Dear Diary: Installing the Meraki Outdoor

Posted on Monday, January 24, 2011, under

December 2010

img_product_outdoor_mantle_250x280_bInternet installation was quick and easy. The connection was also superb. Unplanned for technical and financial activities followed up making the day a very busy one. Once the ISP link was working, it was now time to install the Meraki (looks like something you’d want to show off in your living room instead of outdoors). The Meraki powered up fine and seemed to receive the Ethernet signal quite well but there was a problem, No internet connection. The initial connection was a PPPOE which only meant that a router was needed to allow the necessary configuration of IP to the Meraki device. Since the Outdoor was powered up and searching for a signal, two wireless signals appeared (I read this from my laptop). One wireless signal read with an SSID Meraki bad gateway and another with an SSID Meraki Scanning. Meraki bad gateway signal will appear when the outdoor is connected but not receiving any signal at all-happens mostly within the minutes you power it up or when the IP configuration on your device isn’t so good.

As soon as it is powered up and with a few minutes to wait, the Meraki will start scanning which will be visible to you through the moving LED lights. In the event that the connection and signal is good, the SSID will change either to Meraki or your customized SSID. You can Learn how to configure customize an SSID through the Pro Cloud Controller (dashboard). With a good range and a few hours into installation, your wireless network should be visible to connected persons in your area. Also remember that configuring the Meraki from the central management point (Meraki Dashboard for pro) just doesn’t make it alright. You need to ensure that the connected device checks in and that the status on the dashboard registers as active. An outdoor acts like an access point, a gateway and repeater.

In case you need to set up a mesh network, only one of your outdoors or any other Meraki device needs to be connected to the internet so that it can act as a gateway. All the other devices will communicate with the single gateway wirelessly thus eliminating the need for connecting each network device with a separate Ethernet connection and will be identified as repeaters. They however need to be powered up which is something that has been taken care of by the PoE (power over Ethernet). PoE allows you to transmit data and power using a single Ethernet cable. This eliminates the headache of tricky outdoor power/electrical mappings.

Well, I’ve finally picked up a router from a local dealer. I gotta run but I hope to see you when I discuss the outcome-Meraki outdoor: days into installation.


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