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Cisco Meraki MS220-8
Cloud Managed Switching for the Small Branch

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The Cisco Meraki MS line of cloud-managed access switches bring the benefits of cloud computing, including management simplicity, reduced complexity, and lower cost, to branch and campus networks.

A Fresh Approach

Cisco Meraki switches are built from the ground up to be easy to manage without compromising any of the power and flexibility traditionally found in enterprise-class switches.

For example, Cisco Meraki switches are managed through an elegant, efficient cloud interface, rather than a cryptic command line. To bring up a Cisco Meraki switch, just plug it in; there's no need for complicated configuration files.

In addition, Cisco Meraki's centralized management system gives administrators deep visibility into the network. See which switches are near capacity across hundreds of sites. Find all configuration changes made by a certain person with instant search. Locate a switch on a floor plan with one click.

MS220-8 Highlights

  • All models: 8 port gigabit Ethernet
  • All models: 2 x SFP for 1G uplink, non-shared
  • MS220-8P includes 124 W PoE / PoE+

Hardware platform

  • Voice and Video QoS
  • Low noise, fanless
  • Non-blocking switch fabric
  • Ultra-reliable, includes lifetime warranty

Power over Ethernet (MS220-8P)

  • 802.3af (PoE) 15.4 W per port
  • 802.3at (PoE+) 25.5 W per port
  • Maximum PoE output: 124 W
  • PoE available simultaneously on all ports
  • Intelligent PoE power allocation based on device advertisement (LLDP)
Cloud management
  • Visibility and control over thousands of ports
  • Built-in multi site management
  • Zero touch provisioning

Monitoring and diagnostics

  • Cable failure testing
  • Gateway connectivity testing
  • Real time troubleshooting tools
  • Email and text message alerts

Cloud Managed NetworkingBuilt-In Multi-Site Cloud Management

The Cisco Meraki MS is the industry's first cloud managed switch, combining the benefits of cloud based centralized management with a powerful, reliable access platform. Cloud management has a number of benefits that make it easier to build networks large and small:

  • Single pane of glass management of distributed switch deployments, wireless APs, and firewalls across multiple sites through the browser.
  • Virtual stacking: manage up to tens of thousands of ports from a single pane of glass.
  • Layer 7 OS, client, and hostname fingerprinting.
  • Powerful Live Tools such as cable test to isolate physical layer issues.
  • E-mail and SMS (text) alerts upon power loss, downtime, or configuration changes.
  • Role-based administration and automatic, scheduled firmware upgrades over the web.
  • Regular feature updates and enhancements delivered on demand from the Meraki cloud.
  • No staging deployments

With cloud management, thousands of switch ports can be configured and monitored instantly, over the web. Provision remote sites without on-site IT, deploy network-wide configuration changes, and easily manage campus and distributed networks without training or dedicated staff.

Converged Voice, Video and Data Environments

The Cisco Meraki switch family is designed to unify data, voice, and video onto a single IP backbone. All Cisco Meraki switches support rich quality-of-service (QoS) functionality for prioritizing data, voice, and video traffic. The switches support eight class-of-service (CoS) queues on every port, enabling them to maintain end-to-end traffic prioritization.


Centrally Managed from the Cloud

Cloud ManagementCloud Managed NetworkingThe Cisco Meraki Cloud Networking architecture enables plug and play branch deployments and provides centralized visibility and control across any number of distributed locations.

The Cisco Meraki MS is the industry's first cloud managed switch, combining the benefits of cloud-based centralized management with a powerful, reliable access platform.

With cloud management, thousands of switch ports can be configured and monitored instantly, over the web. Provision remote sites without on-site IT, deploy network-wide configuration changes, and easily manage campus and distributed networks without training or dedicated staff.

Virtual StackingVirtual Stacking

Virtual StackingCisco Meraki MS Switches feature virtual stacking - an industry first - that allows management of thousands of switch ports as one, without requiring a physical connection between switches.

Quickly find and configure switch ports across your entire network, even those in geographically-distributed locations. Easily configure ports for access devices, assign voice VLANs, control PoE, and more, with a few simple clicks and without complex CLI instructions.

