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Meru Survey of Higher Education IT Leaders Shows WLAN Upgrade Surprising Results

Meru Survey of Higher Education IT Leaders Shows WLAN Upgrade Surprising Results 
802.11n Upgrade Needs Are Widespread and BYOD "Trouble Zones" Are Not
Where You Think They Are 
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/13/13 --  Meru Networks, Inc.
(NASDAQ: MERU), a leader in virtualized wireless LAN solutions, today
released the results from its recent survey of higher education IT
departments. The respondents completed a set of questions designed to
determine their biggest Wi-Fi challenges on-campus relative to BYOD
and mobility, and where they stand relative to solving them. Some of
the results were quite surprising, moving well beyond the iPad,
iPhone and other tablet and smartphone issues commonly reported.  
Despite 802.11n offering almost 3X the throughput, 4X the spatial
streams and 2X the range of 802.11g, 77 percent of the 230
respondents have not fully migrated to it. Also surprising is the
fact that while only 23 percent of respondents have fully deployed
802.11n to support video and voice streaming, which is very difficult
with multiple users on 802.11g, only 55 percent of respondents have
campus-wide pervasive Wi-Fi coverage.  
Others, like Meru networks customer Franklin & Marshall College of
Lancaster, Pa., have made the transition in both regards. Greg
Schuman, Franklin & Marshall Network Analyst, said that the school
completed its full campus coverage of 802.11n in late February 2013
using more than 750 Meru APs, including 120 AP332s and another 630 AP
320s.  
"Wi-Fi is a critical means of communication for all aspects of
learning and business at Franklin and Marshall," said Schuman. "Just
as we provide the best and demand the best from our students and
faculty, we expect nothing but the best from our network. It's key to
our success." 
Another surprising finding focused on the locations of "trouble
areas," or places where IT receives the most calls for lack of
connectivity or unacceptable network performance. Just a year ago
these were the lecture halls and libraries where students gathered
with their laptops, tablets and smartphones. The Meru survey
discovered that the trouble zones have now moved to the residence
halls, mainly due to the significant increase in the number of other
Wi-Fi devices such as game consoles, televisions, musical instrum
ents
and other Wi-Fi-enabled "fixed" appliances that share the same Wi-Fi
space with mobile devices in residence halls. Fifty-one percent
reported "residence halls or dormitories" as the biggest problem
spots, while about 25 percent each identified lecture halls and
libraries.  
"What this survey indicates to us is that students want to enjoy
'uninterrupted learning' -- wherever, whenever and using whatever
Wi-Fi-enabled device they have," said Sarosh Vesuna, vice president
and general manager of the education business unit at Meru. "We are
seeing an expectation gap, where student demands for pervasive
coverage and high capacity Wi-Fi is often unmet by traditional WLAN
deployments. Meru Education Grade platform for Uninterrupted learning
specifically addresses these requirements."  
For a copy of a presentation outlining the results of all of the
survey results, visit the Meru web site here: http://bit.ly/VMGhnu  
About Meru Networks
 Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) designs, develops,
and distributes virtualized wireless LAN solutions that provide
enterprises with the performance, reliability, predictability and
operational simplicity of a wired network with the advantages of
mobility. Meru Networks eliminates the deficiencies of multichannel,
client-controlled architectures with its innovative, single-channel,
virtualized network architecture that easily handles device density
and diversity. Meru wireless LAN solutions are deployed in major
vertical industries including Fortune 500 businesses, education,
hospitality, healthcare and retail supply chain. Founded in 2002,
Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., with operations in North
America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Visit
www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300 for more information. 
Press Contact:
Wilson Craig
Parallax Public Relations for Meru Networks
+1 408 516 6182
wilson@parallaxpr.com 
 
 
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