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Cisco Meraki MR53
802.11ac Wave 2 with Bluetooth Beacon & Multigigabit Ethernet

Cisco Meraki MR53

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Overview:

High performance 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless

The Cisco Meraki MR53 is a cloud-managed 4x4:4 802.11ac Wave 2 access point with 160 MHz channels and MU-MIMO support. Designed for next-generation deployments in offices, schools, hospitals, shops, and hotels, the MR53 offers high performance, enterprise-grade security, and simple management.

The MR53 provides a maximum of 2.5 Gbps* aggregate frame rate with concurrent 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz radios. A dedicated third radio provides real-time WIDS/WIPS with automated RF optimization, and a fourth integrated radio delivers Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) scanning and Beaconing.

With the combination of cloud management, high perfomance hardware, multiple radios, and advanced software features, the MR53 makes an oustanding platform for the most demanding of uses - including high-density deployments and bandwidh or performanceintensive applications like voice and high-definition video.

MR53 and Meraki cloud management: A powerful combo

Management of the MR53 is through the Meraki cloud, with an intuitive browser-based interface that enables rapid deployment without time-consuming training or costly certifications. Since the MR53 is self-configuring and managed over the web, it can be deployed at a remote location in a matter of minutes, even without on-site IT staf

24x7 monitoring via the Meraki cloud delivers real-time alerts if the network encounters problems. Remote diagnostic tools enable imediate troubleshooting over the web so that distributed networks can be managed with a minimum of hassle.

The MR53’s firmware is automatically kept up to date via the cloud. New features, bug fixes, and enhancements are delivered seamlessly over the web. This means no manual software updates to download or missing security patches to worry about.

Product Highlights

  • 4x4 160 MHz MU-MIMO 802.11ac Wave 2
  • 2.5 Gbps dual-radio aggregate frame rate
  • 24x7 real-time WIDS/WIPS and spectrum analytics via dedicated third radio
  • Integrated Bluetooth Low Energy Beacon and scanning radio
  • Enhanced transmit power and receive sensitivity
  • Full-time WiFi location tracking via dedicated 3rd radio
  • Integrated enterprise security and guest access
  • Application-aware traffic shaping
  • Optimized for voice and video
  • Self-configuring, plug-and-play deployment
  • Sleek, low-profile design blends into office environments

Features:

Dual–radio aggregate frame rate of up to 2.5 Gbps*

A 5 GHz 4x4:4 radio supporting 160 MHz channel widths and a 2.4 GHz 4x4:4 radio supporting 40 MHz channel widths offer a combined dual–radio aggregate frame rate of 2.5 Gbps*, with up to 1,733 Mbps in the 5 GHz band thanks to 802.11ac Wave 2 and 800 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band. Technologies like transmit beamforming and enhanced receive sensitivity allow the MR53 to support a higher client density than typical enterprise-class access points, resulting in fewer APs for a given deployment.

Multi User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO)

With support for the 802.11ac Wave 2 standard, the MR53 offers MU-MIMO for more efficient transmission to multiple clients. Especially suited for enviroments with numerous mobile devices, MU-MIMO enables multiple clients to receive data simultanously. This increases the total network perfomance and the improves the end user experience.

Multi-gigabit ethernet

The MR53 has an integrated multigigabit uplink that ensures maximum capacity for this high performance 802.11ac Wave 2 hardware configuration.

Bluetooth Low Energy Beacon and scanning radio

An integrated fourth radio for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) provides seamless deployment of BLE Beacon functionality and effortless visibility of BLE devices. The MR53 enables the next generation of location-aware applications while futureproofing your deployment, ensuring it’s ready for any new customer engagement strategies.

Automatic cloud-based RF optimization

The MR53’s sophisticated and automated RF optimization means that there is no need for the dedicated hardware and RF expertise typically required to tune a wireless network. The RF data collected by the dedicated third radio is continuously fed back to the Meraki cloud. This data is then used to automatically tune the channel selection, transmit power, and client connection settings for optimal performance under even the most challenging RF conditions.

Integrated enterprise security and guest access

The MR53 features integrated, easy-to-use security technologies to provide secure connectivity for employees and guests alike. Advanced security features such as AES hardware-based encryption and WPA2-Enterprise authentication with 802.1X and Active Directory integration provide wire-like security while still being easy to configure. One-click guest isolation provides secure, Internet-only access for visitors. PCI compliance reports check network settings against PCI requirements to simplify secure retail deployments.

