Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Get to know the cat! Part one: My setup!

Hi cats and kittens! I've had quite a few people ask me what my setup looks like so I will show you!

All color coded for easy reference and off camera: Cisco Meraki MR12AP and it's downstairs.

Primary systems are the Pink paw desktop and the Blue paw laptop. The other two are for testing the various networking gear I review on this blog.

I also have a system with the following specs downstairs as well:
GrumpyCat/AMD Phenom 9550/4GB DDR2 RAM/500GB SSHD /Nvidia Geforce 8800GT/Windows 8.1 Enterprise 64 bit /NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Architecture fail Crumplestiltskin-Citigroup Center

Architecture fail Crumplestiltskin-Citigroup Center






I am basically going to let the video explain this to you. This is the biggest architecture fail I've seen yet and I have no clue how people like this are even in the business to beging with

I also would have told the church owners to ____ off becuase Who are they to think that they are more important then the safety of tons of others?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Coachella fashion is gross

The coachella music festival is one of the largest music festivals in the USA. It's a good ol time with lots of music and lots of bad fashion choices! Want an excuse to not bathe for weeks and look like a total slob go to Coachella and Ort out with your Jorts out.


Here's a few pics to make you feel much better about your fashion choices.





Oh and the whole 'hippie' style is not cool anymore. I don't think it really was.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Restaurant Rants - Chuck e Cheese - Where a gown up can be an ???

Chuck e Cheese - Where a gown up can be a???

Ok cats n kittens. I got something really wierd to show you.

Chuck e cheese (for those that do not know) is a "restaurant" that's geared towards kids and has pizza,, games, and anamatronic characters such as a rat, bird, munch, and some other creatures. They often "perform" music acts and entertain the kids. There's also arcade games that spit out tickets. You cna use those to buy "prizes" at the end that are often way overpriced compared to getting them in the store. Anyways. They also serve beer to adults so they can mellow out while the munchkins run around. This last element has caused a stir and some adults have gotten into fights over little tommy taking little mikey's tickets and all kinds of hell breaks loose as a result. The parents get primal and go ape over little things or they get tired of all the kids screaming it grinds them down and they look for trouble.

I've posted a sampling of Youtube vids to demonstrate this and for your entertainment.

WARNING! PLEASE LOWER YOUR VOLUME AND MAKE SURE YOUR KIDS DO NOT WATCH THESE UNLESS YOU WANT THEM TO NEVER LIKE GOING TO CHUCK E CHEESE AGAIN.





















Saturday, March 8, 2014

Restaurant rants: Eat Chow and get some new threads?


 If you run out of napkins just grab a shirt on the rack!


Ok this is prolly gonna take the cake for the wierdest restaurant of this year. Eat Chow is a place that's built into a clothing store. Yes there's this Bel Bambini clothing store that halfway sorta shares the space? There's a section that people sit if they don't have any seats left in the actual cafe part that's in the aisles where the clothes are! What if the store people see the people smearing food on the clothes? o_O Not a good mix of stuff to have!

How does someone even pull that off... I would understand if it's a big place like Khols or JCPenney or Gabes but they are both smaller places and the clothing store is also tiny so it's not like it's a food attraction to a big store for the store's customers. This is really wierd.

I hope that someone can explain this to me because this doesn't make any sense to both. 


Update!!! here's another pic from Google Maps Street View and it's even more funny!




Thursday, February 27, 2014

Amped Wireless RTA15 router and ACA1 USB adapter review PART TWO








Part Two: RTA15 mixed connections and stress test (You are here!)

1. ACA1 retest/Followup
2. Stress test 1 Multiplayer Gaming
3. Other devices: Laptop with Realtek WLAN Wireless N
4. Other Devices: Wired Gigabit

ACA1 Retest/Followup

I did a retest/followup on the ACA1 and so far the performance since I’ve had it since Jul31st 2013 has been trouble free so far as windows operations go. I have tested a few other routers and it has worked fine with those as indicated in the other reviews for the Meraki MX60W and Z1. Had no issues connecting to any of those. For performance with those routers, please see the appropriate reviews for those. I also got some requests to configure it to run in exclusive 5GHz mode (going to the adapter properties and putting it in 802.11n/ac only and this, the 2.4ghz radio is disabled on the ACA1 adapter)


