Cisco Meraki MX65W more than a firewall

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Cisco Meraki MX65W more than a firewall

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
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, 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

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