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Anther Configure page containing many useful settings is the Access Control page (Figure 10). Again, you'll need to view the larger image to see all the settings, which include encryption, sign-on (direct, click-through and sign-on splash pages and paid access), per-client bandwidth limit, and client IP assignment. The last control assigns wireless client IPs either from the Meraki controller, establishing a NATed WLAN, or from your LAN's DHCP server, creating a bridged WLAN.

Access control settings
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Figure 10: Access control settings

This page also contains numerous options for controlling client access, including MAC address white and black lists and, if you're using the NAT mode, content filtering (using OpenDNS) and LAN isolation. If you're in bridge mode, you can enable 802.1Q VLAN tagging.

Finally, the Wireless options section of this page provides three choices for client band selection and an 802.11b legacy enable / disable. Band selection choices are Dual Band, 5 GHz only and Dual band with steering. This last option detects clients capable of 5 GHz operation and steers them to that frequency, while leaving 2.4 GHz available for legacy clients.

The Meraki system can handle up to 15 SSIDs per network, although using the older, less-expensive 802.11B/G APs will knock that down to four. Figure 11 shows the Configure > Overview page, where you set up the SSIDs.

Setting up SSIDs on the Overview page
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Figure 11: Setting up SSIDs on the Overview page

I'll just mention two other Configure section options, which you can explore via the simulator. If you've enabled it on the Access control page, you can configure the Splash page. And if you're running in NAT mode, you can enable and configure the Meraki Toolbar, which will be added to users' browsers. The toolbar can be branded with a logo and configured to contain up to 25 custom messages and selected web feeds.

Note that there are no controls for QoS, WMM, power save, fragmentation, beacon period, transmit power or channel width (for N APs). As I noted earlier, Meraki handles all of that for you.

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