NETSCOUT’s Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions broadens support for 802.11ac wireless network standard

Fluke NetworksAs more organisations embrace mobile computing and consumers increasingly rely on mobile devices to manage their always-on, hyper-connected world, Wi-Fi networks are quickly becoming the backbone for delivering an optimal user experience. According to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index report, wired devices will account for just 33 per cent of IP traffic by 2019, while Wi-Fi and mobile devices will account for 66 percent (1) . Recognising the interdependency of wired and wireless networks, Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions, a business unit of NETSCOUT SYSTEMS, INC. (NASDAQ: NTCT) is rolling out new 802.11ac functionality in two of its most popular portable network analysis and troubleshooting tools, the OptiView® XG Network Analysis Tablet and the OneTouch™ AT Generation 2 Network Assistant.

“People increasingly judge the quality of a network by wireless access performance. If users experience a slow Wi-Fi network, or they can’t connect to it, or they keep losing the connection, their frustration mounts and the entire network becomes suspect,” said Daryle DeBalski, vice president and general manager of Fluke Networks Enterprise Solutions. “A faster wireless technology standard like 802.11ac offers significant upside, but only if IT teams can keep the network running at optimal levels. Our expanded support for 802.11ac gives IT leaders peace of mind, knowing their teams can quickly find and fix any wired or wireless performance issue to maximise end-user experience.”
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The Glennie School (QLD) implements Meru Networks 802.11ac wireless solution

Wavelink LogoAugust 21, 2014 – The Glennie School, a private K-12 Anglican day and boarding school for girls in Toowoomba, Queensland, has implemented Meru Networks’ 802.11ac wireless solution to provide seamless wireless access to the school’s 250 staff and 850 students.

The school implemented the solution in Term 1 2014, through Wavelink, the Australian distributor for Meru Networks, and Computelec, its reseller and Meru Networks Platinum Partner.

The wireless solution comprises almost 100 AP832i 802.11ac access points (APs) that cover the entire campus and support the school’s one-to-one laptop program and Google cloud environment.

Matthew Russell, IT Manager, The Glennie School, said, “The Glennie School was looking to upgrade to 802.11ac from its previous wireless solution. The school chose Meru Networks because of its experience in providing comprehensive wireless solutions, particularly in 802.11ac.”

Ilan Rubin, managing director, Wavelink, said, “As the local distributor for Meru Networks, Wavelink is seeing increasing interest in 802.11ac wireless solutions. Particularly, in the education sector, where learning needs to be uninterrupted, it is important to look at ways of leveraging technology to provide the best quality of learning.” Read more ❯

Independent test validates Meru 802.11ac Wi-Fi as 40 per cent faster than Cisco and 100 per cent faster than Aruba

Wavelink LogoJune 18, 2014 – Meru Networks® (NASDAQ:MERU), a leader in intelligent Wi-Fi networking, has announced the results of extensive 802.11ac competitive testing conducted by leading independent laboratory The Tolly Group, in which Meru outperformed Cisco in seven of eight and Aruba in all eight multi-AP, multi-client test cases. The tests showed conclusively that the overall performance of the 802.11ac Meru AP832 Wi-Fi access point is far superior to the directly comparable Cisco® AP3702i and Aruba® AP225.

The differences were most significant in the video streaming traffic test, in which the Meru AP832 was 43 per cent faster than the Cisco 3702i and 103 per cent faster than the Aruba AP225. Meru also demonstrated far lower latency when streaming video – 56 per cent lower than Cisco and 61 per cent lower than Aruba.

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“The 802.11ac specification enables great gains in performance and all WLAN vendors seek to aggressively capitalise on its full potential,” said Kevin Tolly, founder of The Tolly Group. “Meru has demonstrated, with their 802.11ac AP832 access point, a clear performance advantage over its competitors in our labs.” Read more ❯

New Meru dual-802.11ac-radio access point gives customers two 80MHz channels at 5Ghz for up to 3X the performance of 802.11n

Wavelink LogoJuly 17, 2013 – Meru Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:MERU) has 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 80MHz channels as outlined in the IEEE 802.11ac draft specification. Competitors’ wireless architectures largely restrict support for 40MHz 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.

“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. Read more ❯