Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Selects Meru 802.11ac Wi-Fi to Keep Guests and Crew Connected at Sea

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Selects Meru 802.11ac Wi-Fi to Keep Guests and 
Crew Connected at Sea 
Virtualized Gigabit Wireless LAN Solution Overcomes Significant RF
Challenges to Allow Passengers to Stream Video and Share Photos From
Their Mobile Devices 
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/11/14 --  Meru Networks(R)
(NASDAQ: MERU), a leader in Wi-Fi networking, today announced that
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has chosen Meru 802.11ac as its standard
for wireless LAN (WLAN) connectivity on all new onboard deployments.
The largest global cruise brand has been using Meru 802.11n onboard
its ships since 2011, enabling its guests to stay in touch with
friends, family and work even when cruising the seas.  
"Our wireless environment is changing all the time, and Meru's
MobileFLEX architecture gives us the high performance and reliability
that we need to ensure guest satisfaction and staff productivity,"
said Gregory Martin, director of IT operations, Royal Caribbean
Cruises Ltd. "Deploying Wi-Fi onboard ships is difficult, due to the
all-steel construction and closed spaces, but Meru worked very
closely with us to ensure comprehensive coverage and to optimize
performance of voice and video, the key drivers for our 802.11ac
implementation."  
The highly reliable, pervasive Wi-Fi networks from Meru let Royal
Caribbean guests and crew stay connected while providing the cruise
line with an important source of revenue growth. Guest demands for
Wi-Fi have extended well beyond having a hotspot to send "Wish You
Were Here" emails. People on cruises want to share their experiences
on social media, watch videos, do online gaming and check in on work. 
Royal Caribbean makes Wi-Fi available in the common areas,
restaurants and theaters, in addition to the guest staterooms. Most
guests bring at least one mobile device on board, and guests in
double-occupancy staterooms may have as many as five or ten mobile
devices. The Meru wireless LAN supports up to 8,000 passengers and up
to 24,000 clients on a typical Royal Caribbean ship. Guest migration
to 802.11ac clients will occur over time but those using 802.11n
devices already see clear benefits, including faster data rates, when
using the new 802.11ac networks. In its 802.11ac pilot on Navigator
of the Seas, Royal Caribbean is seeing 20 percent higher throughput
with 802.11n wireless clients.  
"We are extremely pleased to see Royal Caribbean standardizing on our
802.11ac solutions to solve the challenges resulting from their
extremely harsh environment," said Srinath Sarang, co-founder, vice
president and general manager of Meru's hospitality business unit.
"Wi-Fi is the most requested amenity in hospitality today, with
guests refusing to return when their experience is poor. Royal
Caribbean is taking a leadership position in ensuring guest
satisfaction by moving to Meru 802. 11ac." 
Additional information about the Meru Uninterrupted Service solution
for hospitality is available here:
www.merunetworks.com/industries/hospitality.html  
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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Press Contact
Wilson Craig
Director of Public Relations 
Meru Networks
+1 408 516 6182
wcraig@merunetworks.com 
 
 
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