Third radio delivers 24x7 wireless security and RF analytics

The MR53’s dedicated dual-band scanning and security radio continually assesses the environment, characterizing RF interference and containing wireless threats like rogue access points. There’s no need to choose between wireless security, advanced RF analysis, and serving client data - a dedicated third radio means that all functions occur in real-time, without any impact to client traffic or AP throughput.

Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) & Mobile Device Management (MDM) integration

Meraki Systems Manager natively integrates with the MR53 to offer automatic, context-aware security. You can use Systems Manager’s self-service enrollment to rapidly deploy MDM without installing additional equipment, and then dynamically tie firewall and traffic shaping policies to client posture.

Application-aware traffic shaping

The MR53 includes an integrated layer 7 packet inspection, classification, and control engine, enabling you to set QoS policies based on traffic type. Prioritize your mission critical applications while setting limits on recreational traffic like peer-to-peer and video streaming. Policies can be implemented per network, per SSID, per usergroup, or per individual user for maximum flexibility and control.

Voice and video optmizations

Industry standard QoS features are built in and easy to configure. Wireless Multi Media (WMM) access categories, 802.1p, and DSCP standards support all ensure important applications get priorotized correctly, not only on the MR53, but on other devices in your network. Unscheduled Automatic Power Save Delivery (U-APSD) ensures minimal battery drain on wireless VoIP phones.

Self-configuring, self-maintaining, always up-to-date

When plugged in, the MR53 automatically connects to the Meraki cloud, downloads its configuration, and joins the appropriate network. If new firmware is required, this is retireved by the AP and updated automatically. This ensures the network is kept up-to-date with bug fixes, security updates, and new features.

Advanced analytics

Drill down into the details of your network usage with highly granular traffic analytics. Extend your visibility into the physical world with journey tracking through location analytics. View vistor numbers, dwell time, repeat visit rates, and track trends. Fully customize your analysis with raw data available via simple APIs.

* Refers to maximum over-the-air data frame rate capability of the radio chipset, and may exceed data rates allowed by IEEE 802.11ac-compliant operation.

Highlights:

Ideal use cases
  • Performance-critical wireless LANs
  • High-density environments
Hardware features
  • 4 radios: 2.4 and 5 GHz, dual-band
  • WIDS/WIPS, and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
  • 4-stream 802.11ac Wave 2, up to 2.5 Gbps
  • 1 × Gigabit Ethernet port
  • 1 × 2.5Gbps Multigigabit Ethernet Port
  • PoE: 802.3at
  • AC adapter available
Cloud management
  • Network-wide visibility and control
  • Self-provisioning for rapid deployment
  • Automatic reporting
  • Seamless firmware updates
Enterprise security
  • 802.1X and native Active Directory integration
  • Air Marshal: real-time WIPS with forensics
  • Stateful Layer 3-7 firewall
  • Identity-based group policies
  • Built-in antivirus scan (NAC)
Guest access
  • 1-click secure guest access
  • Guest isolation firewall
  • Customizable splash pages
  • Integrated Facebook login
RF optimization
  • Dual-concurrent radios with MU-MIMO support
  • Radios optimized for rate-vs-range performance
  • Third radio dedicated to security and RF management
  • Built-in real-time RF spectrum view
  • Cloud-based automatic RF optimization
Layer 7 traffic shaping
  • Classifies hundreds of applications
  • Create per-application bandwidth limits
  • Prioritize productivity apps
  • Restrict or block recreational traffic
Presence location analytics
  • Measure visitor capture rate, visit length, and repeat visit rate
  • Measure visitor trends over time and compare performance across locations
Device management
  • Create device-specific firewall rules
  • Monitor and track device inventory
  • Deploy applications and enforce security settings

Specifications:

