Gigabit WiFi to Drive Uninterrupted Learning, Says Meru Networks at BETT 2014

Gigabit WiFi to Drive Uninterrupted Learning, Says Meru Networks at BETT 2014 
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 01/16/14 --   BETT SHOW
2014 -- High performance WiFi is an essential technology for
education today, and the 802.11ac standard, or "Gigabit WiFi," will
drive uninterrupted learning in schools at all levels. So says Meru
Networks, a leader in wireless networking, heading into the UK's
premier Education technology event, the BETT Show - January 22-25,
2014. 
The company, whose solutions are deployed in more than 3,000 schools
across the UK and Ireland, believes the new 802.11ac WiFi standard
will shake up the industry and take personalised learning to the next
level. The new superfast wireless standard has the potential to offer
gigabit speeds and enable schools to take full advantage of their
mobile device deployments and high-bandwidth, media-rich
applications. 
"Schools are rapidly rolling out large-scale deployments of
WiFi-enabled devices, but many of them are simply not ready to take
full advantage of these amazingly powerful devices," said Mark
Howell, area director UK and Ireland for Meru Networks.
"Unfortunately, there are still many schools that suffer interrupted
learning by relying on legacy networks. These legacy networks are not
powerful enough to cope with the growing appetite for data
consumption and demand for fast access -- anytime, anywhere. 
"Increasingly, we are being asked to replace legacy systems with fast
seamless networks that schools can deploy and manage
cost-effectively," he said. "The good news is that any schools using
older wireless-enabled devices will still see a huge benefit with the
new 802.11ac standard -- in fact, some customers have been
experiencing up to 30 to 40 percent increased throughput on their
802.11n devices when using Meru 802.11ac networks." 
Along with many of its education channel partners, Meru will promote
its new AP832 access points -- the fastest AP on the market -- and
other 802.11ac solutions on its stand (E340) throughout the BETT
Show, which takes place at London's Excel on 22-25 January 2014. Meru
will also run four seminar sessions every day on its stand, aimed at
those looking at the new WiFi standard or weighing the benefits and
challenges of wireless networking: 


 
--  11:00: Discover the Meru Difference
--  12:00: Meru 802.11ac - where visitors can learn about Meru's
    virtualised wireless network architecture, optimising use of 802.11ac
    for higher throughput and capacity
--  14:00: Managing Bonjour Services - where visitors can learn how to
    overcome the challenges of managing Apple Bonjour services on their
    network
--  15:00: Identity Manager - BYOD solution - where visitors can learn how
    to simplify guest access and automate secure BYOD provisioning

  
Meru counts the pioneering Essa Academy in Bolton among its education
customers and recently appointed Director Abdul Chohan to the Meru
Executive Advisory Board. Essa was the first school in the UK to
issue every pupil and teacher with an Apple device running over a
Meru network to ensure every pupil has access to 21st century
learning resources. Up to 15 new education customers a week, which
recently include Shelfield Academy, Greenford High School, Hove Park,
Pleckgate School and Chiswick School, are working with Meru Networks. 
Notes for editors 


 
--  Launched in July 2013, Meru's AP832 is the market's fastest 802.11ac
    access point. Its superior 802.11ac speed is attributable the
    single-channel option provided by Meru's 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
    MHz channels due to limited channel availability, reducing data rates
    to approximately half of the 1.3 Gbps-per-radio that the specification
    allows.
--  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.

  
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. 
Copyright 2014 Meru Networks, Inc. Meru Networks and Meru are
registered trademarks of Meru Networks, Inc. in the United States.
All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of
their respective owners. 
UK Press Contact:
Amanda Hassall
Cobra Public Relations
Amanda.hassall@cobrapr.co.uk 
+44 (0)1628 822741/+44 (0)7855 359889
@mandyhassall  
Wilson Craig
Director of Public Relations 
Meru Networks
+1 408 516 6182
wcraig@merunetworks.com 
 
 
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