Meraki for Education K12

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“Cisco Meraki is so easy to use, we can focus on innovation, integration, and training.”

– Dirk DeLo, Chief Technology Officer, Avenues: The World School

Proven in thousands of K-12 campuses and the largest districts & independent schools.


Cisco Meraki cloud networking is built for the modern K-12 classroom

802.11n/ac wireless access points are optimized for high density classroom environments

Intuitive cloud-based management easy to use without specialized training or dedicated staff

Ultra-reliable and easy to manage Layer 3 Ethernet access switches scale to schools of all sizes

Education-centric security appliances provide CIPA-compliant content filtering and web caching

Free cloud-based mobile device management enables secure, manageable BYOD and 1:1 deployments

Case Study

Milpitas USD supports Chromebooks, iPads, & more for 10,000 students


  • 650+ 802.11n and 11ac Cisco Meraki APs provide coverage for high density indoor and outdoor usage
  • Security appliance at district edge filters 10+ TB of weekly traffic for increased performance and safer
    Internet access
  • Centralized management of 100 Meraki switches provides control and visibility over distributed ports
  • Built-in MDM allows admins to push custom profiles, settings, and content restrictions to device groups
  • Layer 7 visibility allows admins to understand network usage and customize to meet client needs
  • With WiFi everywhere and all device types allowed, students expand learning beyond textbooks and
    classrooms using cloud resources

“The flexibility of the Cisco Meraki network allows greater versatility in learning methods, as well as in physical space – every space becomes a learning space.”
–Chin Song, Director of Technology, Milpitas USD


Provide complete visibility and control without dedicated staff


Proactively manage 1:1 and BYOD devices

  • Establish bandwidth limits to prioritize clients or SSIDs
  • Create device-aware policies and firewall rules to ensure appropriate network access
  • Allow selective access to Bonjour services – Apple
  • TVs, printers, scanners, etc. – from desired devices
  • Automate MDM device onboarding, deploy apps, and enforce security restrictions


Effectively allocate resources for testing

  • Deploy 802.11ac APs with 3x faster speeds in areas of heavy use
  • Control bandwidth with built-in QoS, Layer 7 traffic shaping rules, and single app mode
  • Partition SSIDs and set policies for different user groups
  • Provide high performance with 1GbE and 10GbE cloud-managed switching


Confidently protect students & maintain security

  • Ensure CIPA compliance with automatically updated, industry-leading content filtering
  • Protect students with built-in Google/Bing/Yahoo!
  • Internet SafeSearch
  • Enable educational YouTube videos without recreational or inappropriate content
  • Create identity-based access policies, applying varying levels of filtering for teachers and students



“There cannot be a networking product that will work better for us than Meraki. The power of Meraki is simplicity, but it gives us such detailed and rich information on our network.”
–Sean Rozell, Chief Technoology Officer, San Rafael City Schools

“We would not have been able to perform testing for 600-700 students previously. Now it’s simple and I don’t have to worry about it; I always had to worry before.”
–Chris Smith, Supervisor of Technoology, Conestoga Valley School District

“With Cisco Meraki, we can shape bandwidth to fit each district’s needs. We can block YouTube for students, troubleshoot issues quickly, and have much more visibility.”
–Clint Close, Network/Database Administrator, Region 9 ESC

“Cisco Meraki is the optimal solution for an environment with a high density of clients. And with the affordable pricing, we were able to cover the entire district.”
–John WIlds, Network Manager, Alvin ISD