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Meru G's Up

Wireless LAN startup Meru Networks Inc. claims to have overcome a major 802.11g performance problem with its new AP200 access point.

The issue is this:

When the faster 802.11g (54 Mbit/s over 2.4GHz) clients are used on the same network as older, slower 802.11b devices (11 Mbit/s over 2.4GHz), all the clients get throttled back to b-type data rates. Rather like being stuck behind the cattle truck on a country lane while driving an MG (see Life in the Slow Lane).

Basically what Meru has done is create an access point that allocates the channel "according to need", using what Meru calls a "higher level fairness algorithm."

"So if there are b clients in the channel but they have nothing to transmit then the g clients take the full channel," explains Sarah Kim, marketing manager for the firm in an email reply to further questions. "If there are b and g then at g's allocated time, the b's do not transmit."

"That's not to say the b's go first or last or 802.11g clients get access at the expense of 802.11b clients," Kim notes, saying that the system works with complex algorithms "to deal with channel allocation." Kamal Anand, vice president of marketing at Meru Networks, says that the "dual-speed" software incorporated on the firm's new access point offers twice the performance for g clients on a standard mixed network.

The company has also implemented support for 802.11a (54 Mbit/S over 5GHz) in its new box.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

notaclue 12/5/2012 | 1:22:37 AM
re: Meru G's Up How awesome
routerjock 12/5/2012 | 1:22:35 AM
re: Meru G's Up Much like your posting name - this company does not have a clue.

If they have it *so* figured out, then:

1) Where are the customers?
2) Where are the magazine reviews? - Newman, Molta, anyone who does bake-offs?

I wonder if this is actually a feature / solution that would pass wi-fi certification.

I've seen the CTO, and he spins a good yarn, but the bake-off doesn't live up to hype. Plus - the box is a tinkertoy.

The features that they have "innovated" are ones that Trapeze, Airespace and Aruba shipped a long time ago.

In the words of Public Enemy: "Don't believe the Hype"

...unless you are an employee of Meru - in which case you should enjoy the Kool-Aid (Cherry is my personal favorite).

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