Virtual stacking is built-in to all Cisco Meraki MS Switches, with no need for extension modules, proprietary cables, or extra configuration. Simply log in to the Cisco Meraki dashboard and manage the entire access switch infrastructure without concern for their interconnectivity.

Layer 7 Application and Client VisibilityLayer 7 Application and Client Visibility

Layer 7 Application and Client VisibilityCisco Meraki MS Switches are the industry's only switches featuring integrated Layer 7 application and client fingerprinting and analysis. Hundreds of applications are automatically identified and reported, from business apps to BitTorrent and YouTube, so administrators can see where resources are spent.

Device fingerprinting with Google-like search allows administrators to easily find and identify individual users, iPads, Androids, and other devices. Search for devices across the entire network right from the Cisco Meraki dashboard, no matter which switch a device connects to.

QoS for Voice and Video

QoS for Voice and VideoQoS for Voice and VideoDeploy latency-sensitive applications such as voice and video by guaranteeing network performance. Voice and QoS features such as per-VLAN and protocol-based prioritization, as well as flexible QoS assignments, give inuitive, granular control.

Intelligent use of LLDP on the network makes deploying devices such as VoIP phones painless. Simply select a VLAN for voice in the dashboard, and selected ports will accept tagged traffic on the voice VLAN. The port also uses LLDP advertisements to recommend devices use that VLAN for voice traffic.

PoE / PoE+PoE / PoE+

PoE / PoE+The Cisco Meraki MS220-8P, MS22P, and MS42P Switches support PoE and PoE+, delivering up to 30W to support the most power-hungry devices. A total budget of 380W delivers the power necessary to run dozens of VoIP phones, access points, or other PoE devices.

Beyond simply delivering PoE output, Cisco Meraki Switches intelligently allocate power based on device advertisement (LLDP). Switches report consumed power vs. budgeted power in the Cisco Meraki dashboard, uncovering power savings across the switch network. Port-scheduling with built-in energy-saving templates reduces unnecessary power consumption and increases security.

Remote Live Tools and AlertsRemote Live Tools and Alerts

Remote Live Tools and AlertsMS Switches make powerful live tools available for remote troubleshooting at any time. From infrastructure uptime and performance testing to device troubleshooting, live tools simplify day-to-day network administration and dramatically shorten time to resolution.

Built-in Ethernet cable testing no longer requires an excursion to one or more switch closets just to verify cable integrity. Simply select a switch port, run a cable test, and see results right in the dashboard, even if there is no device connected on the other end.

Each Cisco Meraki MS is automatically monitored 24x7 via the cloud. Email and text message alerts are configurable to immediately notify administrators of configuration changes, switch downtime, and even per-port disconnection events.

Enterprise Security

Enterprise SecurityEnterprise SecurityExtending security down to the port level has never been easier. MS Switches integrate seamlessly with enterprise-grade security systems using 802.1X. Define access policies, segregate guest devices, and quarantine entire environments right from the dashboard.

Applying policies on many ports takes just a few clicks - even if the ports are spread across many switches. Simply search to find the ports of interest, click to apply the desired policies, and save your changes. Policies are pushed immediately to the desired ports.

Seamless firmware updates, two factor authentication, and other built-in protections make secure, PCI and HIPAA-compliant networks easy and cost effective.

Lifetime Warranty and Advanced Replacement

Lifetime WarrantyMS Switches feature long lifetime components and are designed for high reliability. Even though they're built to provide years of reliable service, MS Switches also include a lifetime warranty, and are eligible for advanced shipment replacement, minimizing potential downtime and securing your investment.

MS Cloud Managed Switches Solutions:

MS Cloud Managed Switches

MS Cloud Managed Switches

The Cisco Meraki MS is the world's first cloud-managed switch, bringing the benefits of the cloud to enterprise networks: simplified management, reduced complexity, network wide visibility and control, and lower cost for branch and campus deployments.

Cisco Meraki access switching is available in two product lines - the MS220 and MS320 families. Mission-critical features - like deep, Layer 7 application visibility, virtual stacking, QoS for business critical applications, 802.1X access control, and more - are present in both families.