MR53 Specifications
Radios Environment
2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n client access radio Operating temperature: 32 °F to 104 °F (0 °C to 40 °C)
5 GHz 802.11a/n/ac client access radio Humidity: 5 to 95% non-condensing
2.4 GHz & 5 GHz dual-band WIDS/WIPS, spectrum analysis, & location analytics radio Physical Dimensions
2.4 GHz Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) radio with Beacon and BLE scanning support 10.56” x 6.38” x 1.58” (268.2 mm x 162.0 mm x 38.8 mm), not including deskmount feet or mount plate
Concurrent operation of all four radios Weight: 29.6 oz (840g)
Supported frequency bands (country-specific restrictions apply):
2.412-2.484 GHz
5.150-5.250 GHz (UNII-1)
5.250-5.350 GHZ (UNII-2)
5.470-5.600, 5.660-5.725 GHz (UNII-2e)
5.725 -5.825 GHz (UNII-3)
Security
Atenna Integrated Layer 7 firewall with mobile device policy management
Integrated omni-directional antennas (5.5 dBi gain @ 2.4 GHz, 6.2 dBi gain @ 5 GHz) Real-time WIDS/WIPS with alerting and automatic rogue AP containment with Air Marshal
Individual antenna elements for each radio Flexible guest access with device isolation
802.11ac Wave 2 and 802.11n Capabilities VLAN tagging (802.1q) and tunneling with IPsec VPN
4 x 4 multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) with four spatial streams PCI compliance reporting
SU-MIMO and MU-MIMO support WEP, WPA, WPA2-PSK, WPA2-Enterprise with 802.1X
Maximal ratio combining (MRC) & beamforming EAP-TLS, EAP-TTLS, EAP-MSCHAPv2, EAP-SIM
20 and 40 MHz channels (802.11n); 20, 40, 80, and 160 MHz channels (802.11ac) TKIP and AES encryption
Up to 256-QAM on both 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz bands Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) & Mobile Device Management (MDM) integration
Packet aggregation Cisco ISE integration for Guest access and BYOD Posturing
Power Quality of Service
Power over Ethernet: 37 - 57 V (802.3at required; functionality-restricted 802.3af mode supported) Advanced Power Save (U-APSD)
Alternative 12 V DC input WMM Access Categories with DSCP and 802.1p support
Power consumption: 21W max (802.3at) Layer 7 application traffic identification and shaping
Power over Ethernet injector and DC adapter sold separately Mobility
Interfaces PMK, OKC, & 802.11r for fast Layer 2 roaming
1x 100/1000/2.5G BASE-T Ethernet & 1x 10/100/1000 BASE-T Ethernet (RJ45) Distributed or centralized layer 3 roaming
1x DC power connector (5.5 mm x 2.5 mm, center positive) Analytics
Mounting Embedded location analytics reporting and device tracking
All standard mounting hardware included Global L7 traffic analytics reporting per network, per device, & per application
Desktop, ceiling, and wall mount capable Warranty
Ceiling tile rail (9/16, 15/16 or 1 ½” flush or recessed rails), assorted cable junction boxes Lifetime hardware warranty with advanced replacement included
Bubble level on mounting cradle for accurate horizontal wall mounting Ordering Information
Physical Security MR53-HW: Meraki MR53 Cloud Managed 802.11ac AP
Two security screw options (included) MA-PWR-30W-XX: Meraki AC Adapter for MR Series (XX = US/EU/UK/AU)
Kensington lock hard point MA-INJ-5-XX: Meraki Multigigabit 802.3at Power over Ethernet Injector (XX = US/EU/UK/AU)
Concealed mount plate with anti-tamper cable bay Note: Meraki access point license required.

RF Performance Table:

