New Meru Dual-802.11ac-Radio Access Point Gives Customers Two 80 MHz Channels
at 5 GHz for Up to 3X the Performance of 802.11n
Meru AP832 Eliminates the Need for Costly Ethernet Switch Upgrades
With Two 802.11ac Radios Delivering Three Spatial Streams Using
Standard 802.3af Power
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/16/13 -- Meru Networks, Inc.
(NASDAQ: MERU) today announced the Meru AP832, the market's fastest
802.11ac access point. Meru's superior 802.11ac speed is attributable
to the Virtual Cell, a single-channel option provided by the
MobileFLEX architecture and its support for the use of 80 MHz
channels as outlined in the IEEE 802.11ac draft specification.
Competitors' wireless architectures largely restrict support for 40
channels due to limited channel availability, reducing data rates to
approximately half of the 1.3 Gbps-per-radio that the specification
The Meru 802.11ac solution stands alone in its ability to enable the
use of three spatial streams over two 802.11ac radios on standard
802.3af power. This eliminates the need for customers to upgrade
their entire Ethernet switching infrastructure, as currently required
by many Meru competitors when deploying their 802.11ac solutions.
"Ubiquitous and instantaneous access to information resources is
essential to ensuring the best possible learning experience for our
students and is essential to our future," said David W. Johnson, head
of Technology Services and Support (TSS) at the University of
Houston. "The adoption of Wi-Fi devices on the University of Houston
campus has been explosive. Students are likely to carry two or three
Wi-Fi enabled devices at any given time and all-encompassing Wi-Fi
use in the classroom will soon be the norm. The promise of IEEE
802.11ac to serve up media rich content in highly dense environments
makes it a top priority and is driving UH to get out ahead of the
curve. We feel that we need to be working with 802.11ac today,
learning what it can do and how to leverage it to increase access,
improve service and security, and reduce our costs by enabling a
shift from wired to wireless infrastructure."
"Bellarmine is committed to staying on the leading edge of technology
adoption to ensure that our students have the best possible learning
experience," said Chris Carey, tech director at Bellarmine College
Preparatory in San Jose, Calif. "We're currently in the midst of
launching a one-to-one iPad initiative for the 2013-2014 school year
and are working closely with Meru to ensure that our WLAN solution
exhibits the perfect blend of density, performance and control.
Meru's .11ac solutions will play a critical role in helping us
advance our technology leadership position and support future
education technology initiatives."
A Northeast US K-12 school district encompassing more than 240
schools and almost 150,000 students also chose Meru 802.11ac
solutions for its extensive 802.11ac deployment.
802.11ac adoption will be driven by the quickly-growing number of
mobile devices, the BYOD trend and high-bandwidth applications such
as HD video, video conferencing and cloud-based services and storage.
Consumer devices such as smart phones and tablets supporting 802.11ac
are available now.
"With the advent of the new 802.11ac standard, WLAN Infrastructures
are expected to see early adopter deployments in the enterprise this
year, largely focused on addressing the need to support rapid growth
and density of BYOD devices. This is coupled with the transition of
video, collaboration and cloud applications towards becoming
relatively ubiquitous in highly-productive mobile enterprises," said
Rohit Mehra, vice president, network infrastructure, IDC. "Meru's new
AP832 access points feature a two-radio and three spatial stream
design that can tap the full potential of 802.11ac with high
bandwidth and capacity to meet the challenges of high density
environments and multi-media rich applications."
NEW 802.11ac AP832 Access Point - The Meru Advantage
the Meru MobileFLEX architecture, the AP832 features an
industry-leading design with two dual-band 802.11ac-supporting radios
capable of simultaneously transmitting on the 5 GHz band. This allows
users to overlay 802.11ac APs on 802.11n networks to solve capacity
problems in high density environments. The AP832 also enables the use
of three spatial streams with only standard 802.3af power over
Ethernet (PoE), helping customers avoid forklift upgrades to their
switching infrastructures as required by many competitors. The AP832
access point enables customers to address the challenges created by
high-density client environments and increased client diversity by
leveraging the full potential of 802.11ac. It is also
backwards-compatible to support 802.11n clients in both 2.4 GHz and 5
Meru AP832 access points are designed to fit into existing Meru AP332
(802.11n) mounting brackets, enabling quick and easy plug-and-play
Meru has gone to great lengths to ensure a
seamless upgrade path from 802.11n to 802.11ac. Meru controllers can
be upgraded to support 802.11ac using Meru System Director 6.0
software. To take advantage of 802.11ac, customers do need to buy
802.11ac AP832 access points.
"Meru's single-channel option, part of the MobileFLEX architecture,
gives the company measurable advantages over the other vendors in the
market, all of whom require multiple channels to avoid co-channel
interference and are therefore limited in their ability to achieve
full 1.3 Gbps 802.11ac data rates," said Manish Rai, vice president
of marketing at Meru. "The flexibility and scalability of the Meru
architecture ensures that our customers get the full benefit of the
The Meru AP 832 will ship in Q3 2013 with a list price of $1,295.
For more information about Meru 802.11ac Wi-Fi, please visit the web
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About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) is a market leader
in the development of mobile access and virtualized Wi-Fi solutions.
Meru's MobileFLEX wireless architecture addresses the ever-growing
need for higher bandwidth and higher client densities. The Meru
Identity Manager solution greatly simplifies secure device
on-boarding and the company's unique Context-aware Application Layers
enable dedicated channel assignments for specific applications,
devices and usage scenarios. Meru customers include Fortune 500
businesses as well as leaders in education, healthcare and
hospitality. Founded in 2002, Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale,
Calif., with operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East,
Asia Pacific and Japan. Visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408)
215-5300 for more information.
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