The MS320 is the flagship Cisco Meraki layer 3 access switch, designed for high-speed connectivity and high availability, with optional redundant power supplies. In addition, the MS320's full-PoE models are ideal for next generation 802.11ac wireless AP, including the Cisco Meraki MR34 - with plenty of budget to spare for other PoE clients.

The MS220 family provide layer 2 access switching, is ideal for deploying to branch locations, and supports an optional, rack-mountable remote PSU.

Inside the Meraki MS
MS220-48LP shown, features vary by model

Inside the Meraki MS
Enterprise-Class Hardware
Cisco Meraki switches feature high-end hardware without the high-end price, including:
  • Four built-in small form-factor pluggable transceivers (SFP / SFP+), two transceivers for MS220-8/P
  • GbE and 10 GbE uplink ports for high-speed connectivity to aggregation layer switches or other upstream devices
  • Wire-speed switch fabric (up to 176 Gbps) and QoS queues per port for converged voice, video, and data deployments
  • Low power consumption, quiet acoustic designs, and shallow rack depth, which enable flexible deployment in wiring closets as well as offices and classrooms
  • Fanless design on select models
  • Up to 740 watt PoE budget with PoE+ support for powering APs, phones, cameras, and other PoE enabled devices (124W for MS220-8/P)
  • Lifetime hardware warranty and advanced replacement at no additional cost
  • Field-replaceable, hot-swappable power supplies and RPS option for mission-critical applications

Full Enterprise Feature Set
Cisco Meraki switches include all of the traditional Ethernet features found on the highest end products, including:

  • Quality-of-Service (QoS) to prioritize mission critical traffic such as voice and video
  • IEEE 802.1X support for port based network access control
  • MAC-based RADIUS auth and MAC whitelisting
  • Voice VLAN support for simplified VoIP deployments
  • Port Mirroring to monitor network traffic
  • DHCP snooping to prevent users from adding unauthorised DHCP servers on the network
  • IGMP Snooping to optimize network performance with multicast traffic
  • Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) for high-capacity trunking, stacking, and increased availability
  • Broadcast storm protection, spanning tree, BPDU guard, root guard, and other safeguards to guard against misconfigurations and reduce convergence time
  • Per port VLAN configuration
  • Multiple administrative roles with sophisticated security policy management
  • Layer 3 on MS320 series extends routing down to the network edge
Cisco Meraki Cloud Management Architecture
Cisco Meraki Cloud Management Architecture

Combined Views of Thousands of Ports
Combined Views of Thousands of Ports
Scheduled Firmware Updates
Scheduled Firmware Updates
Automatic E-mail Alerts
Automatic E-mail Alerts

Simplified Management and Operations

Cisco Meraki's cloud managed architecture makes it simpler than ever to quickly provision and reconfigure switch ports with security, QoS, and other parameters. The Cisco Meraki dashboard provides unified policies, event logs, and monitoring, which make it easy to manage and grow large network deployments.

By providing a complete, powerful set of management functions over the web, Cisco Meraki's cloud-based management eliminates the need for proprietary command line configuration interfaces which require expensive and time consuming certifications. Cisco Meraki MS switches can be fully deployed and provisioned in minutes, without requiring any local configuration or staging. Additional or replacement switches can be sent to remote offices and installed by non-technical staff, saving thousands of dollars in time and travel expenses.

The Cisco Meraki MS family also includes several remote diagnostic features, from network connectivity and cable integrity tests to latency measurement tools. For deep client troubleshooting, administrators can even perform per-port remote pcap packet captures without any additional probes or hardware on site.

Layer 7 Visibility
Cisco Meraki is the only switch to include integrated Layer 7 fingerprinting. Identify hundreds of applications from business apps to BitTorrent and YouTube. User fingerprinting with Google-like search allows administrators to easily identify and control individual users, PCs, iMacs, iPads, Androids, and other devices. This unprecedented visibility allows you to optimize network resources and maintain optimal network performance.

Applications details
Applications details

Integrated REmote, Live Tools
Integrated Remote, Live Tools
Detailed Views of Individual Devices
Detailed Views of Individual Devices

Converged Voice, Video and Data Environments
The Cisco Meraki switch family is designed to unify data, voice, and video onto a single IP backbone. All Cisco Meraki switches support rich quality- of-service (QoS) functionality for prioritizing data, voice, and video traffic. The switches support eight class-of-service (CoS) queues on every port, enabling them to maintain end-to-end traffic prioritization.