Operating Band Operation Mode Data Rate TX Power RX Sensitivity
2.4 GHz 802.11b 1 Mb/s 19 dBm -98 dBm
2 Mb/s 19 dBm -93 dBm
5.5 Mb/s 19 dBm -92 dBm
11 Mb/s 19 dBm -87 dBm
2.4 GHz 802.11g 6 Mb/s 19 dBm -92 dBm
9 Mb/s 19 dBm -91 dBm
12 Mb/s 18 dBm -90 dBm
18 Mb/s 18 dBm -88 dBm
24 Mb/s 18 dBm -85 dBm
36 Mb/s 18 dBm -82 dBm
48 Mb/s 17 dBm -76 dBm
54 Mb/s 17 dBm -75 dBm
2.4 GHz 802.11n (HT20) MCS0/8/16 19/22/23/27 dBm -92/-95/-96/-98 dBm
MCS1/9/17 18/21/22/24 dBm 88/-91/-92/-94 dBm
MCS2/10/18 18/21/22/24 dBm -86/-89/-90/-92 dBm
MCS3/11/19 17/20/21/23 dBm -82/-85/-86/-88 dBm
MCS4/12/20 17/20/21/23 dbm -80/-83/-84/-86 dBm
MCS5/13/21 16/19/20/25 dBm 75/-78/-79/-81 dBm
MCS6/14/22 15/18/19/21 dBm -73/-76/-77/-79 dBm
MCS7/15/23 15/18/19/21 dBm -72/-75/-76/-78 dBm
Operating Band Operation Mode Data Rate TX Power RX Sensitivity
5 GHz 802.11a 6 Mb/s 20 dBm -91 dBm
9 Mb/s 20 dBm -90 dbm
12 Mb/s 20 dBm -89 dbm
18 Mb/s 20 dBm -87 dBm
24 Mb/s 19 dBm -80 dBm
36 Mb/s 19 dBm -77 dBm
48 Mb/s 18 dBm -75 dBm
54 Mb/s 18 dBm -74 dBm
5 GHz 802.11n (HT20) MCS0/8/16 20/23/24 dBm -91/-94/-95 dBm
MCS1/9/17 20/23/24 dBm -88/-91/-92 dBm
MCS2/10/18 20/23/24 dBm -85/-88/-89 dBm
MCS3/11/19 20/23/24 dBm -82/-85/-86 dBm
MCS4/12/20 19/22/23 dBm -78/-81/-82 dBm
MCS5/13/21 19/22/23 dBm -74/-77/-78 dBm
MCS6/14/22 18/21/22 dBm -71/-74/-75 dBm
MCS7/15/23 17/20/21 dBm -72/-75/-76 dBm
5 GHz 802.11n (HT40) MCS0/8/16 20/23/24 dBm -88/-91/-92 dBm
MCS1/9/17 20/23/24 dBm -85/-88/-89 dBm
MCS2/10/18 20/23/24 dBm -83/-86/-87 dBm
MCS3/11/19 20/23/24 dBm -79/-82/-83 dBm
MCS4/12/20 19/22/23 dBm -76/-79/-80 dBm
MCS5/13/21 19/22/23 dBm -73/-76/-77 dBm
MCS6/14/22 18/21/22 dBm -72/-75/-76 dBm
MCS7/15/23 17/20/21 dBm -70/-73/-74 dBm
5 GHz 802.11ac (VHT20) MCS0/0/0 20/23/24/26 dBm -91/-94/-95/-97 dBm
MCS1/1/1 20/23/24/26 dBm -88/-91/-92/-94 dBm
MCS2/2/2 20/23/24/26 dBm -85/-88/-89/-91 dBm
MCS3/3/3 20/23/24/26 dBm -82/-85/-86/-88 dBm
MCS4/4/4 19/22/23/25 dBm -78/-81/-82/-84 dBm
MCS5/5/5 19/22/23/25 dBm -74/-77/-78/-80 dBm
MCS6/6/6 18/21/22/24 dBm -71/-74/-75/-77 dBm
MCS7/7/7 17/20/21/23 dBm -72/-75/-76/-78 dBm
MCS8/8/8 16/19/20/22 dBm -66/-69/-70/-72 dBm
MCS9/9/9 15/18/19/21 dBm -62/-65/-66/-68 dBm
5 GHz 802.11ac (VHT40) MCS0/0/0 20/23/24/26 dBm -88/-91/-92/-94 dBm
MCS1/1/1 20/23/24/26 dBm -85/-88/-89/-91 dBm
MCS2/2/2 20/23/24/26 dBm -83/-86/-87/-89 dBm
MCS3/3/3 20/23/24/26 dBm -79/-82/-83/-85 dBm
MCS4/4/4 19/22/23/25 dBm -76/-79/-80/-82 dBm
MCS5/5/5 19/22/23/25 dBm -73/-76/-77/-79 dBm
MCS6/6/6 18/21/22/24 dBm -72/-75/-76/-78 dBm
MCS7/7/7 17/20/21/23 dBm -70/-73/-74/-76 dBm
MCS8/8/8 16/19/20/22 dBm -63/-66/-67/-69 dBm
MCS9/9/9 15/18/19/21 dBm -60/-63/-64/-66 dBm
5 GHz 802.11ac (VHT80) MCS0/0/0 20/23/24/26 dBm -85/-88/-89/-91 dBm
MCS1/1/1 20/23/24/26 dBm -81/-84/-85/-87 dBm
MCS2/2/2 20/23/24/26 dBm -79/-82/-83/-85 dBm
MCS3/3/3 20/23/24/26 dBm -76/-79/-80/-82 dBm
MCS4/4/4 19/22/23/25 dBm -72/-75/-76/-78 dBm
MCS5/5/5 19/22/23/25 dBm -68/-71/-72/-74 dBm
MCS6/6/6 18/21/22/24 dBm -66/-69/-70/-72 dBm
MCS7/7/7 17/20/21/23 dBm -65/-68/-69/-71 dBm
MCS8/8/8 16/19/20/22 dBm -61/-64/-65/-67 dBm
MCS9/9/9 15/18/19/21 dBm -59/-62/-63/-65 dBm
5 GHz 802.11ac (VHT80P80/VHT160) MCS0 20 dBm -82 dBm
MCS1 20 dBm -78 dBm
MCS2 19 dBm -76 dBm
MCS3 19 dBm -73 dbm
MCS4 19 dBm -69 dBm
MCS5 19 dBm 65 dBm
MCS6 18 dBm -63 dBm
MCS7 17 dbm -62 dBm
MCS8 16 dBm -58 dBm
MCS9 15 dBm -56 dbm

