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How Cisco Meraki Access Points Enable Your Mobile Workforce

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 @ 10:26 AM

It may be hard to believe, but there are currently more mobile devices in circulation than the global population.1 Mobile usage has proliferated and its use now exceeds that of desktops. Mobile devices and phones are now indispensable business tools, so it comes as no surprise that mobility has become a key priority for enterprises.

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To adapt to this shift, organizations need to support a greater range of devices and adjust their IT strategy to meet the demands of the increasingly mobile workforce. Yet the advances in technology required to enable mobile workers are making it more difficult for administrators to efficiently manage access, security and traffic policies for all of the clients on their networks across multiple work sites.

The key to solving this problem lies in centralized network management and control – removing as much of the manual work as possible by creating ways to dynamically and intelligently manage network connections and access points. A lean IT team that manages many different locations needs a secure, stable and simple solution.

Cisco Meraki Access Points Meets the Needs of Mobile Workers and Provides a Turnkey Solution for IT Managers

Meraki Access Points (APs) are the world’s first enterprise-grade line of cloud-managed WLAN access points. Designed to meet the needs of challenging, multi-site networks, Meraki APs have revolutionized distributed branch wireless networking. Zero-touch deployments, multi-site visibility and control, and automated alerts make deploying, securing and centrally managing branch networks a breeze.

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Rapid Deployment and Scalability – Centralized cloud management enables plug and play branch deployments and provides centralized visibility and control across any number of distributed locations. Meraki WLANs can be configured without training or a dedicated staff. Adding new sites to a network takes minutes, not hours or days, and there’s no need to train additional staff to monitor or manage remote networks.

Web-Based Dashboard – Configuration and diagnostics can be performed remotely from the cloud, as easily as they can be performed on-site, eliminating costly field visits and lost productivity related to travel. It’s a perfect solution for lean IT departments that are managing multiple site networks.

No On-Site Provisioning – Meraki devices self-provision, enabling multi-site deployments without on-site IT. Each device downloads its configuration via Meraki’s cloud, applying your network and security policies automatically.

Maximum WiFi Performance – Every Meraki Access Point continuously and automatically monitors its surroundings to maximize WiFi performance. By measuring channel utilization, signal strength, and throughput, Meraki APs automatically optimize WiFi and system-wide performance so you can handle high volume with the fastest connection, and deliver the highest performance all the time.

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Enterprise Security – Equipped with complete, out-of-the-box, enterprise-class security allows you to segment wireless users, guests, applications and devices. The Cisco Meraki dashboard gives you deep visibility into the network users, their devices and their applications, so you can secure your network from attacks and enforce the right policies for each class of user.

Future-Proof Always up-to-date with emerging device types and application profiles, new features are delivered seamlessly as automatic over-the-web upgrades that deliver significant new features to your current products, increasing the value of your investment.

Improved Productivity and Efficiency Zero-touch access point provisioning, network-wide visibility and control, cloud-based RF optimization, and seamless firmware allow you to manage your network from a single pane of glass. Meraki APs provide smarter network management that optimizes both the end-user experience and network security.

Meraki APs have been deployed and proven in the most challenging, distributed multi-site networks. It’s the industry’s only end-to-end solution which unifies WAN, LAN, wireless LAN and mobile device management under a single pane of glass. Put this powerful solution to work in your business to eliminate the cost and complexity of traditional on-site wireless controllers and help your IT team simplify the management of distributed networks.

About Clearpath Solutions Group

As a Cisco Gold Certified Partner with advanced specializations, Clearpath delivers a high degree of value to our customers through an accredited team of sales representatives, solutions architects and implementation professionals. To find out how Meraki APs can help your business enable the mobile workforce, and simplify your day-to-day network operations, contact us today.

1https://www.rcrwireless.com/20170119/opinion/2017-predictions-3-mobile-enterprise-predictions-for-2017-tag10

Topics: Cisco, Meraki Access Points

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