PoE models provide 15.4 watts of power per port for VoIP telephones, IP security cameras, wireless access points (APs), and other IP devices. The Cisco Meraki MS switches also support standards-based 25.5 watt (30 watt max per port) IEEE 802.3at for powering networked devices like multiple radio IEEE 802.11n APs and video phones that may require more power than available with IEEE 802.3af. In addition, using LLDP, PoE power is intelligently budgeted to maximize the number of PoE clients supported.

To ease deployment, Cisco Meraki switches support the industry- standard Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP), enabling switches to automatically discover Ethernet-enabled devices, determine their power requirements and join the correct virtual LAN (VLAN).

Cisco Meraki's Unified Software Architecture
Cisco Meraki switches run the same Cisco Meraki operating system used by Cisco Meraki's firewalls and wireless LAN products. The use of a common operating system allows Cisco Meraki to deliver a consistent experience across all product lines

Layer 3
Cisco Meraki MS320 series switches augment security and performance with built-in layer 3 benefits. Large network deployments can create scalable network architecutres and manage routing between VLANs through Cisco Meraki's intuitive, web-based dashboard.

Specifying Layer 3 subnets and routes
Specifying Layer 3 subnets and routes

Designed for Reliability & Environmental Efficiency

The Cisco Meraki switch family was designed for reliable, long-lived operation in wiring closet environments, which may be prone to high temperatures and limited ventilation. By minimizing total component count and only using proven switching silicon, Cisco Meraki is able to deliver mean time between failure (MTBF) ratings of over 750,000 hours on products such as the Cisco Meraki MS220-8.

Each Cisco Meraki switch also operates with a split-plane architecture, where silicon-based switching and data forwarding are separated from software-based control and management. By decoupling the underlying switching logic from control, each unit is able to deliver wire-speed switching even when advanced software features such as Layer 7 host and OS fingerprinting are enabled.

Finally, the highly integrated designs of Cisco Meraki switches result in power and cooling savings in large deployment environments of 30- 60% when compared with similar managed Gigabit switches.

Distributed Branches & Remote Sites
Cisco Meraki's cloud-based system makes it easy to manage a single switch, or thousands of distributed switches, from a single interface.
  • Troubleshoot problems remotely, e.g., find which port has a bad cable attached.
  • Add or replace switches without having to send a technician onsite. Switches automatically download their current configuration as soon as they are connected to the network.
  • Receive email alerts or SMS messages whenever there's a problem at a remote site.1
Campus Edge
MS switches are ideal for small and large scale campus deployments, where reliability, scalability, and managability are top priorities.
  • Virtual Stacking lets administators manage up to tens of thousands of ports in a single interface without having to physically connect stack members.
  • 10GbE cable SFP+ ports with link aggregation provide high speed connectivity to aggregation switches such as the MS420.
  • Get alerts when any switch fails or goes offline, before users complain.

Branch Office and Large Campus

Cloud Management:

Cloud Management

Cisco Meraki's cloud based management provides centralized visibility & control over Cisco Meraki's wired & wireless networking hardware, without the cost and complexity of wireless controllers or overlay management systems. Integrated with Cisco Meraki's entire product portfolio, cloud management provides feature rich, scalable, and intuitive centralized management for networks of any size.


  • Unified visibility and control of the entire network via a single dashboard: wireless, switching, and security appliances
  • Streamlines large networks with tens of thousands of endpoints
  • Zero-touch provisioning for rapid deployment
  • Built-in multi site network management tools
  • Automated network monitoring and alerts
  • Intuitive interface eliminates costly training or added staff
  • Network tagging engine - search and sync settings by tag
  • Role-based administration and auditable change logs
  • Continuous feature updates delivered from the cloud
  • Highly available and secure (PCI / HIPAA compliant)

Cloud Managed Networks

Cisco Meraki's hardware products are built from the ground up for cloud management. As a result, they come out of the box with centralized control, layer 7 device and application visibility, real time web-based diagnostics, monitoring, reporting, and much more.

