How to Use Network Performance Monitor to Monitor Meraki Wireless Infrastructure

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How to Use Network Performance Monitor to Monitor Meraki Wireless Infrastructure

Wired connections are recommended for servers and networks. But, as time passes, everything becomes wireless. Wires are becoming a major pain, and everyone wants to avoid them. Easy to set up and administer, unlike cable management, which has long been a headache for network professionals. Regardless of whether a network is wired or wireless, it must be monitored. When putting up a wireless infrastructure, Cisco Meraki is frequently used. You may control your network’s endpoint devices from a centralised management system, such as wireless devices.

So, what?

Before you begin, ensure your network has the Network Performance Monitor utility installed (download here). If not, you may learn to do so by reading our article on monitoring your network using NPM.

Why NPM, you ask? First, it is the industry standard for network management, with a wide range of capabilities that make the job of a network administrator simple. If you’re still not convinced, a thorough NPM review could help. You’ll also need admin access to your Meraki account. Once the programme is installed, you may start monitoring your networks.

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Insights into Meraki Wireless

A Cisco Meraki wireless infrastructure must be added as an external node to the Solarwinds Orion database. In addition, an NPM node licence is required for each Meraki organisation.

How to add Meraki to NPM:

  1. Log in as an admin to your Orion web console.
  2. After logging in, select Settings, then Manage Nodes.
  3. Click Add a Node to add your organisation as an external node.
  4. Select Meraki Wireless: API for polling. Dashboard.meraki.com is the default hostname for Meraki networks.
  5. Input the API key created in the Cisco Meraki Dashboard.
  6. If you have more than a one registered organisation, choose it from the list. One organisation is picked by default if none are registered.
  7. Then check your API key, proxy settings, and group.
  8. Vary the polling interval to change how often the node status or statistics are updated.
  9. This section allows you to control when a node’s status changes from Warning to Critical.
  10. Once finished, click OK, Add Node.

View Meraki’s Overview

NPM now monitors your Meraki organisation as a wireless controller node because you installed it as an external node. After the first, you will be able to obtain a summary of the observed data.

Click My Dashboards > Networks > Wireless to get the Meraki organisation summary. You may click a wireless access point to get more details like active wireless clients.

User Questions:

How do I monitor Meraki?

You must enable access to the Meraki Dashboard API. In your Meraki environment, visit Organization> Settings > Dashboard API access, and select the Enable access to the Cisco Meraki Dashboard API option. After allowing the API access, head to the My Profile page and generate an API key.

Does Meraki utilize SolarWinds?

DURHAM, N.C.—(BUSINESS WIRE)— SolarWinds (NYSE:SWI), a leading supplier of sophisticated and cheap IT management software, today announced an extension of their monitoring capabilities inside the Cisco® Meraki® Marketplace, which is now able to combine the Cisco Meraki Dashboard API with SolarWinds® N-central®.

What is the Meraki tool?

Cisco Meraki offers the unique ability to execute a thorough packet capture from anywhere with an internet connection without being directly connected to the relevant switch. Instead, choose the port or device in the dashboard and perform the capture.

What is the best way to obtain Meraki wireless access points for my home network?

The Access Point Status page is available from the Access Point list under Wireless > Access Points. To check the Access Point Status Page for any given access point, click on it.

How can I acquire my Meraki API key?

As per our Docs, you’ll need to allow API access by heading to Organization> Settings > Dashboard API access, and then go to your profile (Pick your email at the top right of any Dashboard page and click “My Profile”) to generate a key.