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.”

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About The Glennie School
The Glennie School is an all-girls day and boarding school, located in Toowoomba, Queensland. Glennie provides a well-rounded education, from Kindergarten to Year 12, grounded by Christian values within the Anglican ethos.

About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) is a leader in intelligent 802.11ac Wi-Fi solutions, delivering uninterrupted user experience for education, healthcare, hospitality and enterprise. The Meru MobileFLEX architecture is designed to enable seamless roaming with traffic separation for critical applications, providing top performance and high capacity in high-density environments. Visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300 for more information.

©2014 Meru Networks. Meru and Meru Networks are registered trademarks of Meru Networks, Inc. in the United States.

About Wavelink
Wavelink specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge Enterprise Mobility and UC Solutions. Wavelink distributes a range of products from Meru Networks, Spectralink, Digium, Polycom and Purple WiFi. For more information please contact Wavelink on 1300 147 000.

NEC and Meru Networks collaborate to enable open-standards-based software-defined networking (SDN) solutions for the enterprise

Wavelink LogoJuly 24, 2014 – NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation and leading provider and integrator of advanced IT, networking and communications solutions, and Meru Networks® (NASDAQ:MERU), a leader in intelligent Wi-Fi networking, have announced an agreement through which the two companies will work together to create SDN-enabled unified wired and wireless enterprise access networking solutions. The two companies are collaborating on support for OpenFlow™ to enable seamless interoperability between the NEC ProgrammableFlow® Networking Suite and Meru 802.11ac intelligent Wi-Fi solutions.

NEC and Meru, both members of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), are two of only three vendors worldwide to have received ONF conformance for their networking solutions. ONF members, including NEC and Meru, are collaborating with companies around the world to bring open networking solutions to market and are in the vanguard of innovation in software-defined networking solution development. The ONF Certificate of Conformance gives customers confidence that they are purchasing current technology that accurately implements a particular version of OpenFlow — the only globally recognised specification for SDN.

The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon and upcoming explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) are pressuring IT departments to become more agile. However, most networks today are being managed using antiquated proprietary Command Line Interfaces (CLI). Open-standards-based SDN support simplifies network management and provisioning by enabling greater automation and accelerating the deployment of new applications and services. It also enables application-specific service level agreements (SLAs) and development of third-party applications for network traffic monitoring, location-based services and enhanced security.

The benefits that SDN provides in the data centre, including network traffic optimisation and lower cost of ownership have been widely recognised, with large cloud-based service providers broadly adopting SDN switches. Realisation of its benefits in the enterprise has grown recently, as wireless has become the primary method of network access.

“Meru and NEC share a vision for creating truly open networks through OpenFlow and SDN that allow customers to choose best-of-breed networking solutions,” said Dr. Bami Bastani, president and CEO of Meru. “Working together, we can set a new standard for vendor interoperability, increasing agility and lowering costs for our customers as they move into the open networking era.”

“NEC and Meru are taking a leadership position in the networking industry by working together to drive adoption of open standards,” said Mitsuhiro Murooka, vice president, strategic business and planning, NEC Corporation of America. “Customers today want flexibility in networking vendor selection, along with the ability to manage those assets in the way that best suits their specific needs. The combination of our technologies, bound together by OpenFlow and SDN, addresses their requirements completely.”

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About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) is a leader in intelligent 802.11ac Wi-Fi solutions, delivering uninterrupted user experience for education, healthcare, hospitality and enterprise. The Meru MobileFLEX architecture is designed to enable seamless roaming with traffic separation for critical applications, providing top performance and high capacity in high-density environments. Visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300 for more information.

About NEC Corporation of America
Headquartered in Irving, Texas, NEC Corporation of America is a leading provider of innovative IT, network, communications and biometric products and solutions for service carriers, Fortune 1000 and SMB businesses across multiple vertical industries, including Healthcare, Government, Education and Hospitality. NEC Corporation of America delivers one of the industry’s broadest portfolios of technology solutions and professional services, including unified communications, wireless, voice and data, managed services, server and storage infrastructure, optical network systems, microwave radio communications and biometric security. NEC Corporation of America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, a global technology leader with a presence in 140 countries and $29.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please visit www.necam.com.

©2014 Meru Networks. Meru and Meru Networks are registered trademarks of Meru Networks, Inc. in the United States. NEC and ProgrammableFlow are registered trademarks of NEC Corporation.