I did a retest for consistancy with the RTA15:

Result: -56dBm  18Mbytes/sec or 144mbits/sec 



I did have a good bit of cut-outs when I ran LAN speed test with the above settings. I also experienced a internet connectivity loss on the wired LAN server as well as other clients connected to the RTA 15 while the test was being ran and other devices lost thier connectivity. This seems to be the ONLY time it ever cuts out. Normal activity is fine. However the router seems to be ok when I’m not running the LAN speed test on the ACA1. I will run the LAN speed test on any other device and the above problem does not happen.


I hope that an upcoming firmware update will resolve this issue. 


Previous result:25 stream 6GB file: Average: 20Mbytes/sec or 160Mbits/sec




Stress test 1 Multiplayer Gaming


We will be putting the wireless network though a small LAN party to see how it copes with multiplayer gaming.


The game for the test is Torchlight 2


Here’s the system specs of all the machines involved in the LAN party test:


Specs of server (Wired LAN my machine in the same room as the RTA15): Intel i53570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC


Specs of system using ACA1: AMD Phenom 9650/4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Amped Wireless ACA1 USB WLAN connection:USB3 via a PCI-Express addon card.


Specs of laptop 1: AMD A8 APU-4500M/6GB DDR3/ATI Radeon HD 7640G/600GB HDD/Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1/WLAN connection via a Realtek RTL8188CE PCI-E card


Specs of laptop 2: AMD A8 APU-4500M/6 GB DDR3/ATi Radeon 7640G/500 GB HDD/Windows 8 64 bit/WLAN connection via a Qualcomm Atheros AR9485


We played Torchlight 2 for about 10 hours and we did not have any drops in connection and we didn’t have any lag. However The firewall on the host system must be configured to allow connections so that’s one thing to keep in mind.


I do recommend having uPnP on for gaming and the RTA15 ships with it disabled.


Other devices: Laptop with Realtek WLAN Wireless N


Specs of server (Wired LAN my machine in the same room as the RTA15): Intel i53570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC


Specs of laptop 1: AMD A8 APU-4500M/6GB DDR3/ATI Radeon HD 7640G/600GB HDD/Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1/WLAN connection via a Realtek RTL8188CE PCI-E card 16 ft away in other room, door closed.


Result: -62dBm Average: 10Mbytes/sec or 80Mbps






Other Devices: Wired Gigabit

Specs of server (Wired LAN my machine in the same room as the RTA15): Intel i53570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC
 
Specs of client: GrumpyCat/AMD Phenom 9550/4GB DDR2 RAM/500GB SSHD /Nvidia Geforce 8800GT/Windows 8.1 Enterprise 64 bit /NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller

Result: 108Mbytes/sec or 864Mbits/sec




Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Cisco Meraki Z1 Review




1)Intro
2)Features
3)Setup
4)Wireless configuration
5)Throughput tests (Wireless/Wired)
6)Closing Notes

Intro: The Meraki Z1 is a enterprise level teleworker gateway security appliance that is a full featured enterprise router/firewall that is affordable for small to medium businesses to deploy to teleworkers/remote staff, has lots of features, is cloud managed so it can be controlled and administrated from any computer with an internet connection.

Features: The Z1 features the following:


1) Stateful firewall supporting 5 concurrent users @ 50Mbps
2) Layer 7 firewall controls with tons of site blocking presets to help block against P2P, sports, social media, video streaming sites and more as well as custom hostnames and expressions.
3) 4 wired Gigabit LAN ports
4) 3 x 3.dBi (2.4 Ghz) and 3x4dBi (5 Ghz)  dual band internal dipole antennas with 30dBm output power
5) Up to 4 WLAN SSIDs with configurable VLANs for each one providing more security then standard guest networks
6) Dual band 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz operation with 3 x 3 MIMO connectivity at up to 450Mbps
7) Full VLAN configuration that’s easy to do and you can easily define firewall and bandwidth shaping policies to each one. 
8) Per port VLAN
9) Full and extremely detailed traffic shaping (QoS) and firewall controls
10) Full client connectivity details and monitoring. You can even see what websites or applications the client has used in real time. You can even check signal strength and the Operating System of each client. 
11) Network wide bandwidth monitoring. You can see how much bandwidth all clients in the network are using as well as the WAN interface. 
12) Fixed and DHCP client address assignments
13) Cellular 3G/4G failover via the USB port with seperate firewall and traffic shaping
14) Fully customizable user/group policies so you can configure SSIDs to use Meraki authentication instead of WPA2 keys. 
15) With group policies you can define per-user limits such as firewall rules, traffic shaping, etc. 
16) Self configuring site-to-site VPN
17) WAN uplink selection based on traffic type
18) Automatic firmware upgrades
19) Price is the same as a high end consumer router but you get enterprise level features
20) And lots more


