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Meru Offers 802.11n

Meru unveiled its first enterprise offerings based on the IEEE 802.11n Draft specifications

April 30, 2007

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Meru Networks, the leader in standards-based workplace mobility infrastructure for wireless voice (VoIP), data and video, today unveiled its first enterprise offerings based on the IEEE 802.11n Draft specifications. The new products leverage Meru’s patented Air Traffic Control Technology to enable industry-leading 802.11n performance without compromise and provide enterprises with the simplest model for deployment, operation and migration.

The Meru 802.11n product suite, which will be demonstrated at Interop Las Vegas 2007 (Meru Booth #1759), includes:

  • AP300 family of dual-radio 802.11 a/b/g/n access points (APs).

  • MC5000, a modular, telco-grade, multi-gigabit, 5-blade chassis controller for up to 1000 APs (per chassis). The MC5000 was designed to handle the increased bandwidth requirements of 11n.

  • 3-Tier Traffic Distribution System (3TDS), available as an option to the Meru System Director operating system, which provides a flexible and cost-effective approach to handling the increased network load driven by 802.11n. 3TDS will significantly reduce costs of 802.11n migration by providing a viable alternative to expensive upgrades to the wired Ethernet switching backbone. (For details, see separate news release “Meru Networks Announces WLAN Traffic Distribution System,” also issued today.)

Collectively, the new Meru products represent the industry’s most complete 802.11n solution from air to core, addressing enterprise needs for over-the-air coverage, capacity, performance, compatibility and wired infrastructure scalability.

Meru Architecture Best for 802.11n

The advantages of Meru’s unique, fourth-generation WLAN architecture in adopting 802.11n has been recognised by Gartner, which ranked Meru as the most visionary infrastructure provider in its 2006 WLAN Magic Quadrant.

Ken Dulaney, vice president, mobile computing, Gartner, explained, “Meru’s fourth-generation architecture allows companies to optimise their investment in 802.11n. Its layered channel design provides dedicated overlapped channels for 802.11n and legacy a/b/g devices, thereby allowing 11n devices to operate at peak capacity while seamlessly upgrading existing infrastructure.”

With the unique channel-layering capability of the Meru WLAN System, the new Meru AP300 APs can deliver a sustained, high wireless capacity throughout a pervasive wireless LAN deployment. In addition, Meru’s architecture allows administrators to more easily compensate for coverage holes and fluctuating data rates that are created by the Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technology used by 802.11n networks. The Meru WLAN System ensures optimal performance for every client on the network by assigning the best physical access point to each client. As Meru’s architecture operates on a single-channel span, it also eliminates the need for complex coverage and channel planning and re-planning when deploying an 802.11n solution.

Meru Networks Inc.

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