Securing your Meraki Wireless Network.
Meraki Wireless solutions offer unique features to help you manage the network. As WiFi experts, we deploy highly efficient smart WiFi solutions for businesses and organizations of various sizes in different industries. Something we've found in common in all Wireless network deployment is that all companies want to have some type of control over the wireless network traffic. The main reason for this is to ensure that business applications have the proper bandwidth to carry out their functions, prevent users from abusing the wireless service, and prioritize critical traffic.
One of the major problems of unmanaged WiFi networks is that you don't have any visibility into the network, and not knowing how many users and devices are connecting to it, how much bandwidth is user is consuming, how other wireless signals are affecting your network may prove to be very costly.
Luckily, there are many features Meraki makes available to solve this problem. You can add nother security layer to your network by implementing the application control settings at the SSID or AP level. Here's a list of the settings you can implement to control your wireless traffic.
Layer 2 LAN Isolation: Lan isolation prevents wireless clients connecting to the same Wireless network from communicating with other associated clients in the network. This setting is a must for public WiFi as it prevents the various type of wireless attacks, including DoD and MiM just to name a couple.
Layer 3 Firewall Security: Meraki Access Points allow you to set up and configure Firewall rules at the SSID level. That is a huge advantage as you can control traffic at the access level rather than let it flow to your security device for inspection. Not only it's saving precious bandwidth but also precious air time as connections may be allowed or rejected upon SSID authentication.
Layer 7 Application Control: The concept of Layer 7 firewalls is not to be confused with Web content filters. Although they do similar things, there are significant differences, especially when it comes to traffic categorization. The point is that Meraki Wireless solutions allow you to control application access with layer 7 firewall rules. Again, these rules at applied at the SSID level, so settings for one SSID do not affect users connecting to other SSIDs, even when the same access point is broadcasting both SSIDs.
Traffic Shaping: The allowed traffic in your network can be further restricted with traffic shaping rules. It's a simple rule that sets a maximum bandwidth threshold to wireless clients connecting to the restricted SSID. Meaning this, you can restrict client connections to use a maximum bandwidth limit you deem necessary. You also have the option of excepting applications from the bandwidth restriction to ensure that critical applications always have sufficient bandwidth even the rest of the traffic is bogged down.
As you can see Meraki Wireless offers a granular type of application control that allows administrators to maintain and manage wireless infrastructure efficiently. In the era of public WIFI and BYOD we need to make sure we offer a reliable and secure service while prioritizing business applications. We are Wireless experts developing smart WiFi solutions for businesses and organization of all sites, contact us 888-580-4450 | firstname.lastname@example.org | or 888-580-4450 to learn more about our Wireless support services and solutions.