Meru delivers the most secure FIPS 140-2 compliant 802.11n solution in the marketplace

Only WLAN built to the US National Institute of Standards and Technology’s FIPS 140-2 Level 3 specification

September 8, 2010 – Meru Networks, Inc., (NASDAQ:MERU), the leader in 802.11n virtualised wireless LAN solutions for enterprise networking, announced that its SG1000 Wireless Security Gateway currently supports 802.11n deployments, making Meru the only wireless LAN (WLAN) solution provider delivering 802.11n solutions built to the US National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 3 security specifications. Federal agencies, financial firms and commercial entities alike can experience the performance, predictability and scalability of Meru’s 802.11n virtualised wireless LAN (WLAN) solutions with the highest security assurance available in the marketplace today.

“The growth of wireless technology has created new security challenges for customers trying to provide a flexible but secure, infrastructure. Our FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validation for 802.11n deployments is just one example of how Meru is leading and shaping the WLAN industry,” said Ram Appalaraju, senior vice president, marketing, Meru Networks. According to the NIST Computer Security Division, Meru delivers the highest level of US Government FIPS security validation among WLAN vendors. Furthermore, our fully-integrated Service Assurance Platform offers comprehensive security functionality including rogue detection and mitigation in both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, a signature-based Wireless Intrusion Detection and Prevention (WIPS) to detect and counter wireless security issues.

Meru WLAN FIPS 140-2 Level 3 is the first to provide tamper-proof hardened epoxy shell devices that cannot function if broken and have the ability to be deployed without physical monitoring.  Meru localises the FIPS security services to a platform decoupled from, yet coexisting with, the overall WLAN, allowing the WLAN to be upgraded independent of the FIPS offering.  As the only WLAN vendor to offer this level of secure architecture, Meru follows the principle of containing and separating critical security functions from non-security-related operations.  Customers are able to use the latest available WLAN software without waiting for a year-long FIPS verification process that is required for each version and build of the cryptography firmware.

The SG1000 Wireless Security Gateway meets the Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 8100.2 with use of Commercial Wireless Devices, Services, and Technologies in the DoD Global Information Grid (GIG). SG1000 supports over 3,000 users in one appliance, offers strong 802.11i AES encryption and uses certificate-based EAP-TLS to authenticate all users.

To access Meru’s Security Gateway SG1000 Cryptographic Module Security Policy, please visit the NIST website. To view a complete list of companies with FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validation, go to NIST’s Computer Security Resource Center.

Product Availability

The SG1000 FIPS 140-2 Level 3 Gateway is available with the AP300 Series access point and any controller.

Meru’s wireless LAN solutions are distributed in Australia by Wavelink Communications.

 

About Meru Networks

Founded in 2002, Meru Networks provides a virtualised wireless LAN solution that cost-effectively optimises the enterprise network to deliver the performance, reliability, predictability and operational simplicity of a wired network, with the advantages of mobility. Meru’s solution represents an innovative approach to wireless networking that utilises virtualisation technology to create an intelligent and self-monitoring wireless network, and enables enterprises to migrate their business-critical applications from wired networks to wireless networks, and become all-wireless enterprises. Meru’s solutions have been adopted in all major industry vertical markets, including Fortune 500 enterprises, healthcare, education, retail, manufacturing, hospitality and government. Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has operations in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. For more information, visit www.merunetworks.com.

About Wavelink

Wavelink Communications (www.wavelink.com.au) specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge IP, wireless and communication solutions. Wavelink distributes a range of products from Meru Networks, Polycom, Digium, Cisco, AirTight and amigopod.

The Langham Melbourne connects guests with Meru Networks’ WLAN

The Langham Melbourne has implemented a Meru Networks 802.11n wireless local area network (WLAN) to offer all guests a seamless connection to the Internet.

Popular for its sophisticated and timeless elegance, The Langham Hotel Melbourne offers five-star luxury accommodation and superb business facilities and conference rooms.

Neeraj Subramanian, information technology manager at The Langham Melbourne says that Meru Networks was selected over other major vendors based on its signal strength and scalability.

