
MX65-HW 50 12 × GbE (2 PoE +)
USB 3G / 4G
250 Mbps 100 Mbps 50
MX68-HW 50 12 × GbE (2 PoE +)
802.11ac WiFi
USB 3G / 4G
450 Mbps 200 Mbps 50
MX65W-HW 50 12 × GbE (2 PoE +)
USB 3G / 4G
250 Mbps 100 Mbps 50
MX68W-HW 50 12 × GbE (2 PoE +)
802.11ac / n Wave 2 WiFi
USB 3G / 4G
450 Mbps 200 Mbps 50

Types of licensing:

Comment that there are two types of licensing in MX. Enterprise licensing and Advanced Security, with options for 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10 years.

Next, we show in a table the comparison between the two licenses:

Feature Enterprise license Advanced Security license
Stateful firewall
VLAN to VLAN routing
Link bonding / failover
3G / 4G failover
Traffic shaping / prioritization
Site-to-site VPN
Client VPN
MPLS to VPN Failover
Splash pages
Configuration templates
HTTP content caching
Group Policies
Client connectivity alerts
SD-WAN. WAN optimization
Geography based firewall rules
Intrusion detection / prevention
Content filtering
Anti-virus and anti-phishing
Youtube for Schools
Web Search Filtering
AMP / Anti-malware

 

Finally we focus on what we consider a good product for SMEs, MX68W with Advanced Security Licensing we discuss the benefits:

  • Next Generation Firewall, Layer 7 “next generation” firewall, gives administrators full control over the users, content and applications on their network.
  • App control
  • Web caching
  • Multiple WAN uplinks.
  • Fault tolerance
  • Content filtering
  • Intrusion prevention, based on SNORT®.
  • Antivirus and antiphishing
  • Web search filtering

Advantages over traditional firewalls:

  • Centralized and easy management of all firewalls from a single administration portal. It is managed 100% in the cloud, installation and remote administration are very simple.
  • Traffic shaping and application management
  • 3G / 4G failover via USB modem
  • Web caching
  • Extremely simple and automated VPN management without additional costs per user.
  • Traffic optimization between sites with data compression, saving bandwidth and increasing speed.
  • Prioritization of traffic by applications to optimize Internet use.
  • Reports integrated into the management portal, without the need for additional installations.
  • Proactive threat management.

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