About Wavelink
Wavelink specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge Enterprise Mobility and UC Solutions. Wavelink distributes a range of products from Meru Networks, Spectralink, Digium, Polycom and Purple WiFi. For more information please contact Wavelink on 1300 147 000.

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.

Download the full report, with test configuration details, here: http://bit.ly/1iuwQA0.

“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.”

The testing varied the traffic by type and direction, including downstream and bidirectional data, bidirectional VoIP and unidirectional/downstream video streaming. Tests were conducted in both multi- and single-AP configurations.

“The results of the Tolly testing conclusively demonstrate that Meru’s AP832 is the fastest enterprise-grade access point in the market,” said Manish Rai, vice president of corporate marketing at Meru. “Meru’s network-in-control-based MobileFLEX architecture provides Meru 802.11ac customers measurable and sustainable performance advantages over the competition.”

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About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) is a leader in intelligent 802.11ac Wi-Fi solutions, delivering uninterrupted user experience for education, healthcare, hospitality and enterprise. The Meru MobileFLEX architecture is designed to enable seamless roaming with traffic separation for critical applications, providing top performance and high capacity in high-density environments. Visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300 for more information.

©2014 Meru Networks. Meru and Meru Networks are registered trademarks of Meru Networks, Inc. in the United States. Cisco Systems, Inc. is a registered trademark of Cisco and/or its affiliates. Aruba Networks® is a registered trademark of aruba networks, inc. or its subsidiaries in various countries.

About Wavelink
Wavelink specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge Enterprise Mobility and UC Solutions. Wavelink distributes a range of products from Meru Networks, Spectralink, Digium, Polycom and Purple WiFi. For more information please contact Wavelink on 1300 147 000.

Purple WiFi and Wavelink join forces to offer social WiFi

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April 30, 2014 – Purple WiFi has signed a distribution agreement with enterprise mobility and UC Solutions distributor, Wavelink. The agreement will see the addition of Purple WiFi’s cloud-based, social WiFi solution, which includes presence analytics and location based services, to Wavelink’s portfolio of products.

By entering into a distribution relationship with Wavelink, Purple WiFi will be able to seriously expand its reach across Australia and New Zealand, benefiting from the brand recognition and customer base already in place through Wavelink’s wide network of resellers in those countries.

Purple WiFi provides businesses with enterprise guest WiFi that meets legal best practice. The guests log into the secure hotspot system using social media authentication, via networks such as Facebook or Twitter. The venue providing the connection gains valuable demographic and engagement information from users through its Purple Portal, which allows the business to understand who is visiting and using their hotspot, how long they are online, as well as their age, gender and any other relevant information that they offer in their social networking profile. The portal also provides a powerful engagement tool to promote relevant offers, essentially rewarding guests for visiting the venue.

Wavelink specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge Enterprise Mobility and UC Solutions throughout Australia and New Zealand, partnering with specialist vendors who deliver a range of best of breed technologies that are complementary to each other. With over 15 years’ experience as a value added distributor, their focus has been on a number of key industry verticals, including retail, hospitality, healthcare and education.  These sectors mirror those that Purple WiFi is currently targeting, hence the benefit of the two organisations working together.

Gavin Wheeldon, CEO at Purple WiFi, commented on the agreement:  “Wavelink is a well established distributor with a large network of vendors, which enables Purple WiFi to increase its sales reach in key geographic markets.  Our strategy is focused around working with trusted names to ensure WiFi users can access reliable and free WiFi while the business customers get something back in return and Wavelink fits perfectly with our growth model.

Ilan Rubin, Wavelink managing director, adds: “We’re extremely excited by the opportunity that our relationship with Purple WiFi represents to Wavelink. Their solutions not only complement our existing technology offerings, but also creates opportunities to talk to users in some of our traditional industry verticals from a completely different angle. The explosion of wireless smart devices, combined with the expectation of anywhere-access means that social WiFi and high quality analytics are the next big things in capturing user information, understanding their behaviour and delivering tailored marketing to the millions of users of these devices.”

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About Purple WiFi http://purplewifi.net
Purple WiFi provides a fast, secure, Social WiFi solution to businesses wishing to offer free WiFi to visitors.  The business is provided with valuable analytical data to enable more effective marketing.

Purple WiFi is cloud-based and fully integrates with a range of existing WiFi equipment, including AirTight Networks, TrendNet, Cisco, Cisco Meraki, TP-Link and Ruckus Wireless.

The company is now available in more than 50 worldwide.

