The Cisco Meraki Z1 is an enterprise class firewall / VPN gateway with five Gigabit Ethernet ports and a dual-radio 802.11n wireless. The Z1 extends the power of the Meraki cloud managed networking to employees, IT staff, and executives working from home.
Using the patent-pending Meraki Auto VPN, administrators can deploy network services including VoIP and remote desktop (RDP) to remote employees with a single-click, provide wired and wireless access, and increase end-user productivity through Layer 7 traaffic shaping.
The Z1 features a high performance stateful firewall, support for multiple VLANs, inter-VLAN routing, and isolation to segregate corporate data from recreational traffic. In addition, the Z1 is packed with advanced 802.11n technologies including MIMO, beam forming, and channel bonding to provide reliable and high speed network access for most demanding business applications.
Teleworker gateway services
Cloud-based centralized management
Traffic shaping and application management
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The Meraki Z1 is a great security appliance with integrated 802.11n wifi, however, it only supports up to 5 devices and site-to-site VPN but no client VPN. Therefore, the Z1 is an ideal device for a remote worker needing to connect their computer, printer, mobile devices and maybe a VoIP telephone back to the corporate network. Because the device only supports the Meraki Enterprise License is does not have Advanced Security License features such as content filtering, antivirus/malware detection and prevention. No does it support intrusion detection and prevention unless you configure your Z1 site-to-site VPN as full tunnel vs. split tunnel so that your MX device at your main office can provide the advanced security features on traffic being pushed over the site-to-site VPN. Overall the Z1 is a great device if you use it for supporting a single remote user that needs to connect back to your corporate LAN securely.