Setup: The Meraki Z1 was very easy to setup and you can actually configure it before you even get it! When you order one you are given a claim code. You would then create an account on meraki.com and then when you add the device to the inventory you enter the claim code and you can dive right in and configure your network before the Z1 arrives and all you gotta do is plug it right in and it configures itself! Very nice!

1) It took a while for it to configure itself over the WAN. It took about 10 minutes  which was longer then then Z1 and it restarted itself a few times.
2) There is only one status LED so it’s hard to determine link status by looking at the Z1 
3) It had no issues with our cable modem connection and configured itself well.
4) Since the setup was pre-done over the cloud our network picked right back up and there was no delay in accessing our stuff due to having to redo IP configs.
5) Setting up stuff like guest networks is different then consumer class routers. Those are done by creating VLANs so this was done later and not before the router arrived. I did create an SSID before the rotuer arrived though so some clients can connect right away. 


Let's take a look at the really helpful status page that tells us all our connected client status as well as total WAN bandwidth on one handy screen:
(Please click images to enlarge)





Let's take a look at the really helpful Traffic report page that tells us what uses the most traffic on the network:



This area you can hunt down rouge access points where people use to steal logins, and other data masquerading as one of your access points. From this screen you can take action against this:





Wireless Configuration: The Z1 has a very different wireless configuration then consumer class routers. Guest networks are handled by creating a VLAN for the Guest SSID. Go to “Configure>Addressing and VLANs>”enable VLANS>Apply changes> Then I would title it “Guests” and then assign it a different IP range and subnet. I configured mine to 10.0.0.0/24 so it gets the 10.0.0.x IP range and the appliance address should be inputted as 10.0.0.1.  Then you would go to “Wireless settings” > enable the 2nd SSID and assign the VLAN ID to the “Guests” one> Apply settings. This is how you isolate the guest SSID from the main one to prevent guests from accessing your internal LAN. 

Step one: Creating the Guest policy:
(Please click images to enlarge)



Step two: Create the VLAN:


Step three: Assign VLAN to Guest SSID:




   
The Z1 supports WPA/WPA2 and supports PSK and Enterprise authentication types that can be different for each SSID. Selecting “Enterprise” allows you to use Meraki Authentication, which allows you to define a username and password rather then a static key, allowing for more fine control over your wireless network. User based controls allow you to define limits PER USER so that if let’s say, they get fired, you just delete thier user account and not have to change the ENTIRE NETWORK’S encryption key! To create the user you would go to Configure>Users>Add New User>and then configure to your needs.


One thing I do wish the Z1 had was seperate SSIDs for the 5Ghz band and the 2.4Ghz band. It's a pain to get clients to connect to the 5Ghz network. I have to mess with adapter settings since windows does not list them seperatly. 


Throughput Tests: (Wireless)

 I will be using LAN Speed test for the throughput tests and PRTG to generate the graphs. It also is a comprehensive enterprise level network monitoring software and it can record uptime, transfer rates, errors, etc. 

Test environment: (Set 1)

Specs of Building: This is going through about 32 ft through 2 walls, a solid all-wood dresser, and a chimney. The room has plaster walls in some places. 

Specs of server :(my machine in the same room as theZ1): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC

Specs of client: (remote machine in other room): AGNXAndrakon/AMD Phenom 9650/4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Amped Wireless ACA1 USB WLAN connection:USB3 via a PCI-Express addon card.


