MS250 Overview and Specifications (2022)

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Overview

The Cisco Meraki MS250 series switches provide reliable access switching ideal for deploying in branches and small campuses. With stacking capabilities and 10G SFP+ uplinks on every model, redundancy and performance are guaranteed. This family also supports redundant, field-replaceable power supplies for mission-critical networks.

With 5 different models, capable of providing up to 740W of PoE+ power over a variety of port densities, including SFP+ capable uplinks, the MS250line is fully ready to support branch and small campus infrastructure deployments.

MS250 Overview and Specifications (1)

Features

  • Managed via Cisco Meraki Dashboard
  • Remote Packet Capture Tools via Meraki Dashboard
  • Automatic Firmware upgrades
  • SNMP/Syslog Integration
  • IPv4/6 ACL support
  • 802.1q VLANtagging
  • L3 Switching including OSPF
  • Dual Dedicated 40G Hardware Stacking Ports
  • Broadcast Storm Control
  • Dynamic ARP Inspection / DHCPSnooping
  • 802.1X Authentication
  • 10/100/1000 Mbps RJ45
  • 4x 1000/10000 MbpsSFP+
  • PoE+ models available for device level powering
  • Warm Spare capable

Configuration

The basic initial configuration of the MS250is just as simple as any other model of MS switch.The links below provide additionalinformation and instructions relating to eachstep in getting the device setup and configured for the first time.

  1. Claim the device to an Organization on the Meraki Dashboard
    1. If a Dashboard Organization does not yet exist, Create one
  2. Add the device to a Dashboard Network
    1. If a Network does not yet exist, Create one first
  3. Physically connect the device to the local network
    1. Connect one of the RJ45 ports to existing infrastructure to provide a temporaryuplink
    2. Power on the device and let itcheck in to the Dashboard
    3. If necessary, configure a Static IP throughthe Local Status Pageto allow it to communicate with the Meraki Dashboard.
  4. Allow the device to completecheck-in and perform any initial firmware upgrades
  5. Finish configuring the device from the Meraki Dashboard
    1. Create a Switch Stack
    2. ManagelocalVLANs/ Port configuration
    3. Configure Layer 3 Routing

Context and Comparisons

MS225-48FP MS250-48LP MS250-48FP
1GbE RJ45 48 48 48
10GbE SFP+ 4 4 4
Hardware Stack Port 2 2 2
Dedicated Mgmt Interface 1 1 1
Hot Swap Power Supply - Yes, Dual Yes, Dual
Layer 3 Routing Static Routing Yes, OSPF Yes, OSPF
Max Stacking Bandwidth 80 Gbps 80 Gbps 80 Gbps
Max Switching Capacity 176 Gbps 176 Gbps 176 Gbps

Technical Breakdown

Hardware Breakdown

MS250-24 MS250-24P MS250-48 MS250-48LP MS250-48FP
1GbERJ45 24 24 48 48 48
10GbE SFP+ 4 4 4 4 4
10GHardware StackPort 2 2 2 2 2
Dedicated MgmtInterface 1 1 1 1 1
Fan Operation Fixed Internal Fixed Internal Fixed Internal Fixed Internal Fixed Internal
Hot Swap Power Supply Yes, Dual Yes, Dual Yes, Dual Yes, Dual Yes, Dual
Optional Power Supply 2 x 250W 2 x 640W 2 x 250W 2 x 640W 2 x 1025W

Throughput and Capabilities

MS250-24 MS250-24P MS250-48 MS250-48LP MS250-48FP
Layer 3 Routing Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PoE+ Capable - Yes, 370W - Yes, 370W Yes, 740W
Switching Capacity 128 Gbps 128 Gbps 176 Gbps 176 Gbps 176 Gbps
Stacking Bandwidth 80 Gbps 80 Gbps 80 Gbps 80 Gbps 80 Gbps

Physical

MS250-24 MS250-24P MS250-48 MS250-48LP MS250-48FP
Mount Type 1U Rack Mount 1U Rack Mount 1U Rack Mount 1U Rack Mount 1U Rack Mount
Dimensions(h x w x d)

1.72 x 19x 14.89in

(4.38 x 48.46 x 37.8cm)

1.72 x 19x 14.89in

(4.38 x 48.46 x 37.8cm)