“The Meru Networks solution fit our requirements best, as it was able to provide a strong and stable signal strength, despite the potential hurdles our concrete buildings impose. With the Meru Networks WLAN, guests are able to surf the Internet without any interference, regardless of where they are in the hotel.”

“This is especially important for guests who expect seamless connection whether they are relaxing at the bar, or busy working on events in the conference rooms. We needed a WLAN provider that could not only reach every corner of the hotel, but also allow for unexpected surges in guests’ online activity.”

Neeraj said, “Thanks to Meru’s unique single-channel approach and ability to support high densities of wireless users with no channel interference, we have experienced a significant reduction of guest complaints. Guests are able to rely on The Langham Hotel’s ability to provide visitors with an uninterrupted and accountable wireless connection.”

About Wavelink
Wavelink Communications (www.wavelink.com.au) specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge IP, wireless and communication solutions. Wavelink distributes a range of products from Polycom, Digium and Meru Networks.

About Meru Networks
Meru Networks develops and markets wireless infrastructure solutions that enable the All-Wireless Enterprise.

Its industry-leading innovations deliver pervasive, wireless service fidelity for business-critical applications to major Fortune 500 enterprises, universities, healthcare organisations and local, state and federal government agencies.

Meru’s award-winning Air Traffic Control technology brings the benefits of the cellular world to the wireless LAN environment, and its WLAN System is the only solution on the market that delivers predictable bandwidth and over-the-air quality of service with the reliability, scalability and security necessary to deliver converged voice and data services over a single WLAN infrastructure.

Founded in 2002, Meru is based in Sunnyvale, Calif. For more information, visit www.merunetworks.com.

About The Langham Hotel Melbourne
Situated in the exclusive riverside Southbank precinct and offering stunning views of the Melbourne city skyline, the Yarra River and Federation Square, The Langham, Melbourne offers an opulent inner-city experience.

The 25-floor hotel is a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World and has 387 luxuriously appointed rooms including 45 executive club rooms complete with personalised butler service. The Langham, Melbourne was voted the top hotel in Melbourne in the region of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific in Travel & Leisure USA World’s 500 Best Hotels List 2010, named the top city hotel in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific in the Travel + Leisure USA World’s Best 2009, is included on the Condé Nast Traveler US 2008 and Conde Nast Traveller UK 2008 Gold Lists as one of the World’s Best Hotels and is listed in the top three hotels on mainland Australia on the Condé Nast Traveler US Gold List for 2009.

The hotel’s chic Aria Bar & Lounge and interactive Melba restaurant offer guests exciting and sophisticated dining and drinking options. Extensive conference and meeting facilities are offered by the hotel and the five-star property is home to the highly acclaimed, luxury Chuan Spa. A member of the Leading Spas of the World, Chuan Spa offers treatments founded on Traditional Chinese Medicine and adjoins the sun terrace, pool and hotel’s Health Club.

Reservations for Langham hotels can be made by logging onto langhamhotels.com.

Meru Networks 802.11n WLAN solutions on display at Hotel Hospitality + Design 2010

High speed wireless LAN supports staff and guest data, voice and video needs

Melbourne, May 18, 2010 – Wavelink Communications, a value added distributor of business IP, wireless and communication solutions will be displaying Meru Networks’ 802.11n wireless LAN solutions at Hotel Hospitality + Design 2010 (HHD 2010) exhibition. Located at stand M14 of Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre from May 24-26, the display will showcase Meru’s latest products, services and technologies which are specifically suited for the hospitality industry.

Meru Networks, world leaders in 802.11n technology, make it simple for hotels, resorts and other venues to become all-wireless with a network that is simple to deploy and easy to maintain. Designed to handle the wireless data, voice and video needs of both guests and staff, a Meru WLAN solution minimises operating costs, while improving revenues and overall service quality.

Meru’s unique technology approach is ideally suited to the hospitality industry. For hotels, resorts and other venues, a pervasive wireless network has become a critical requirement. Guests, staff and third parties need to be assured of reliable service throughout a venue – not just for existing voice and data applications but for new and unforeseen services.