Signal Coverage Pattern:

Radiation Pattern for 2.4GHz Antennas

Radiation Pattern for 2.4GHz Antennas

Radiation Pattern for 5GHz Antennas

Radiation Pattern for 5GHz Antennas

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Usage Performance oriented for enterprise, campus, healthcare General purpose 802.11ac for futureproof deployments High performance 802.11ac for high capacity and high density campus and enterprise High performance 802.11ac Wave 2 for high density campus and enterprise
License 1 year: $150 / AP
3 years: $300 / AP
5 years: $450 / AP
1 year: $150 / AP
3 years: $300 / AP
5 years: $450 / AP
1 year: $150 / AP
3 years: $300 / AP
5 years: $450 / AP
1 year: $150 / AP
3 years: $300 / AP
5 years: $450 / AP
Radio specification 1 × 802.11b/g/n radio
1 × 802.11a/n radio
1 × WIDS/WIPS radio
600 Mbit/s max rate
2x2 MIMO with 2 streams, beamforming
1 × 802.11b/g/n radio
1 × 802.11a/n/ac radio
1 × WIDS/WIPS radio
1 × Bluetooth radio
1.2 Gbit/sec max rate
2x2 MIMO with 2 streams, beamforming
1 × 802.11b/g/n radio
1 × 802.11a/n/ac radio
1 × WIDS/WIPS radio
1.75 Gbit/sec max rate
3x3 MIMO with 3 streams, beamforming
1 × 802.11b/g/n
1 × 802.11a/n/ac
1 × WIDS/WIPS
1 × Bluetooth
1.9 Gbit/sec max rate
3×3:3 MU-MIMO with beamforming
Interface 1 × Gigabit Ethernet port 1 × Gigabit Ethernet port 1 × Gigabit Ethernet port 1 × Gigabit Ethernet port
Power 802.3af PoE
DC power adaptor
802.3af PoE
DC power adaptor
802.3at/802.3af PoE
DC power adaptor
802.3at/802.3af PoE
DC power adaptor
Physical design Low-profile industrial design
Wall and desktop mounting (UL2043 Plenum rated)
Low-profile industrial design
Wall, desktop, and ceiling drop mounting (UL2043 Plenum rated)
Low-profile industrial design
Wall, desktop, and ceiling drop mounting
Low-profile industrial design
Wall, desktop, and ceiling drop mounting (UL2043 Plenum rated)
Performance features 2-stream, 2x2 MIMO
Enterprise-grade CPU
Hardware-accelerated encryption
Band steering
2-stream, 2x2 MIMO
Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM)
Enterprise-grade CPU
Hardware-accelerated encryption
High-density support
Band steering
3 stream, 3×3 MIMO
Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM)
Enterprise-grade CPU
Hardware-accelerated encryption
High-density support
Band steering
3×3:3 MU-MIMO
Priority Voice, Power Save (802.11e/WMM)
Hardware-accelerated encryption
Band steering
Mesh networking Included Included Included Included

Documentation:

Download the Cisco Meraki MR53 Datasheet (PDF).

Download the Cisco Meraki MR Family Datasheet (PDF).

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