5Ghz 802.11n mode: Channel 161 -64dBm

LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 8Mbytes/sec or 64Mbits/sec



 2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 11 -72dBm

Sensor Note: I created a separate 2.4Ghz sensor on PRTG to differentiate the two frequencies and also keep track of them separately. 

LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 7Mbytes/sec or 56Mbits/sec



 Test environment: (Set 2)

Specs of Building Test Run 1: 16Ft away thru a wood door hallway right outside the office where the Z1 is located. 

Specs of server (my machine in the same room as theZ1): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC

Specs of client: Toshiba/AMD A8 APU-4500M/6GB DDR3/ATI Radeon HD 7640G/600GB HDD/Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1/WLAN connection via a Realtek RTL8188CE PCI-E card

2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 11 -55dBm

LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 6Mbytes/sec or 48Mbits/sec







Throughput tests (Wired):

Specs of server: (my machine in the same room as theZ1): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC

Specs of client: GrumpyCat/AMD Phenom 9550/4GB DDR2 RAM/500GB SSHD /Nvidia Geforce 8800GT/Windows 8.1 Enterprise 64 bit /NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller

LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 110Mbyes/sec or 880Mbits/sec




 Conclusion: 

The Meraki Z1 Security Appliance is highly recommended for a branch office with high connectivity demands and it has a great level of control. Excellent stability, great throughput, and set it and forget it controls. The price is high, however the reliability and ease of controls and peace of mind you get is worth every penny of the cost keeping in mind you don’t need to know commands, be a high level network engineer, or sacrifice control.  Price is the same as a high end consumer router but you get enterprise level features



Pros:
Ø Ease of setup from pre-configuring online to plugging in
Ø Decent performance throughput 
Ø Pretty good wireless transmitter power
Ø Excellent management software
Ø Very robust security controls and options
Ø Cloud configurability anywhere
Ø 3G/4G failover via USB dongle

Cons:
Ø No external antennas
Ø Not enough status LEDs to indicate activity 


Rating: 9.8/10 
Recommended: Yes










Thursday, January 16, 2014

Remixedcat’s Tech Company Response report 2012-2013 Part two

                Remixedcat’s Tech Company Response report 2012-2013-2014 Part Two
1/5/2014 06:02:58PM
Brand
Type of inquiry
Rating detail
Rating speed
Comments
Webroot Software
Product support/Sales questions/Social media
10/10
10/10
Quick and smooth responses/Friendly staff





Amazon
RMA request/Credits issue
10/10
10/10
Quick and painless RMA





Roku
Product suggestions/technical issues
10/10
10/10
Very quick and responsive! They even brought YouTube to the Roku 3! Very nice to deal with!





Logitech (update)
Product defect/product suggestions
4.2/10
3.5/10
Support was not as good 2nd time around/social media not as good as well





Nuts About Nets
Feedback
10/10
8/10
Responded to feedback well. 





NETGEAR Update
Technical issues
8/10
9.5/10
Had product issue and also software issue, was fixed quickly





Amped Wireless
Tech support/Suggestions/Other
9/10
9/10
Fast tech support/Decent response to suggestions/Good social media interaction. 





Cisco Meraki
Technical consulting/product review samples
10/10
9.8/10
Fast response to review unit inquiry, fast technical support/extremely fast consulting!





Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Cisco Meraki MX60W review



1)Intro
2)Features
3)Key Feature Tour
4)Setup
5)Wireless configuration
6)Throughput tests (Wireless/Wired)
7)Mixed connections stress test
8)Closing Notes

Intro: The Meraki MX60W is a enterprise level office security appliance that is a robust full featured enterprise router/firewall that is affordable for small to medium businesses, has lots of features, is cloud managed so it can be controlled and administrated from any computer with an internet connection, and can tolerate a lot of heavy usage that enterprises require. 