The Meru approach meets the needs of the hospitality industry, where wireless must be:

Easy. Guests require wireless access to be simple: They expect to switch on their laptops or other mobile devices and be connected. As well as enabling this simplicity for end users, the network needs to be simple for staff to install and operate. Many venues can’t afford to have IT staff at every site – and when they can, those staff can’t afford to spend their time fixing wireless problems.

Available. Wireless LAN adapters are now built in to all kinds of devices – not just traditional laptops, but phones, tablets, games consoles and ever-growing array of new things. People expect wireless LAN access to be equally ubiquitous. That doesn’t just mean that wireless needs to be in every venue; it means the signal has to be available throughout the venue, accessible wherever users go. With Meru, each client in a packed hotel lobby gets a fair share of the airwaves, letting legacy clients coexist peacefully with the latest 802.11n devices.

Economic. In a competitive economy, wireless Internet access provides a low-cost way for venues to add value to the customer experience. Free access is a strong competitive differentiator, while paid access can be a large revenue driver.

Flexible. Because it’s everywhere, the wireless network is a natural platform for new innovation. A network originally constructed for guest access can also serve other applications such as mobile point-of-sale terminals or employee communications.

Secure. Meru makes it easy to control the diverse devices that guests connect to a network while ensuring that internal applications get the resources they need

Visitors may pre-register for the exhibition online at no charge HERE

About Wavelink
Wavelink Communications (www.wavelink.com.au) specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge IP, wireless and communication solutions. Wavelink distributes a range of products from Meru Networks, Polycom and Digium.

About Meru Networks
Founded in 2002, Meru Networks provides a virtualized wireless LAN solution that cost-effectively optimizes the enterprise network to deliver the performance, reliability, predictability and operational simplicity of a wired network, with the advantages of mobility. Meru’s solution represents an innovative approach to wireless networking that utilizes virtualization technology to create an intelligent and self-monitoring wireless network, and enables enterprises to migrate their business-critical applications from wired networks to wireless networks, and become all-wireless enterprises. Meru’s solutions have been adopted in all major industry vertical markets, including Fortune 500 enterprises, healthcare, education, retail, manufacturing, hospitality and government. Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has operations in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. For more information, visit www.merunetworks.com.

ASI Solutions secures two new Meru Networks wireless LAN contracts

Canterbury College in Waterford, QLD and Mount St Benedict College in Pennant Hills, NSW have chosen Meru Networks’ 802.11n wireless local area network (LAN) to provide pervasive wireless coverage for students and teachers.

The solution was ordered through Wavelink Communications’ channel partner ASI Solutions and will be installed in both sites in December for use in term 1, 2010.

Jonathan Ordman, director, Wavelink Communications, said, “Meru Networks’ wireless LAN provides students with the very best in wireless access to enhance their learning experience, while at the same time providing an easy to manage solution for any school.”

Catriona Ormond, education specialist, ASI Solutions, said, “Meru Networks’ wireless LAN was selected by both schools based on its unique virtual cell approach that makes wireless network deployment and management much simpler than traditional micro-cell solutions, which require complex channel planning.

“Once schools see Meru Networks’ wireless LAN in action, it becomes an extremely easy choice, even when up against more well-established wireless LAN vendors.”

About Wavelink

Wavelink Communications (www.wavelink.com.au) specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge IP telephony and wireless solutions. Wavelink distributes a range of products from Polycom, Digium and Meru Networks.

About ASI

ASI Solutions (ASI) was founded in 1985 and is managed by founders Ken and Maree Lowe.

ASI provides a range of IT solutions and services to Education, Government and Corporate customers.

With established sales and service ICT operations across all Australian capital cities, ASI directly manages all service delivery and logistics operations through its Botany NSW head office. ASI also has direct sales and services branches in Australia Capital Territory, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

About Meru Networks

Meru Networks develops and markets wireless infrastructure solutions that enable the All-Wireless Enterprise.