Cisco Meraki networks deploy quickly and easily, without training or dedicated staff. Moreover, Cisco Meraki provides a rich feature set that provides complete control over devices, users, and applications, allowing for flexible access policies and rich security without added cost or complexity.

Cisco Meraki's cloud management provides the features, security, and scalability for networks of any size. Cisco Meraki scales from small sites to campuses, and even distributed networks with thousands of sites. Cisco Meraki devices, which self-provision via the cloud, can be deployed in branches without IT. Firmware and security signature updates are delivered seamlessly, over the web. With the cloud, branches can automatically establish secure VPN tunnels between one another with a single click.

With a secure, PCI and HIPAA compliant architecture and fault tolerant design that preserves local network functionality during WAN outages, Cisco Meraki is field proven in high security and mission critical network applications.

Cloud Management Architecture

Cisco Meraki's architecture provides feature rich network management without on-site management appliances or WiFi controllers.

Every Cisco Meraki device - including wirelesss access points, Ethernet switches, and security appliances - connects over the Internet to Cisco Meraki's datacenters, which run Cisco Meraki's cloud management platform. These connections, secured via SSL, utilize a patented protocol that provides real time visibility and control, yet uses minimal bandwidth overhead (typically 1 kbps or less.)

In place of traditional command-line based network configuration, Cisco Meraki provides a rich web based dashboard, providing visibility and control over up to tens of thousands of Cisco Meraki devices, anywhere in the world. Tools, designed to scale to large and distributed networks, make policy changes, firmware updates, deploying new branches, etc. simple and expedient, regardless of size or location. Cisco Meraki's real time protocols combine the immediacy of on-premise management applications with the simplicity and centralized control of a cloud application.

Every Cisco Meraki device is engineered for cloud management. Specifically, this means that Cisco Meraki devices are designed with memory and CPU resources to perform packet processing, QoS, layer 3-7 security, encryption, etc. at the network edge. As a result, no network traffic passes through the cloud, with the cloud providing management functionality out of the data path. This architecture enables networks to scale horizontally, adding capacity simply by adding more endpoints, without concern for centralized bottlenecks or chokepoints. Equally important, since all packet processing is performed on premise, end-user functionality is not compromised if the network's connection to the cloud is interrupted.

Cisco Meraki's cloud platform is designed to spread computation and storage across independent server clusters in geographically isolated datacenters. Any server or datacenter can fail without affecting customers or the rest of the system. Additionally, Cisco Meraki's datacenter design is field proven to support tens of thousands of endpoints.

Cloud Hosted Management

Cloud Management Architecture

Powerful Insight and Troubleshooting Tools

Cisco Meraki's cloud architecture delivers powerful insight and includes live tools integrated directly into the dashboard, giving instant analysis of performance, connectivity, and more. Using live tools, network administrators no longer need to go on site to perform routine troubleshooting tests. Visibility into devices, users, and applications gives administrators the information needed to enforce security policies and enable the performance needed in today's demanding network environments.

Troubleshooting tools such as ping, traceroute, throughput, and even live packet captures are integrated directly into the Cisco Meraki dashboard, dramatically reducing resolution times and enabling troubleshooting at remote locations without on-site IT staff.

Layer 7 application visibility

Layer 7 application visibility

Integrated multi-site management
Integrated multi-site management

Live Troubleshooting Tools
Live Troubleshooting Tools

User and Device Fingerprints
User and Device Fingerprints

Automatic E-mail Alerts
Automatic E-mail Alerts
Scheduled Firmware Updates
Scheduled Firmware Updates

Out-of-Band Control PlaneOut-of-Band Control Plane

Cisco Meraki's out-of-band control plane separates network management data from user data. Management data (e.g., configuration, statistics, monitoring, etc.) flows from Cisco Meraki devices (wireless access points, switches, and security appliances) to Cisco Meraki's cloud over a secure Internet connection. User data (web browsing, internal applications, etc.) does not flow through the cloud, instead flowing directly to its destination on the LAN or across the WAN.

