If I purchase Cisco Meraki hardware do I also need to purchase licenses for the respective hardware?
Yes. All Cisco Meraki hardware requires a valid license for the respective hardware in order for it to function and qualify for support.
What are my licensing options?
MX Security Appliance license options come in two varieties, the MX Enterprise License and the MX Advanced Security License. Licenses for the MS, MR and MV hardware are; the MS Enterprise License, MR Enterprise License and the MV Enterprise License respectively.
What is the difference between the MX Enterprise License and the MX Advanced Security License?
The MX Advanced Security License includes all the same features as the MX Enterprise Licence but adds additional advanced security features such as intrusion detection/prevention, content filtering, anti-virus, anti-malware, anti-phishing, Youtube for Schools and web search filtering.
Can an organization have different MX security appliances in their organizations network(s) licensed differently?
No. Each organization is required to use either the MX Enterprise License OR the MX Advanced Security License uniformly. For example, you can have all 25 appliances using the MX Enterprise License OR the MX Advanced Security License, organizations cannot have 20 appliances using one edition and 5 using the other.
Does Cohort recommend the Cisco Meraki MX Advances Security License over the MX Enterprise License?
Yes! With attacks on computing environments in their various forms becoming more and more complex it is critical that your networks security appliance provide advanced security features such as intrusion detection/prevention, content filtering, anti-virus, anti-malware, anti-phishing, Youtube for Schools and web search filtering. It is for this reason Cohort recommends to its customers they purchase the MX Advanced Security Licence and not the MX Enterprise Licence unless you have other threat detection and prevention solutions in place.
How long are Cisco Meraki MX, MS, MR, MC and MV licenses valid for?
All Cisco Meraki license options are available in 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10 year options.
Do the 3, 5, 7 and 10 year license options offer savings over the 1 year option?
Yes, the longer term options provide significant savings over the shorter term options. For example, when purchasing multi-year license options you receive 3 years for the price of 2 (1 free year), 5 years for the price of 3 (2 free years), 7 years for the price of 5 (2 free years) and 10 years for the price of 7 (3 free years).
What license term does Cohort recommend I buy?
Since the 10 year license pricing provides 3 free years and a 5 year license provides for 2 free years, buying the 5 year license option back to back would provide a total of 4 free years versus the 3 free years of a single 10 year license. Therefore, Cohort recommends the 5 year licence option for new Meraki products you are licensing and then renewing for another 3 or 5 years when the initial 5 year licenses are due to expire. Doing so provides for maximum savings and licensing renewal flexibility. Cohort does not recommend purchasing the 1 year license option as they are not of good value.
How is Cisco Meraki licensing applied?
Cisco Meraki licensing is applied on an organization-wide basis. What this means is that a licence isn't purchased for a specific device, rather each licence added to the organization increases the number of a specific device type that can be added to the organization.
The number of devices in an organization can not exceed the licence limitations, if this occurs the organization will enter a 30 day grace period during which the organization must be brought back in compliance. Should the organization not be brought back into Compliance it will be shut down until proper licensing is applied to the Organization. Note: During the grace period clients will notice no difference.
I have added new hardware with different term licenses to my organization. How will my licenses terminate (expire)?
Cisco Meraki licensing is co-terminating. This means the end dates for all licensing is averaged together based on device type and licensing limits. Suppose an organization had 2 separate Enterprise AP licences, one licence is for 2 APs spanning 1-year (365 days) and another for 1 AP spanning 5-years (1825 days). The co-termination value would be calculated as ((1825*1)+(365*2))/3= 851 days per AP. This allows an organization to add more devices and licenses over time without having to worry about a myriad of license expiration dates.
Note: The organization co-termination date does not depend on the current device count, but rather the license limit. Removing devices from a network or organization will not impact the co-termination date.
To calculate how licenses impact each other in an organization you may use the License Calculator.
I have received a notification from Cisco Meraki stating I need to renew my licenses for my hardware in my organization. How do I determine what licenses I require?
To determine what your license renewal requirements are cohort recommends you complete the following steps:
- Login to your Meraki Dashboard
- Go to Organization / Licensing Info.
- Under the License information heading you will see a listing of all the hardware/services requiring licensing.
- Purchase the licences in the quantities indicated from COHORT.CA in Canada or COHORT.US in the United States making sure not to miss a licence or getting a required quantity incorrect. Not licensing a particular piece of hardware will make its licence invalid and therefore cease to function until the license shortfall/deficiency is rectified.