1.72 x 19 x 18.82in
(4.38 x 48.46 x 47.8cm)
1.72 x 19 x 18.82in
(4.38 x 48.46 x 47.8cm)
1.72 x 19 x 20.42in
(4.38 x 48.46 x 51.87cm)
Weight 9.9 lb (4.5 kg) 10.59 lb (4.8 kg) 11.56 lb (5.24 kg) 12.37 lb (5.61 kg) 12.83 lb (5.82 kg)
Power Consumption 15 - 882 W 15 - 882 W 15 - 882 W 15 - 882 W 15 - 882 W
Power Load (idle/max) 14 / 27 W 15 / 434 W 24 / 44 W 46 / 480 W 25 / 874 W
Operating Temperature 23 °F - 122 °F
-5°C - 50°C
23 °F - 122 °F
-5°C - 50°C
23 °F - 122 °F
-5°C - 50°C
23 °F - 122 °F
-5°C - 50°C
23 °F - 122 °F
-5°C - 50°C
Humidity 5% to 95% 5% to 95% 5% to 95% 5% to 95% 5% to 95%
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Troubleshooting

The MS uses LEDs to inform the user of the device's status. When the device powers on, all the Internet LEDs flash twice. Additional functions are described below, from left to right.

Front Panel Components

Item

Function

LED Status

Meaning

1

Power

Solid orange

Switch is unable to connect to the Meraki cloud

Flashing white

Firmware upgrade in process

Solid white

Switch is fully operational and connected to the Meraki cloud

Off

Switch does not have power

2 Restore N/A Restore button to clear switch IP and local configuration settings

3

Switch Ports

Off

No link is detected on this port

Solid orange

10/100 Mbps (1 Gbps on SFP+)

Solid green

1 Gbps (10 Gbps on SFP+)

In addition, there is a RESTORE button available on the front panel.

Insert a paperclip if a restore is required.

  • A brief, momentary press: To delete a downloaded configuration and reboot.

  • Press and hold for more than 10 sec: To force the unit into a full factory restore.

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Back Panel Components

Item

Function

LED Status

Meaning

1

Management Interface

Green

Connected, used for easy access to the local status page

2

Stack Ports

Green

QSFP stacking cable is connected

Off No link is detected on this port

3

Redundant Power Supplies

Green

Active and functional power supplies

Power cords may be ordered separately.

Equipment is to be used only in a restricted access location and installed/operated only by trained service personnel.

Common Troubleshooting

My device is connected to the network but not checking in to the Merakicloud orshows a solid Orange LED.

Confirm that the device is powered on and has a valid IP address that is able to access the Internet. Use the Local Status Page to get more information about the connectivity status of the device such as if it can successfully reach the Local Gateway, Internet, and/or Meraki Cloud servers. If necessary, contact Meraki Support for additional assistance.

My Status LED is blinking WHITE

A blinking WHITE Status LED indicates that the device is in contact with the Dashboard Cloud servers and is performing a firmware update. This can sometimes take 20-45 minutes or more to complete depending on hardware and other factors.

My Status LED is blinking ORANGE

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The device is not able to successfully communicate with the Dashboard Cloud servers or there may be a hardware issue with the device. Check the Local Status Page of the device to confirm the status andreach out to Meraki Support for further troubleshooting.

Event Log

The most common Event Log messages and their meaning are listed below.

Port STPchange

Indicates the STP stateof the port has changed, lists the relevant port number, previous, and new states. Typically accompanied by a'Port status change' event.

Port status change

Indicates the link state of the port has changed, lists the relevant port number, old,and new state. Always accompanied by a 'Port STP change' event.

Common Stacking Alerts

View our dedicated Switch Stacking document for more detailed information about configuring a Switch Stack and common issues.

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Ensure all stack members are configured on dashboard, online and connected via their stacking ports. If connected and configured correctly, the error will disappear within 20-30 minutes. If the error persists, please contact Cisco Meraki Technical Support for further troubleshooting.

This switch's current stack members differ from the dashboard configuration.

MS250 Overview and Specifications (2)

This error can occur in the following scenarios:

  • Stack members are configured on dashboard, but not all members are connected via their stacking ports.
  • A stack member has failed or is powered off.

This switch is not connected to a stack.

MS250 Overview and Specifications (3)

This error can occur in the following scenarios:

  • The switch is configured on dashboard as a stack member, but is not connected to a stack.

This switch does not have a stack configuration.

MS250 Overview and Specifications (4)

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This error can occur in the following scenarios:

  • The switch is physically connected as a stack, but not configured on dashboard as a stack member.