Advantages of an out of band control plane:


  • Unlimited throughput: no centralized controller bottlenecks
  • Add devices or sites without MPLS tunnels
  • Add switching capacity without stacking limitations


  • Redundant cloud service provides high availability
  • Network functions even if management traffic is interrupted


  • No user traffic passes through Cisco Meraki's datacenters
  • Fully HIPAA / PCI compliant

What happens if a network loses connectivity to the Cisco Meraki cloud?
Because of Cisco Meraki's out of band architecture, most end users are not affected if Cisco Meraki wireless APs, switches, or security appliances cannot communicate with Cisco Meraki's cloud services (e.g., because of a temporary WAN failure):

  • Users can access the local network (printers, file shares, etc.)
  • If WAN connectivity is available, users can access the Internet
  • Network policies (firewall rules, QoS, etc.) continue to be enforced
  • Users can authenticate via 802.1X/RADIUS and can roam wirelessly between access points
  • Users can initiate and renew DHCP leases
  • Established VPN tunnels continue to operate
  • Local configuration tools are available (e.g., device IP configuration)

While Cisco Meraki's cloud is unreachable, management, monitoring, and hosted services are temporarily unavailable:

  • Configuration and diagnostic tools are unavailable
  • Usage statistics are stored locally until the connection to the cloud is re-established, at which time they are pushed to the cloud
  • Splash pages and related functionality are unavailable

Cisco Meraki Datacenter Design

Cisco Meraki's cloud management service is colocated in tier-1, SAS70 type II certified datacenters. These datacenters feature state of the art physical and cyber security and highly reliable designs. All Cisco Meraki services are replicated across multiple independent datacenters, so that customer-facing services fail over rapidly in the event of a catastrophic datacenter failure.

  • Five geographically dispersed datacenters
  • Every customer's data (network configuration and usage metrics) replicated across three independent datacenters
  • Real-time data replication between datacenters (within 60 seconds)
  • Nightly archival backups

Availability Monitoring

  • 24x7 automated failure detection - all servers are tested every five minutes from multiple locations
  • Rapid escalation procedures across multiple operations teams
  • Independent outage alert system with 3x redundancy

Disaster Recovery

  • Rapid failover to hot spare in event of hardware failure or natural disaster
  • Out of band architecture preserves end-user network functionality, even if connectivity to Cisco Meraki's cloud services is interrupted
  • Failover procedures drilled weekly

Cloud Services Security

  • 24x7 automated intrusion detection
  • Protected via IP and port-based firewalls
  • Access restricted by IP address and verified by public key (RSA)
  • Systems are not accessible via password access
  • Administrators automatically alerted on configuration changes

Physical Security

  • High security card keys and biometric readers control facility access
  • All entries, exits, and cabinets are monitored by video surveillance
  • Security guards monitor all traffic into and out of the datacenters 24x7, ensuring that entry processes are followed
Out-of-Band Architecture
  • Only configuration and usage statistics are stored in the cloud
  • End user data does not traverse through the datacenter
  • All sensitive data (e.g., passwords) stored in encrypted format

Disaster Preparedness

  • Datacenters feature sophisticated sprinkler systems with interlocks to prevent accidental water discharge
  • Diesel generators provide backup power in the event of power loss
  • UPS systems condition power and ensure orderly shutdown in the event of a full power outage
  • Each datacenter has service from at least two top-tier carriers
  • Seismic bracing for raised floor, cabinets, and support systems
  • In the event of a catastrophic datacenter failure, services fail over to another geographically separate datacenter

Environmental Controls

  • Over-provisioned HVAC systems provide cooling and humidity control
  • Flooring systems are dedicated for air distribution


  • Cisco Meraki datacenters are SAS70 type II certified
  • PCI level 1 certified

Service Level Agreement

  • Cisco Meraki's cloud management is backed by a 99.99% uptime SLA. See for details.

Security Tools for Administrators

In addition to Cisco Meraki's secure out-of-band architecture and hardened datacenters, Cisco Meraki provides a number of tools for administrators to maximize the security of their network deployments. These tools provide optimal protection, visibility, and control over your Cisco Meraki network.

