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Using Cisco Meraki for home use after the license expired ?

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Hi All,

I've got this wireless AP unit Meraki MR18 Dual-Band Cloud-Managed Wireless Network Access Point - 2x2 MIMO 802.11n, 600Mbps, Enterprise Class, 802.3af PoE
Details: https://www.amazon.com/Meraki-Dual-Band-Cloud-Managed-Wireless-Network/product-reviews/B00KK93Q5C but the cloud license has expired.

Can I still use it at home or for the DR scenario offsite in the DR suite ?
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masnrock earned 2000 total points
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If you want to keep using the AP, then you would have to renew the license. You get a 30 day grace period from when it expired, but it stops functioning after that point.

Expired Licenses or Exceeding License Limits
If an organization's license is expired or the number of devices in the organization exceeds the licensed limit, the administrator has 30 days to return the organization to a valid licensed state. During this grace period, the system reminds the administrator to add additional licenses. After 30 days, administrators are not able to access the Dashboard (except to add additional licenses) and all Cisco Meraki equipment in the organization will cease to function.
https://documentation.meraki.com/zGeneral_Administration/Licensing/Cisco_Meraki_Licensing

So basically, you are stuck with a paperweight without licensing unless you chose to load another firmware like OpenWRT on it: https://wiki.openwrt.org/toh/meraki/mr18

Otherwise, I'd recommend look into other solutions. Companies like Ruckus nail you on support in order to get firmware updates and so on, but at least the licenses are perpetual.
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Ah I see,

Since this is a free device with eexpired license, I guess it is better to flash it with the OpenWRT firmware.

Is there any steps or firmware to be downloaded to this device ?
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Follow the instructions in the link, within the instructions there is a command that will download the firmware to the AP.
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by:Senior IT System Engineer
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Thanks Mas.

So I assume there is no way to roll it back to Cisco official firmware once I uploaded the OpenWRT firmware.
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Thanks !
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There should be, but make sure to back it all up before loading OpenWRT on it.
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