Features: The MX60W features the following:

1) Stateful firewall supporting 20 concurrent users @ 100Mbps
2) Layer 7 firewall controls with tons of site blocking presets to help block against P2P, sports, social media, video streaming sites and more as well as custom hostnames and expressions.
3) 4 wired Gigabit LAN ports
4) 3 x 3.5dBi  dual band external SMA antennas with 30dBm (1W!) output power for great wireless coverage and can also be upgraded for even better range.
5) Up to 4 WLAN SSIDs with configurable VLANs for each one providing more security then standard guest networks
6) Dual band 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz operation with 3 x 3 MIMO connectivity at up to 450Mbps
7) Full VLAN configuration that’s easy to do and you can easily define firewall and bandwidth shaping policies to each one. 
8) Per port VLAN
9) Full and extremely detailed traffic shaping (QoS) and firewall controls
10) Full client connectivity details and monitoring. You can even see what websites or applications the client has used in real time. You can even check signal strength and the Operating System of each client. 
11) Network wide bandwidth monitoring. You can see how much bandwidth all clients in the network are using as well as the WAN interface. 
12) Fixed and DHCP client address assignments
13) Cellular 3G/4G failover via the USB port with seperate firewall and traffic shaping
14) Fully customizable user/group policies so you can configure SSIDs to use Meraki authentication instead of WPA2 keys. 
15) With group policies you can define per-user limits such as firewall rules, traffic shaping, etc. 
16) Self configuring site-to-site VPN
17) WAN uplink selection based on traffic type
18) Automatic firmware upgrades
19) SNMP and you can monitor it with PRTG as well. 
20) And lots more


Key Features Tour:



Let's take a look at the really helpful status page that tells us all our connected client status as well as total WAN bandwidth on one handy screen:

Please click image to enlarge

Next, you can drill down on each of those links to get very detailed info on each client:
You can even setup port forwarding and firewall options from here!



Please click image to enlarge
Let's take a look at the really helpful Traffic report page that tells us what uses the most traffic on the network:

Please click image to enlarge

This area you can hunt down rouge access points where people use to steal logins, and other data masquerading as one of your access points. From this screen you can take action against this:


Please click image to enlarge
Robust firewall controls that are easy to configure:

Please click image to enlarge






Setup: The Meraki MX60W was very easy to setup and you can actually configure it before you even get it! When you order one you are given a claim code. You would then create an account on meraki.com and then when you add the device to the inventory you enter the claim code and you can dive right in and configure your network before the MX60W arrives and all you gotta do is plug it right in and it configures itself! Very nice!

1) Power brick was very thoughtfully designed. It has the brick inline like a laptop’s power connector rather then it being on the plug itself so you don’t have to block an outlet on your power strip/UPS!
2) It took a while for it to configure itself over the WAN. It took about 4 to 5 minutes and it restarted itself a few times. 
3) It had no issues with our cable modem connection and configured itself well.
4) Since the setup was pre-done over the cloud our network picked right back up and there was no delay in accessing our stuff due to having to redo IP configs.
5) Setting up stuff like guest networks is different then consumer class routers. Those are done by creating VLANs so this was done later and not before the router arrived. I did create an SSID before the router arrived though so some clients can connect right away. 






Wireless Configuration: The MX60W has a very different wireless configuration then consumer class routers. Guest networks are handled by creating a VLAN for the Guest SSID. Go to “Configure>Addressing and VLANs>”enable VLANS>Apply changes> Then I would title it “Guests” and then assign it a different IP range and subnet. I configured mine to 10.0.0.0/24 so it gets the 10.0.0.x IP range and the appliance address should be inputted as 10.0.0.1.  Then you would go to “Wireless settings”>enable the 2nd SSID and assign the VLAN ID to the “Guests” one>Apply settings. This is how you isolate the guest SSID from the main one to prevent guests from accessing your internal LAN. 


Please click images to enlarge
Step one: Creating the Guest policy:


Step two: Create the VLAN:


Step three: Assign VLAN to Guest SSID:



The MX60W supports WPA/WPA2 and supports PSK and Enterprise authentication types that can be different for each SSID. Selecting “Enterprise” allows you to use Meraki Authentication, which allows you to define a username and password rather then a static key, allowing for more fine control over your wireless network. User based controls allow you to define limits PER USER so that if let’s say, they get fired, you just delete thier user account and not have to change the ENTIRE NETWORK’S encryption key! To create the user you would go to Configure>Users>Add New User>and then configure to your needs.

