Meraki API – Where Do You Start?

Problem: It’s 2018 and I don’t know squat about API’s, PYTHON, JSON, NETMIKO or any of the other neat and cool things kids are doing these days. I’ve been avoiding these things because they are new and possibly difficult to learn, even though it’s painfully obvious that this is the future for network engineers young and old.

Goal: Learn how to use the Meraki API by writing this blog and hopefully it will teach others that are standing in the same shoes. I want to be able to actually utilize this stuff in the real world, as I’m sure you do too.

I’ve been aware for a few years now that Meraki has API functionality and that some guy uses it to tell his Alexa to enable or disable his SSID. My first reaction was I’ll never need to use that. However when I started to look into its possibilities, I quickly realized that I should start to learn how to use this stuff. So here I go…

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You down with L.T.E.? (Yeah, you know Me-raki!)

Cisco Meraki recently came out with some newer security appliances for their MX model lineup. While this is good news as they now have higher throughput capabilities, and some other stuff and things. The most intriguing new feature is that specific models now support built-in cellular connections (Verizon or AT&T for U.S.).

Specifically the MX67C and MX68CW have a new SIM slot with an internal LTE modem with the following specs:

  • 1 x CAT 6, 300 Mbps LTE modem
  • 1 x Nano SIM slot (4ff form factor)

You can review their entire MX family datasheet here.

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