Purple WiFi is also a member of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), highlighting its commitment to content filtering and minimising access to abusive online content.

About Wavelink
Wavelink specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge Enterprise Mobility and UC Solutions. In addition to Purple WiFi, Wavelink distributes a range of products from Spectralink, Meru Networks, Digium and Polycom. For more information please contact Wavelink on 1300 147 000.

Spectralink achieves validation on ShoreTel Unified Communications Platform

Wavelink LogoNovember 22, 2013 – Spectralink Corporation, a global leader in wireless solutions, and ShoreTel® (NASDAQ: SHOR), the leading provider of brilliantly simple unified communications systems, has announced that Spectralink products achieved validation for ShoreTel’s Unified Communications Platform.

As a member of ShoreTel’s Innovation Network, Spectralink’s 84-Series Wi-Fi Wireless Telephones and 7000 DECT Portfolio handsets along with the IP-DECT Server 400 and IP- DECT Server 6500 were tested and validated by ShoreTel for interoperability with ShoreTel’s published interfaces.

“The validation by ShoreTel gives customers confidence that our products have met the highest standards for interoperability and performance,” said Sten Dyrmose, CEO of Spectralink. “It’s important that Spectralink integrates with market-leading UC manufacturers to ensure that our solutions support industry leading unified communication systems.”

With this announcement, ShoreTel’s platform is now compatible with Spectralink’s leading Wi- Fi and DECT workplace wireless communication solutions, which enable in-building mobile personnel like nurses, retailers and manufacturers to easily connect with customers, colleagues, and all the applications they need to perform their best. The Spectralink wireless solutions deliver enterprise-grade on-site voice mobility, with HD voice quality, durability, and broad telephony and wireless infrastructure interoperability. Tying into your telephone system, voice mail and directories, the Spectralink solutions also support text alerts and instant messaging.

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About Spectralink
Spectralink, a global leader in wireless solutions, solves the everyday problems of mobile workers through technology, innovation and integration that enable them to do their jobs better. By constantly listening to how customers move through their workdays, Spectralink is able to develop reliable, enterprise-grade voice and data solutions and deliver them through a powerful, durable device. For more information, please visit www.spectralink.com or call 303- 441-7500. 
@SpectralinkCorp

About ShoreTel
ShoreTel, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOR) is a provider of business communication solutions whose brilliantly simple unified communications platforms, applications and mobile UC solutions promise a new rhythm of workforce engagement and collaboration. With costly complexity eliminated by design from its award-winning, all-in-one IP phone system, and contact centre solution, and its industry-leading hosted phone system, workers enjoy a freedom and self-reliance that other providers can’t match. Users have full control to engage and collaborate, no matter the time, place or device, for the lowest cost and demand on IT resources in the industry. ShoreTel is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has regional offices and partners worldwide. For more information, visit shoretel.com or shoretelsky.com.

ShoreTel and the ShoreTel logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of ShoreTel, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Symitar is a registered trademark of Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.

About Wavelink
Wavelink specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge Enterprise Mobility and UC Solutions. Wavelink distributes a range of products from Spectralink, Meru Networks, Digium, Polycom, AirTight, Nomadix and Citrix. For more information please contact Wavelink on 1300 147 000.

Spectralink IP-DECT Server 400 and 6500 and Wi-Fi 84-Series wireless solutions qualified for Microsoft® Lync® 2013

Wavelink LogoNovember 21, 2013 — Spectralink Corporation (Spectralink), a global leader in wireless solutions for the workplace, is the first company to offer enterprise wireless IP communication solutions that have been qualified for Microsoft® Lync® 2013. The qualification applies to the DECT product line, with the Spectralink IP-DECT Server 400 and 6500 and handsets, as well as the 84-Series Wi-Fi handsets.  Additionally, Spectralink achieved its status as a Microsoft Gold Communications Partner.

Lync – Microsoft’s industry leading unified communications system – has firmly established itself as a leader in Unified Communications market in the 2013 Gartner Magic Quadrant. Spectralink’s mobile devices are the only in-building wireless solutions to be tested and approved by Microsoft for use with Lync. This qualification gives Spectralink a unique advantage in the market, enabling it to extend its sales reach and assure customers and prospects of the quality and compatibility of its solutions.

“At Spectralink we are committed to providing customers with in-building solutions that work with a wide range of market leading Unified Communications (UC) systems, and therefore we’re excited to achieve Gold Communications competency partner status with Microsoft,” said Sten Dyrmose, CEO at Spectralink.

