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Cisco Meraki MV12 Security Cameras: Why Businesses Should Consider Them

by Jason Blalock on March 1, 2018

Like their other hardware, the Cisco Meraki security cameras are fully plug-and-play. Most configuration is handled within minutes, and everything else is controlled through the Meraki dashboard. It couldn't be easier.

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That’s why we are excited to announce that the line just got bigger (and better)! Meraki has released their line of MV12 indoor cameras - all of which have substantial upgrades over their initial offerings.

The Meraki MV12 Series Versus the MV21

There are three variations within the MV12 series: MV12W, MV12WE and MV12N. Let’s consider the enhancements from the previous Meraki indoor camera, the MV21.

The MV12 series offers the option of full 1080p resolution, unlike the 720p resolution of the previous MV21. They have microphones, a major feature not included in the previous line. In addition, they for call for Ethernet OR WiFi connectivity. The MV21 only allowed for Ethernet connections. They also automatically encrypt recordings on internal storage, unlike the previous model.

Variances Among the MV12N, MV12W and MV12WE  

Between the three new MV12 cameras, the differences are minor. The biggest difference is that the MV12N has a narrow field of view (FOV), with a horizontal FOV of 73° and a vertical FOV of 44°. The MV12W and -WE, in contrast, have a wide FOV with 114° horizontal and 61° vertical. 

The MV12N’s narrow view is best suited for focusing on one element, such as a security door or display case of expensive items. Meanwhile, the MV12W and -WE are great for full-room surveillance. 

Another difference is onboard solid state memory. Like the older MV21, the MV12WE offers 128Gb. The MV12N and -W models have been upgraded to 256Gb. This difference makes the MV12WE the most affordable of the three MV12 cameras.

Is the MV21 Now Obsolete? 

At this point, you may be wondering if there are any advantages to owning/purchasing the older MV21 camera. There are a few. Unlike the fixed fields of view in the MV12 series, the MV21 has an adjustable iris and can have a variety of FOVs depending on your needs. The MV21 also has superior night vision - out to 30m rather than only 15m. This makes the MV21 a better option for surveilling dark rooms. It’s important to note, however, that it cannot offer an FOV that's as wide as the MV12W/WE cameras. 

Meraki Makes On-Site Security Simple

"Simple" really is the keyword when it comes to MV12 series cameras. They are simple to deploy and simple to oversee on a day-to-day basis.  If you are considering installing a security system for your company or want to upgrade to digital, high-definition cameras, Meraki makes a compelling argument. 

To learn more about your options in network security cameras, or the benefits of Meraki, just contact Hummingbird!

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Topics: Meraki, Security Cameras