Jul 08 2021

How to Improve Wireless Network Management with Meraki

Whether you’re looking to adopt a new tool or maximize your experience, these tips can help you get the most out of this unified management solution.

Healthcare organizations are prime candidates for cloud transitions, but doing so often comes with a steep learning curve. Migrating diverse administrative workloads responsibly is tricky enough. Healthcare IT professionals must also place compliance, privacy and security at the forefront of their efforts.

For those in the market for a cloud-based network platform, Cisco Meraki supplies an array of digitalization, security, Wi-Fi and telecommuting products. Here’s how to best leverage the platform, whether IT teams are looking to adopt a Meraki solution or learn how to maximize their experience.

1. The Meraki Dashboard Isn’t the Be-All, End-All

Part of Meraki’s draw is its simplicity, which allows IT pros to orchestrate many management tasks via its cloud-based, built-in graphical user interface. Rather than going cross-eyed on the command line, Meraki’s dashboard provides an intuitive interface to make changes, such as tackling a variety of mobile device management tasks.

Administrators may need to make deeper changes to shore up security, govern network performance and ensure compliance. This is where the extensibility of Meraki’s application programming interfaces comes into play. Take advantage of Meraki’s RESTful API. Users can automate, monitor and build solutions supplemental to the dashboard with built-in APIs.

2. Keep an Eye on Endpoints

Healthcare IT pros contend with more than just desktops and mobile devices. They also have network-connected beds and critical medical devices such as ventilators. A large hospital may contain as many as 85,000 connected medical devices.

Within the Meraki ecosystem, IT teams can securely manage endpoints through features such as secure boot, firmware image signing and device trust anchors. They may also separate networks by device type, or even develop flexible oversight strategies based on network scope.

Device configurations happen on a per-network basis, so IT leaders can divvy up management based on a wireless service set identifier, for example, to maintain separation of medical devices from other endpoints.

READ MORE: How the evolution of networking infrastructure supports smart hospitals.

3. Stay Flexible with Template-Based Networks

A dynamic solution for multiple concurrent network deployments, templating lets IT teams craft numerous dashboard networks from a base configuration. Templates allow network configurations to automatically and rapidly load onto connected devices. This cuts down massively on tedious manual setup work. Templates jump-start the efficient rollout of new sites, user settings and more. Because changes to the base network are automatically pushed ubiquitously, security updates and feature additions aren’t forgotten.

Templates are fantastic when different locations share networking designs. Templating ensures rapid deployment with minimal errors associated with tedious setups.

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