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The Cisco Meraki MR30H is a dual-band 802.11ac cloud-managed access point with integrated Ethernet switch. Designed for room wireless and wired connectivity, the MR30H is easy to install on the wall on a single gang box, and is the first cloud managed hospitality AP.
This guide provides instruction on how to install and configure your MR30H access points. This guide also provides mounting instructions and limited troubleshooting procedures. For more wireless installation guides, refer to the wireless installation guides section on our documentation website.
The MR30H package contains the following:
The MR30H features multiple options for physically securing the access point after installation:
The MR30H features a Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port that accepts 802.3at and 802.3af power on the rear of the unit. This port should be used for uplink to your WAN connection.
The MR30H features 4x LAN ports labeled 1 through 4. Port 1 may provide 802.3af out to a end device if the MR30H is powered via a 802.3at power source. Configuration details can be found in the AP port profiles article.
The LAN ports on an MR30H behave like access ports on a switch, and will not accept incoming traffic if it has a VLAN (802.1q) tag applied.
The MR30H access point can be powered via PoE using either the Meraki PoE Injector (sold separately), or a PoE switch.
The MR30H will function in low power mode when powered by a 802.3af power source. While in low power mode, the MR30H will disable 802.3af out on the LAN1 port. Despite being in low power mode, the device can still supply full wireless capabilities.
If the button is pressed and held for at least ﬁve seconds and then released, the MR30H will reboot and be restored to its original factory settings by deleting all configuration information stored on the unit.
The factory reset button is located on the rear of the unit and must be ejected from the mount plate in order to be activated.
The MR30H is equipped with a multi-color LED light on the front of the unit on the top right to convey information about system functionality and performance. The LED shines through the faceplate of the AP and is not visible when either disabled via Run Dark mode or powered off.
The MR30H features four green Ethernet status LEDs near the bottom of the faceplate. When an Ethernet client is connected, the LED will shine through the faceplate if Run Dark mode is not enabled.
The MR30H may be operated in “Run Dark” mode for additional security and to reduce the visibility of the access point. In this mode, the LED will not be illuminated. This mode may be configured through Meraki dashboard.
When a MR30H is rebooted with rundark mode enabled, a orange LED will illuminate during boot then all lights will be turned off after boot.
These operations are to be taken with respect to all local laws. Please take the following into consideration for safe operation:
You should complete the following steps before going on-site to perform an installation.
The following is a brief overview only of the steps required to add an MR30H to your network. For detailed instructions about creating, conﬁguring and managing Meraki wireless networks, refer to the online documentation (documentation.meraki.com).
To ensure your MR30H performs optimally immediately following installation, it is recommended that you facilitate a ﬁrmware upgrade prior to mounting your MR30H.
* If the unit requires an upgrade, the LED will begin blinking orange until the upgrade is complete, at which point the LED will turn solid green or blue. You should allow at least a few minutes for the ﬁrmware upgrade to complete, depending on the speed of your internet connection.
If a ﬁrewall is in place, it must allow outgoing connections on particular ports to particular IP addresses. Check the Meraki Dashboard under the help section for Firewall inforamtion.
All gateway MR30Hs (MR30Hs with Ethernet connections to the LAN) must be assigned routable IP addresses. These IP addresses can be dynamically assigned via DHCP or statically assigned.
When using DHCP, the DHCP server should be conﬁgured to assign a static IP address for each MAC address belonging to a Meraki AP. Other features of the wireless network, such as 802.1X authentication, may rely on the property that the APs have static IP addresses.
Static IPs are assigned using the local web server on each AP. The following procedure describes how to set the static IP:
Instead of associating to each Meraki AP individually to conﬁgure static IP addresses, an administrator can assign static IP addresses on the upstream DHCP server. Through “DHCP reservations,” IP addresses are “reserved” for the MAC addresses of the Meraki APs. Please consult the documentation for the DHCP server to conﬁgure DHCP reservations.
You will need the following tools to perform an installation:
You will need the following hardware to perform an installation:
A good mounting location is important to getting the best performance out of your MR30H access point. Keep the following in mind:
For most mounting scenarios, the MR30H mount cradle provides a quick, simple, and ﬂexible means of mounting your device. The installation should be done in two steps. First, install the mount cradle to your selected location. Then, attach the MR30H to the mount cradle.
The MR30H can be mounted to a 4” square cable junction box and European outlet boxes (mounting screws are not included).
Using appropriate mounting hardware for your specific type of junction box, attach the mount cradle to the junction box.
To attach the MR30H to the mount cradle properly, line up the top edge of the AP with the top tab of the mount cradle. Since the cradle is already mounted to the wall, guide the MR30H towards the top tab and insert the top tabs into the MR30H’s slot.
Then adjust the MR30H to guide the MR30H’s bottom slot into the cradle’s bottom tab until it clicks into place. Once in place, the MR30H should be secured to the cradle by using one of the included screws in the cradle’s bottom tab.
Depending on your mounting environment, you may want to secure the MR30H to its mount location. Your MR30H can be secured via security screw (Torx security screws are included).
To release the MR30H from the mount cradle, first remove the security screw that secures the MR30H to the cradle’s bottom tab. While holding the MR30H with one hand, use the eject tool to trigger the release mechnisim. Then remove the MR30H from the cradle’s top tab.
The following steps can be used for troubleshooting basic connectivity issues with your access point.
If your access point still does not connect, the following instructions may be useful, depending on your issue.
Check Radio Functionality by Making the AP a Repeater
Check Ethernet Port Functionality by Connecting to the AP
Check Static IP Address Configuration
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