Connecting to Cisco Meraki

Cisco Meraki is now a featured integration in BrightGauge! Below, you will find the steps required to connect this Integration to your BrightGauge account.  

Important Note: There are some limitations regarding how much historical data is returned via a handful of the datasets.  Please refer to the following article for more information:

Cisco Meraki Historical Data Limitations

Log in to your BrightGauge Account

If you have not yet created an account, go here to get started.

After you are logged in:

  • New Accounts

On first login, from the Account Overview page, click on the Add a Datasource button:

  • Existing Accounts

From the Account Overview page (to access, click on the BrightGauge logo in the top left-hand corner), click on the Add a new Datasource button next to the list of your existing datasources:

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Or, click on Data in the top right corner of the screen and select Datasources:

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You can find the Cisco Meraki datasource under All or under the category it belongs to. In this case, we can find Cisco Meraki under Security:

 

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Configure the Datasource

Whether a new account or an existing, clicking on the Cisco Meraki datasource logo brings you to the page below. 

 

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Once here, you will need to enter a name for the Datasource (do not confuse this with your Cisco Meraki username), most will simply put "Cisco Meraki."  Next, we will need to generate an API key to authenticate the connection.  


To generate your X-Cisco-Meraki-API-Key, please refer to the following steps:

  1. Enable API Access within Cisco Meraki -
    • For access to the API, first enable the API for your organization under Organization > Settings > Dashboard API access.
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  2. After enabling the API, go to the my profile page to generate an API key. This API key will be associated with the Dashboard Administrator account which generates it, and will inherit the same permissions as that account. 
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  3. Once you generate your API key, simply enter it into the X-Cisco-Meraki-API-Key box.

Test Connection

Make sure to test the connection. If successful, you can save the connection which will start the flow of data into your account.

Dashboards, reports, datasets, and gauges will be added to your account after the datasource is saved. They start syncing immediately and typically complete syncing after 20-30 minutes.

Default Dashboards & Reports

  • Cisco Meraki | Device Statistics
  • Cisco Meraki | Monitoring
  • Cisco Meraki | Network Stats

For a list of all default gauges, please visit the Gauges section of your account, sort by the Datasource you'd like to see, and select for Default.  

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask us at support@brightgauge.com

Datasets

Network Clients  This dataset returns clients that have used a specific network within the last 31 days.
Network Clients Connection Stats This datasets returns aggregated connectivity info for a specific network, group by clients over the last 7 days.
Network Clients Latency Stats This datasets returns aggregated latency info for a given client on the network for the last 7 days, clients are identified by their MAC address per the Cisco Meraki API request.
Network Connection Stats This dataset provides aggregated connectivity info for a specific network over the last 7 days.
Network Devices Connection Stats This datasets provides aggregated connectivity info for a specific network grouped by nodes over the last 7 days.
Network Devices Latency Stats This datasets provides aggregated latency info for a specific network grouped by nodes over the last 7 days.
Network Failed Connections This dataset lists all failed client connection events on this network within the last 7 days

Network Latency Stats

This dataset provides aggregated latency info for a specific network over the last 7 days.
Organization Admins This datasets lists the dashboard administrators in a specific organization
Organization Device Statuses  Lists the status of every Meraki device in the organization
Organization Devices  This dataset lists the devices in an organization
Organization Inventory  This dataset returns the inventory for a specific organization.
Organization License State This dataset returns an overview of the license state for a specific organization
Organization Security Events  Lists all security events for an organization
Organizations This dataset simply lists the organizations that appear within your Cisco Meraki portal.  
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