Two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to an organization's network by requiring access to an administrator's phone, in addition to her username and password, in order to log in to Cisco Meraki's cloud services. Cisco Meraki's two factor authentication implementation uses secure, convenient, and cost effective SMS technology: after entering their username and password, an administrator is sent an a one-time passcode via SMS, which they must enter before authentication is complete. In the event that a hacker guesses or learns an administrator's password, she still will not be able to access the organization's account, as the hacker does not have the administrator's phone. Cisco Meraki includes two-factor authentication for all enterprise users at no additional cost.

Password policies
Organization-wide security policies for Cisco Meraki accounts help protect access to the Cisco Meraki dashboard. These tools allow administrators to:

  • Force periodic password changes (e.g., every 90 days)
  • Require minimum password length and complexity
  • Lock users out after repeated failed login attempts
  • Disallow password reuse
  • Restrict logins by IP address

Role-based administration
Role-based administration lets supervisors appoint administrators for specific subsets of an organization, and specify whether they have read-only access to reports and troubleshooting tools, administer managed guest access, or can make configuration changes to the network. This minimizes the chance of accidental or malicious misconfiguration, and restricts errors to isolated parts of the network.

Configuration change alerts
The Cisco Meraki system can automatically send human-readable email and text message alerts when configuration changes are made, enabling the entire IT organization to stay abreast of new policies. Change alerts are particularly important with large or distributed IT organizations.

Configuration and login audits
Cisco Meraki logs the time, IP, and approximate location (city, state) of logged in administrators. A searchable configuration change log indicates what configuration changes were made, who they were made by, and which part of the organization the change occurred in.

SSL certificates
Cisco Meraki accounts can only be accessed via https, ensuring that all communication between an administrator's browser and Cisco Meraki's cloud services is encrypted.

Idle Timeout
30 seconds before being logged out, users are shown a notice that allows them to extend their session. Once time expires, users are asked to log in again.

Technical Specifications:

  MS220-8 MS220-8P
  MS220-8 MS220-8P
  • 8 x 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet (RJ45) with auto-MDIX crossover
  • 2 x SFP Gigabit Ethernet interfaces for uplink
  • Auto negotiation and crossover detection
  • 8 x 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet (RJ45) with auto-MDIX crossover
  • 48V DC 802.3af/802.3at Power-over-Ethernet (PoE/PoE+) on the MS220-8P model, available on all ports (maximum of 30W per port for PoE+)
  • 2 x SFP Gigabit Ethernet interfaces for uplink
  • Auto negotiation and crossover detection
Uplink interfaces 2 x SFP Gigabit Ethernet 2 x SFP Gigabit Ethernet
Power-over-Ethernet -
  • 802.3af (PoE) 15.4 W per port and 802/.3at (PoE+) 25.5 W per port
  • Maximum PoE output: 124 W
  • PoE available on all ports simultaneously
  • Pre-standard PoE: supports pre-standard PoE devices
Switching Capacity 20 Gbps 20 Gbps
Power 100-240 VAC, 47-63 Hz 100-240 VAC, 47-63 Hz
Power Consumption (Idle/Full Load Power) 5/10 W max 13/159 W max
Physical Dimensions 9.06" (w) x 8.66" (l) x 1.79" (h)
(23 x 22 x 4.54 cm)
9.06" (w) x 8.66" (l) x 1.79" (h)
(23 x 22 x 4.54 cm)
Weight 2.37 lb. (1.08 kg) 2.97 lb. (1.35 kg)
MTBF 756,000 421,000
Ethernet Switching Capabilities
  • 802.1p Quality of Service prioritization
  • 802.1Q VLAN tagging and Q-in-Q VLAN stacking with 4096 addressable tags
  • 802.1D Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP, STP)
  • 802.1ab Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP)
  • 802.3ad link aggregation with up to 8 ports per aggregate
  • Broadcast storm control
  • IGMP snooping for multicast filtering
  • MAC forwarding table entries: 8,000
  • Integrated two-factor authentication
  • Role-based administration
  • Corporate wide password policy enforcement
  • IEEE 802.1X port-based security
  • Non-blocking fabric
  • 20 Gpbs non-blocking switching capacity
  • 2.5 microsecond latency
  • Managed via the cloud using the Meraki dashboard
  • Integrated with Meraki wireless, routing, and firewall management
  • No-touch remote deployment (no staging needed)
  • Detailed historical per-port and per-client usage statistics
  • DHCP and hostname fingerprinting
  • SNMP v2c
  • Seamless over-the-web firmware upgrades
Remote Diagnostics
  • Email and text alerts
  • Live remote packet capture
  • Aggregated event logs with instant search
Scalable Stacking
  • Unified configuration and monitoring of all switches
  • Virtually stack thousands of switch ports in a single logical stack for unified management, monitoring, and configuration
  • Operating temperature: 32°F to 104°F (0°C to 40°C)
  • Humidity: 5 to 95% non-condensing
  • Silent operation for office environments
  • Surface (wall/desk) mountable with integrated brackets
  • CSA (US)
  • IC (Canada)
  • CE (Europe)
  • C-Tick (Australia/New Zealand)
  • RoHS
Warranty Full lifetime hardware warranty with next-day advanced replacement included