One thing I do wish the MX60W had was simultaneous dual band operation. The operation is either 2.4Ghz OR 5Ghz and NOT both. However, it runs at 40Mhz allowing for higher throughput. 

Throughput Tests: (Wireless)


I will be using LAN Speed test for the throughput tests and PRTG to generate the graphs. It also is a comprehensive enterprise level network monitoring software and it can record uptime, transfer rates, errors, etc. 

Test environment: (Set 1)

Specs of Building: This is going through about 32 ft through 2 walls, a solid all-wood dresser, and a chimney. The room has plaster walls in some places. 

Specs of server :(my machine in the same room as theMX60W): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC

Specs of client: (remote machine in other room): AGNXAndrakon/AMD Phenom 9650/4GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Amped Wireless ACA1 USB WLAN connection:USB3 via a PCI-Express addon card.


5Ghz 802.11n mode: Channel 161 -62dBm

LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 12Mbytes/sec or 96Mbits/sec



2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 11 -71dBm

Sensor Note: I created a separate 2.4Ghz sensor on PRTG to differentiate the two frequencies and also keep track of them separately. 

LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 8Mbytes/sec or 64Mbits/sec





Test environment: (Set 2)

Specs of Building Test Run 1: 16Ft away thru a wood door hallway right outside the office where the MX60W is located. 

Specs of server (my machine in the same room as theMX60W): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC

Specs of client: Toshiba/AMD A8 APU-4500M/6GB DDR3/ATI Radeon HD 7640G/600GB HDD/Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1/WLAN connection via a Realtek RTL8188CE PCI-E card

2.4 GHz 802.11n mode: Channel 11 -58dBm

LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 7Mbytes/sec or 56Mbits/sec





Throughput tests (Wired):

Specs of server: (my machine in the same room as theMX60W): Intel i5 3570K/16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 RAM/Nvidia Geforce 650Ti/Samsung 840 120GB SSD/Windows Server 2012 Standard/Realtek GBE NIC

Specs of client: GrumpyCat/AMD Phenom 9550/4GB DDR2 RAM/500GB SSHD /Nvidia Geforce 8800GT/Windows 8.1 Enterprise 64 bit /NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller

LAN speed test: 25 stream 6GB file: 117Mbyes/sec or 936Mbits/sec





Mixed Connection stress tests:

IxChariot tests 2.4 Ghz Mode: Please click images to enlarge

Note: All these were done in 2.4Ghz mode, as the laptop does not have a dual band WLAN chipset
Large throughput test download link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/kzcfet4p61wy1z5/LT-Test1-2pair-2.pdf

Large_Test_Throughput.scr Result for Server+ACA1(Red line) WLAN+Toshiba laptop(Green line) WLAN


IxChariot Tests 5 Ghz Mode: Please click images to enlarge

Note the 2nd device I am using for this test is a Galaxy Nexus phone in 5Ghz mode in the same room as the MX60W

Large_Test_Throughput.scr Result for Server+ACA1(Red line) 


Large_Test_Throughput.scr Result for Server+ACA1(Red line)+GNEX(Green line)




Wired tests: Please click images to enlarge
Large_Test_Throughput.scr Result for Server+GRMPY(Grumpycat)(Green line)



Wired ETH vs 5Ghz WLAN comparison
Large_Test_Throughput.scr Result for Server+ACA1(Red line)+GRMPY(Grumpycat)(Green line)












Conclusion: 

The Meraki MX60W Security Appliance is highly recommended for a branch office with high connectivity demands and it has a great level of control. Excellent stability, great throughput, and set it and forget it controls. The price is high, however the reliability and ease of controls and peace of mind you get is worth every penny of the cost keeping in mind you don’t need to know commands, be a high level network engineer, or sacrifice control. 

Pros:
Ø Ease of setup from pre-configuring online to plugging in
Ø Very high performance throughput 
Ø Powerful wireless transmitter power
Ø Excellent management software
Ø Very robust security controls and options
Ø Cloud configurability anywhere
Ø 3G/4G failover via USB dongle

Cons:
Ø Pricey
Ø No USB storage
Ø Not concurrent dual band WLAN. Must be 5 or 2.4Ghz and not both at the same time. 


Rating: 9.8/10 
Recommended: Yes