“The launch of Lync 2013, and the integration opportunities presented by the acquisition of Skype has solidified Microsoft’s status as one of the leading enterprise voice providers worldwide. Many businesses, both large and small are looking to Lync as an integral part of their UC roadmap and it’s essential that our products can support that move.”

The Spectralink IP-DECT Server 400 and 6500 and handsets, as well as the 84-Series Wi-Fi handsets that have been qualified on Lync 2013 are directly interoperable with Microsoft Lync, eliminating the need for a gateway between the technologies. Direct integration reduces both the complexity of implementation and the associated cost of hardware and support services.

Using Spectralink’s purpose-built wireless devices, businesses can combine Microsoft Lync with applications and tools customised for specialised working environments such as healthcare, manufacturing and retail.

Spectralink is already working on a number of Lync implementations, including its deployment at L’Occitane Group and La Francaise Group.

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About Spectralink
Spectralink, a global leader in wireless solutions, solves the everyday problems of mobile workers through technology, innovation and integration that enable them to do their jobs better. By constantly listening to how customers move through their workdays, Spectralink is able to develop reliable, enterprise-grade voice and data solutions and deliver them through a powerful, durable device. For more information, please visit www.spectralink.com or call +1 303-441-7500.

About Wavelink
Wavelink specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge Enterprise Mobility and UC Solutions. Wavelink distributes a range of products from Spectralink, Meru Networks, Digium, Polycom, AirTight, Nomadix and Citrix. For more information please contact Wavelink on 1300 147 000.

Wavelink appoints Hayley Dack as Territory Sales Manager for Meru Education-Grade (MEG) Wi-Fi in Australia and New Zealand

Wavelink LogoSunnyvale, Calif. and Melbourne, Australia – September 18, 2013 – Meru Networks and its Australian distributor Wavelink today announced the appointment of Hayley Dack as Territory Sales Manager for Meru Education-Grade (MEGTM) Wi-Fi in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). Dack has more than eight years’ experience in sales-focused roles in the IT industry. Dack joins a dedicated team of Meru technical sales professionals comprising territory account managers and sales engineers, through which Meru and Wavelink bring Meru’s advanced wireless solutions to market.

“I’m very excited to continue the tremendous work of the Meru Networks ANZ team in K-12 and higher education,” said Dack. “Meru Networks’ recent announcement of the AP832, the world’s fastest enterprise 802.11ac access point, means that Meru can deliver a seamless upgrade path to their hundreds of existing customers in the region and gives the team an edge when working with education customers to meet their Wi-Fi needs.”

Meru’s MEG solution is designed to solve colleges’ and universities’ BYOD issues and support their uninterrupted learning applications. MEG starts with three simple steps:
1. Onboard quickly with BYOD provisioning and secure wireless access mapped to IT policies.
2. Connect all BYOD devices reliably anywhere on campus.
3. Learn by deploying validated learning and teaching applications over the MEG wireless platform.

“Meru excels in meeting educational institutions’ needs due to its solutions being explicitly developed for high density and throughput, both of which are critical due to BYOD and extensive video streaming,” said Ilan Rubin, managing director of Wavelink. “Hayley’s extensive sales experience will contribute strongly to our communicating Meru’s benefits to the education sector and driving adoption of Meru’s education solutions in the region.”

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About Wavelink
Wavelink specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge Enterprise Mobility and UC Solutions. Wavelink distributes a range of products from Spectralink, Meru Networks, Digium, Polycom, AirTight, Nomadix and Citrix. For more information please contact Wavelink on 1300 147 000.

About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) is a market leader in the development of mobile access and virtualised 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 onboarding 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.

Meru Networks, Meru and MEG are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of Meru Networks, Inc. in the United States. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.

Spectralink partners with Rauland-Borg to deliver REACH solution for improved nurse response time and patient satisfaction

Wavelink LogoSeptember 11, 2013 — Spectralink Corporation (“Spectralink”), a global leader in wireless solutions for the workplace, has announced the availability of Spectralink REACH, a seamless integration solution bringing together nurse call systems and wireless handsets. The company also announced a partnership with Rauland- Borg to offer the REACH solution through Rauland’s valued network of distribution channel partners.

Spectralink’s partnership with Rauland-Borg seamlessly brings together Spectralink handsets with Rauland-Borg’s Responder® 5 Direct Connect nurse call solution into a single offering. Through this partnership, Spectralink has developed specialised handsets that match the design of the Rauland-Borg Responder 5 system and incorporate the Rauland-specific alerts and ringtones nurses are familiar with and prefer. The handset will be distributed through Rauland’s selling partners.