FAQs

What is meraki and how does it work? ›

Meraki uses an event-driven remote procedure call (RPC) engine for Meraki devices to communicate to the dashboard and for Meraki servers to send and receive data. Meraki hardware devices act as the server/receiver as the Meraki cloud initiates calls to the devices for data collection and configuration deployment.

What are meraki switches used for? ›

What is a Meraki Switch? Essentially, a network switch is a computer networking appliance that links devices together on a network by using packet switching to receive, process, and forward data to the desired destination.

How many meraki switches can you stack? ›

Up to eight Meraki MS switches can be configured in a physical stack to allow for high-speed communication between devices. Only like-models can be stacked.

Which 3 features are available for all the devices in the Meraki MS portfolio? ›

Remote Monitoring
  • Dynamic ARP Inspection.
  • MS Firmware Upgrades.
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Can Meraki work without internet? ›

Go to Solution. Very simple answer: no. For any configuration beyond getting the device online, you need to use Dashboard. Meraki products are not meant to be used or configured offline.

Is a Meraki a router? ›

Meraki's MX security and SD-WAN appliances are some of the most powerful all-in-one routers currently on the market.

What is the difference between Meraki and Cisco? ›

If you're looking for a device that is easy to manage, has intuitive licensing and dashboard, and automatic upgrades, Meraki MS switches provide that. Alternatively, Cisco allows you to have more control over the switch, licensing, and upgrades.

Is Meraki owned by Cisco? ›

Cisco Meraki is a cloud-managed IT company headquartered in San Francisco, California. Their products include wireless, switching, security, enterprise mobility management (EMM) and security cameras, all centrally managed from the web. Meraki was acquired by Cisco Systems in December 2012.

What is the difference between a Layer 2 switch and a layer 3 switch? ›

The layer 2 and Layer 3 differs mainly in the routing function. A Layer 2 switch works with MAC addresses only and does not care about IP address or any items of higher layers. Layer 3 switch, or multilayer switch, can do all the job of a layer 2 switch and additional static routing and dynamic routing as well.

What is the benefit of stacking switches? ›

Stack switches will save multiple IP, a single IP will use for complete stack and get more ports on switch. No need to manage multiple switches. single adminsitation. Stack switches are useful mainly in configuration - they appear to the rest of the network as one single switch, making them easier to configure.

Do Meraki switches have CLI? ›

The Meraki-CLI utility is a CLI wrapper around Meraki's official Dashboard API Python Library. It exposes all of the library's methods (400+ as of this writing, all documented in the command guide) via a typical Linux-style CLI utility with arguments, switches, tab auto-completion, etc.

What is virtual stacking in Meraki? ›

Meraki pioneered an innovative approach with its cloud-managed switches, enabling the one-stop convenience of stack management to be leveraged regardless of whether switches are physically interconnected with stacking cables, or thousands of miles apart. This approach is called Virtual Stacking.

What is a aggregation switch? ›

Aggregation switches are typically used to connect a number of ToR switches to a core switch/router. The core switch is at the top of the cloud data center network pyramid and may include a wide area network (WAN) connection to the outside carrier network.

Which features are unique to Meraki MS portfolio? ›

Meraki is the only switch to include integrated layer 7 fingerprinting. Identify hundreds of applications, from business apps to BitTorrent and YouTube. User fingerprinting with Google-like search allows administrators to easily identify and control individual users, PCs, iMacs, iPads, Androids, and other devices.

Is Meraki MX a switch? ›

Meraki MX is a firewall which is compatible with any switches. it is managed via the Meraki cloud make it more convenient to configure and manage.

What's the difference between Cisco and Meraki? ›

If you're looking for a device that is easy to manage, has intuitive licensing and dashboard, and automatic upgrades, Meraki MS switches provide that. Alternatively, Cisco allows you to have more control over the switch, licensing, and upgrades.

Is Cisco Meraki a firewall? ›

Cisco Meraki MX firewalls include all the advanced security services you expect out of a next generation firewall: intrusion prevention powered by Cisco-developed SNORT, content filtering, anti-malware, geo-based firewalling, remote access connectivity, and advanced malware protection.

What is Cisco Meraki device? ›

All Cisco Meraki devices are centrally and securely managed from the cloud using a single web-based dashboard. Our feature-rich, intuitive architecture enables customers to save time, reduce operating costs, and solve new business problems.

Why do I need a Meraki license? ›

Cisco Meraki's per-device licensing model allows customers to assign a license directly to a specific device or a network. This allows IT teams to maintain a single shared expiration date or various expiration dates across devices, networks, or organizations—whatever makes sense for your business however you see fit.

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