Cisco Meraki MX65W more than a firewallMaria Cruz Alcocer
Cisco Meraki MX65W more than a firewall
This team Cisco Meraki MX65W it is an ideal security device for organizations up to 50 network users.
It is a Next generation 250 Mbps security firewall that, unlike the MX65, includes 802.11ac / n WiFi and 12 × GbE (2 PoE +). They are devices that are managed 100% in the cloud – Installation and remote management are very simple and come with a comprehensive package of network services, eliminating the need for multiple devices.
Interfaces 12 × GbE (2 PoE +)
802.11ac / n WiFi
USB 3G / 4G
Firewall Throughput 250 Mbps
VPN Throughput 100 Mbps
Recommended Clients 50
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.
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|
|VLAN to VLAN routing||✔||✔|
|Link bonding / failover||✔||✔|
|3G / 4G failover||✔||✔|
|Traffic shaping / prioritization||✔||✔|
|MPLS to VPN Failover||✔||✔|
|HTTP content caching||✔||✔|
|Client connectivity alerts||✔||✔|
|SD-WAN. WAN optimization||✔||✔|
|Geography based firewall rules||✔|
|Intrusion detection / prevention||✔|
|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, MX65W 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