Its industry-leading innovations deliver pervasive, wireless service fidelity for business-critical applications to major Fortune 500 enterprises, universities, healthcare organisations and local, state and federal government agencies.

Meru’s award-winning Air Traffic Control technology brings the benefits of the cellular world to the wireless LAN environment, and its WLAN System is the only solution on the market that delivers predictable bandwidth and over-the-air quality of service with the reliability, scalability and security necessary to deliver converged voice and data services over a single WLAN infrastructure.

Founded in 2002, Meru is based in Sunnyvale, Calif. For more information, visit www.merunetworks.com.

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Wavelink Communications sponsoring, exhibiting and presenting at Learning Technologies 2009

 

Wavelink Communications is sponsoring, exhibiting and presenting on Meru Networks at the Learning Technologies 2009 conference for TAFEs from November 19-20 at the Mooloolaba campus of Sunshine Coast TAFE.

Building a wireless network that can keep pace with the mounting demands of campus mobility can be challenging. Users want e-mail and the Internet but also expect access to bandwidth-hungry voice and video applications and real-time collaboration tools from more places, more often and over more devices.

Garth Coulson, Wavelink Communications, will be presenting on new wireless technologies, including Meru Networks’ 802.11n wireless local area network (WLAN), their capabilities and how to implement and use them. He will also provide advice on how to provide for large client numbers and maintain high throughput whilst delivering high speed video, voice and data via the latest Wi-Fi technology standards.

Meru Networks’ equipment is being used to provide 802.11n WLAN coverage for the conference and exhibition areas.

 

For more information on Wavelink Communications, please visit http://www.wavelink.com.au/

802.11n wireless LAN officially ratified by the IEEE available to Australian businesses

802.11n wireless local area network (WLAN) has been officially ratified by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers). Australian businesses can enjoy the benefits of the new WLAN standard by implementing industry leader Meru Networks’ 802.11n WLAN solution, which is distributed in Australia by Wavelink Communications.

Meru Networks’ approach represents the industry’s most complete 802.11n WLAN solution from air to core, addressing businesses needs for over-the-air coverage, high user density and performance.

Unlike most legacy systems that use micro-cells with alternating channels, Meru Networks’ WLAN solution uses unique architecture that enables all access points (APs) to operate off a single, seamless channel, eliminating the need for complex coverage surveys and channel planning.

Meru Networks installed the world’s first 802.11n installation at Morrisville State College two years ago and recently ranked number two in the worldwide enterprise 802.11n WLAN market by market research firm Dell’Oro.

Jonathan Ordman, director, Wavelink Communications, said, “The key benefit of 802.11n is greater coverage at much higher speed. For the first time, users can obtain wired ethernet network speeds using wireless. This now opens the door for bandwidth hungry applications such as video and voice to be accessed over a wireless connection as if they were being accessed via a wired network.  

“While some organisations have installed 802.11n over the last couple of years using equipment based on the 802.11n draft standard, many others have been waiting for the standard to be ratified before implementing it. This provides a significant opportunity for the channel to approach legacy users of 802.11a/b/g and provide them with an upgrade to 802.11n.”

About Wavelink
Wavelink Communications (www.wavelink.com.au) specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge IP telephony and wireless solutions. Wavelink distributes a range of products from Polycom, Digium and Meru Networks.

About Meru Networks
Meru Networks develops and markets wireless infrastructure solutions that enable the All-Wireless Enterprise.

Its industry-leading innovations deliver pervasive, wireless service fidelity for business-critical applications to major Fortune 500 enterprises, universities, healthcare organisations and local, state and federal government agencies.

Meru’s award-winning Air Traffic Control technology brings the benefits of the cellular world to the wireless LAN environment, and its WLAN System is the only solution on the market that delivers predictable bandwidth and over-the-air quality of service with the reliability, scalability and security necessary to deliver converged voice and data services over a single WLAN infrastructure.

Founded in 2002, Meru is based in Sunnyvale, Calif. For more information, visit www.merunetworks.com.