MS Family Switches Compare:

Access and Aggregation Switches for Any Environment

MS220 MS320 MS420
MS220 MS320 MS420


  • Layer 2
  • Gigabit SFP uplinks
  • Gigabit access
  • Supports rack-mounted, remote power supply (except MS220-8/P)
  • Integrated fans
  • 8, 24, 48-port models


  • Layer 3
  • 10 Gigabit SFP+ uplinks
  • Gigabit access
  • Hot-swappable, redundant power supply (with integrated fans)
  • 24, 48-port models


  • Layer 3
  • 10 Gigabit SFP+ interfaces
  • Hot-swappable, redundant power supply
  • Field-replaceable fans
  • Management port
  • 24, 48-port models

Ideal for

  • Access switching at branch sites
  • Deep visibility into clients and applications
  • Energy savings (PoE/PoE+ models)

Ideal for

  • Mission critical access switching
  • Fast uplink requirements
  • High availability environments
  • Next-generation 802.11ac wireless (MR34)
  • Deep visibility into clients, applications
  • Energy savings (PoE/PoE+ models)

Ideal for

  • Campus aggregation switching
  • Unified management from access to aggregation layer
  • Space-constrained locations

Layer 2 Access Switches

MS220-8 MS220-8P MS220-24 MS220-24P MS220-48 MS220-48LP MS220-48FP
  MS220-8 MS220-8P MS22 MS22 MS42 MS42P MS42P
Ports 8 x GbE 8 x GbE 24 x GbE 24 x GbE 48 x GbE 48 x GbE 48 x GbE
Uplink interfaces 2 x SFP for 1G 2 x SFP for 1G 4 x SFP for 1G 4 x SFP for 1G 4 x SFP for 1G 4 x SFP for 1G 4 x SFP for 1G
Total PoE/PoE+ budget - 124 W - 370 W - 370 W 720 W
Switching capacity 20 Gbps 20 Gbps 48 Gbps 48 Gbps 104 Gbps 104 Gbps 104 Gbps
Loaded power consumption 10 W 159 W 18 W 467 W 51 W 505 W 903 W

Layer 3 Access Switches

MS320-24 MS320-24P MS320-48 MS320-48LP MS320-48FP
  MS320-24 MS320-24P MS320-48 MS320-48LP MS320-48FP
Ports 24 x GbE 24 x GbE 48 x GbE 48 x GbE 48 x GbE
Uplink interfaces 4 x SFP+ for 1G/10G 4 x SFP+ for 1G/10G 4 x SFP+ for 1G/10G 4 x SFP+ for 1G/10G 4 x SFP+ for 1G/10G
Total PoE/PoE+ budget - 370 W - 370 W 720 W
Switching capacity 128 Gbps 56 Gbps 176 Gbps 176 Gbps 176 Gbps
Loaded power consumption 39 W 454 W 55 W 480 W 885 W

Aggregation Switches

MS420-24 MS420-48
  Cisco Meraki MS420-24: 24 Port 10 GbE Aggregation Switch Cisco Meraki MS420-48: 48 Port 10 GbE Aggregation Switch
Ports 24 x 10 GbE 24 x 10 GbE
Uplink interfaces SFP+/SFP SFP+/SFP
Total PoE/PoE+ budget - -
Switching capacity 480 Gbps 960 Gbps
Loaded power consumption 400 W 400 W


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