Changelog: New MX APIs, MR26 beta, and combined power

Changelog: New MX APIs, MR26 beta, and  combined power

New MX Uplink API Endpoints

A new set of MX uplink bandwidth control endpoints were recently added to the Dashboard API. You can now provision the maximum bandwidth values programmatically on a per-uplink basis (WAN1/WAN2/cellular) for any appliance.

This set of API endpoints replicate UI functionality of the Uplink configuration sliders found at the top of the Security & SD-WAN > SD-WAN & traffic shaping page. The ability to update these uplink bandwidth max values via a script or third-party app is massively valuable for large enterprises where bulk updates to MX uplink settings via the UI is too time consuming .

Meraki uplink settings API settings

Documentation is available under the Uplink Settings tab on the Dashboard API docs page.

New MR Beta Release!

MR 26.1 just hit Dashboard as the newest Meraki wireless beta firmware release. Like any new wireless release, it contains important updates to the latest hardware models (MR20,70,42E,53E), new features, bug fixes, and security updates. 

Meraki MR26 beta firmware release

New features

  • Stable firmware for MR42E/53E/20/70
  • Auto external antenna detection for C/D/E/F series antennas
  • Mandatory DHCP
  • Cisco Umbrella (formerly OpenDNS) Integration with MR
  • MR no longer disassociates client upon receipt of CoA packet
  • Alternate Management VLAN support (more on this soon)
  • Maximum speed limit of “75+ Mbps” removed from Local Status Page speed test
  • Added the ability to download diagnostic information from the device local status page for the Meraki Support team to examine

MX Content Filtering API Endpoints

A new set of dashboard API endpoints were also recently added to manage content filtering rules on MX networks.

Meraki content filtering API settings

The new endpoints allow the following interactions:

Combining this with a few of the Meraki Dashboard API plugins already created becomes quite useful for both network admins and end users.

For example, a simple web app form could be quickly made with the desired whitelist/blacklist, or drop-down category selection for end users that need to be whitelisted to excused from specific content categories.

Another, perhaps even simpler integration is to combine the new filtering API endpoint interactions with the Google Sheets Meraki extension that’s available for realtime reporting of content filtering policies in use.

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MS300 Series Combined Power Enhancements

A new combined power firmware feature was recently added to the MS300 series switches (MMS350/MS355) to enable a secondary power supply to be used as an additive power source. This feature taps into the standby power supply to draw more PoE port capacity in a switch than would normally be supported with a traditional primary/standby power supply configuration.

Combined power is is only available today on the higher-end, MS300 series edge switching platforms and requires MS11 firmware or higher.

To enable in Dashboard, simply navigate to Switch > Switch settings on compatible networks.

Meraki switch combined power settings

Combined power API

Combined power also includes an API endpoint for programmatic deployment. It’s the first of the features on the Switch settings page to get API support – part of the new Switch Settings API endpoint.

Meraki switch settings APIs

Meraki Insight WAN Health: custom ping targets

MI customers might have noticed that the WAN Health page (under the Insight tab) now supports per-uplink ping destinations. The loss, latency, and jitter statistics are then scored against the new custom target for tighter monitoring controls.

Meraki WAN Health new ping destinations

Want to add a new ping destination? Simply navigate to the Uplink statistics section on the SD-WAN & Traffic Shaping page and add new targets.

Meraki SD-WAN and traffic shaping uplink statistics settings

Well, that’s all for now.

If you’re paying attention to the recent Meraki changelog updates, you probably noticed an uptick in the API feature velocity of late. A good signal for enterprises automating provisioning, deployment, monitoring, or integration services.

If that’s not you, then Tony Carmichael’s recent “How APIs are Changing Network Management” talk at Tech Field Day might be worth a watch. Tony is at the center of the Meraki’s API development focus and output – and a thoughtful speaker.