Spectralink REACH unites nurse call systems and Spectralink wireless handsets to deliver patient calls and alerts to mobile staff from any in-building location. With unique ringtones that help fight alarm fatigue and prioritise response, REACH allows nurses to have a constant connection to patient needs, further reducing response times and improving job satisfaction for nurses, and creating peaceful, efficient environments to improve patient care.

“When nurses, doctors and support staff get the information they need in real time, everyone responds faster to time sensitive requests,” said Mike Lanciloti, Spectralink Vice President of Marketing and Product Management. “We have strategically partnered with Rauland-Borg to provide seamless mobile communications throughout healthcare environments, further improving the quality of care.”

“This important relationship with Spectralink is one more solution from Rauland that enables nurses to feel close to their patient’s bedside, even when they are not physically there,” said Maureen Pajerski, VP of Marketing & Sales at Rauland-Borg. “It’s one more step in Responder’s history of revolutionising the way nurses work and the way nursing teams work together.”

About Spectralink
Spectralink, a global leader in wireless solutions, solves the everyday problems of mobile workers through technology, innovation and integration that enable them to do their jobs better. By constantly listening to how customers move through their workdays, Spectralink is able to develop reliable, enterprise-grade voice and data solutions and deliver them through a powerful, durable device. For more information, please visit www.spectralink.com or call 303- 441-7500.

#mandown, #spectralink

About Rauland Responder®
Responder helps staff deliver the best possible patient care, with fast, direct communication, flexible integration, intelligent call routing and real-time reporting. Responder helps gather data real-time for easier decision-making, optimised workflow and enhanced patient care and satisfaction, with an enhanced open architecture that integrates to a variety of wireless phones, pagers and location systems.

About Rauland-Borg
Rauland Borg is a respected leader in the design and delivery of advanced communications, workflow and life- safety solutions for hospitals and education worldwide. Local service and support is delivered through a nationwide network of certified distributors. Learn more at: www.rauland.com.

About Wavelink
Wavelink specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge Enterprise Mobility and UC Solutions. Wavelink distributes a range of products from Spectralink, Meru Networks, Digium, Polycom, AirTight, Nomadix and Citrix. For more information please contact Wavelink on 1300 147 000.

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.

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. ABI Research estimates that there will be 1.5 billion 802.11ac smart phones and tablets in the market by 2016.

“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
Building on 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 5Ghz 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 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands.

Meru AP832 access points are designed to fit into existing Meru AP332 (802.11n) mounting brackets, enabling quick and easy plug-and-play upgrades.

802.11ac migration
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 802.11ac specification.”

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About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) is a market leader in the development of mobile access and virtualised 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.

Meru and Meru Networks are registered trademarks and the Meru logo is a trademark of Meru Networks, Inc. in the United States. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.

Meru Networks announces new Vice President of Sales for the Asia Pacific region

Wavelink LogoJuly 4, 2013Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) has appointed longtime technology market veteran Jeffery D. Sage as Vice President of Sales for the Asia Pacific region. Sage, who is based in Singapore, previously served in senior sales positions at IBM, Tata Technologies and General Motors.

“I am very enthusiastic about the opportunities that lie ahead for Meru,” said Sage, “and look forward to helping to drive the company’s growth in this critical region.”

At IBM, Sage was responsible for the Fiat/Chrysler global integrated account, headed the Application Management Services Line of Business in ASEAN, and launched the Lean Six Sigma program across the Asia Pacific region. While at Tata, he was the company’s senior executive General Manager running the company from the India headquarters. As such he was responsible for intellectual capital development, profit and loss, global sales and marketing, and was the lead client executive for the company’s largest global clients. At GM, Sage led a core leadership team responsible for sales, marketing, services, and delivery of manufacturing and engineering solutions across all geographies.

“We are very excited about Jeff’s having come on board to lead sales in Asia Pacific,” said Meru Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Field Operations Larry Vaughan. “Jeff’s experience, combined with his progressive ideas for growing sale revenues in the region will be extremely valuable to Meru as we work to grow market share in the region.”

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About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) is a market leader in the development of mobile access and virtualised 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 onboarding 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.

Meru and E(z)RF are registered trademarks and the Meru logo is a trademark of Meru Networks, Inc. in the United States. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.

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