Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution aged care provider improving residents’ quality of care and quality of life with WLAN based on Meru MobileFLEX architecture

Wavelink LogoMay 29, 2013Meru Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:MERU), a leader in virtualised 802.11n Wi-Fi networks, has announced that the Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution (RFBI)is in the process of deploying Meru WLAN infrastructure to its 22 aged care villages located throughout New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. The solution is based on the Meru MobileFLEX architecture.

“The MobileFLEX architecture, with Meru’s new Context-aware Application Layers (CALs) is one of the key reasons we chose Meru,” said Andrew Alpe, chief information officer for the RFBI. “I view the Meru network as the underpinning of everything else that we are going to deploy as an organisation. If you don’t have a solid network, you can’t deploy anything else. If it’s not reliable, you can’t run your services.”

Ben Giblett, of Schepisi Communications, who is managing the project for RFBI, completed deployment to ten facilities by May 2013. He expects to complete the rollout to all 22 RFBI residential facilities, which employ 1,200 staff and are home to 2,000 elderly residents, by the end of 2013. An estimated 1,000 access points will have been installed when the project is completed. The full deployment will be centrally managed by a four-member IT team using Meru’s E(z)RF® Network Manager solution.

Alpe is enthusiastic about the management solution. “We are managing all sites deployed so far from a central location, and we are not experiencing any problems managing that wireless network at all,” he said. “It’s amazing that such a small group is able to manage such a large network.”

Using the MobileFLEX architecture, the RFBI will be able to unify a number of new and innovative healthcare applications via Wi-Fi. These include an electronic health record (EHR) system which is accessed via mobile devices at residents’ bedsides, and a medication management system which also relies on the Wi-Fi and is designed to save time and reduce the risk of errors.

RFBI has also introduced iPads for residents to use for communicating with friends and family. At the pilot facility where RFBI first rolled out the wireless network, residents are now using Skype in the privacy of their own rooms to communicate with relatives overseas. Alpe shared the reaction of a 100-year-old resident to the news that Wi-Fi was coming to his facility. “’Fantastic,’ he said. ‘I can join my laptop and my iPad to the network and speak to my relatives.’ It opens your mind to the possibilities when someone his age wants to do that.”

Future plans call for deployment of a real-time location system (RTLS), which will be integrated into the Wi-Fi enabled nurse call system so that residents can call for assistance anywhere within the facility. To date, this has been achievable only by pressing a wall-mounted and wired call-point, which may be out of reach to residents with limited mobility.

“RFBI has truly gone the extra mile to enhance the care and the overall quality of life of its residents through the use of Wi-Fi and the applications running over it,” said Kamal Anand, senior vice president and general manager of the healthcare business unit at Meru. “This is a great use case for the MobileFLEX architecture, and for the application of Meru’s knowledge of both the healthcare and hospitality industries.”

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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 (CALs) 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 confronts the crush of BYOD and sets new standard for WLAN capacity and performance with two new products

Wavelink LogoOctober 11, 2012Meru Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:MERU), a leader in 802.11n wireless networking, has announced the availability of the industry’s highest capacity wireless controller, the MC6000; a BYOD-ready high performance access point the AP332; and an innovative 802.11ac Investment Protection Plan that protects wireless infrastructure investments as the current standard moves to 802.11ac.

The new, ultra-capacity wireless products are the latest advancements in Meru wireless innovation and engineered to address the crushing network requirements of BYOD while maintaining choice and control of both wireless and wired network infrastructure for resource stretched IT departments. The innovative 802.11ac Investment Protection Plan allows users purchasing AP332 and other qualifying three stream 802.11n access points to trade them in for 802.11ac access points in the future for only an additional US$499 investment*.

“The rapidly-increasing numbers of mobile users, devices, and applications on campuses and in enterprises are correspondingly driving demand for bandwidth expansion on wireless LAN networks,” said Craig Mathias, a Principal with the wireless and mobile advisory firm Farpoint Group. “Meru’s announcement is a powerful indication that capacity must be increased across the board – user productivity and organisational mission now depend upon reliable, secure, and high-performance wireless connectivity.”

Meru vice president of product and solutions marketing, Manish Rai added: “Users are now dictating what technology they will bring and use at work or on campus. To manage the crush of BYOD, IT departments need a flexible solution that can help them quickly respond to changing wireless network demands. Meru with its RF virtualisation technology, virtualised controllers and market leading BYOD on-boarding solution – Identity Manager – delivers flexibility at access, control and policy layers needed to put the control and choice back in the hands of the IT department.”

BYOD-optimised MC6000
The Meru MC6000 ultra-high capacity 802.11ac ready controller is designed to effectively serve 5,000+ access points and 50,000+ users with 200 Gbps wireless capacity. Powered by System Director – the industry’s only virtualised wireless LAN operating system – the new controller delivers capacity and performance for very high-density network environments. The new controller is designed to give IT executives the ability to choose network components and control network operations without compromising capacity, performance, scalabilty or security.

Next generation AP332 delivers fifty per cent more capacity
The Meru AP332 access point, an innovative, three-stream 802.11n access point, delivers up to fifty per cent higher capacity than two stream dual-radio access points. It is designed to meet the capacity needs of dense Wi-Fi and high multimedia usage environments.

Rai added, “Meru’s AP332 with its unique RF virtualisation technology can deliver nearly twice the capacity of traditional multi-channel installations with same number of access points in dense environments such as lecture halls, conference rooms, stadiums and enterprise campuses. When coupled with Identity Manager, Meru’s market leading solution for automating BYOD on-boarding, we believe Meru offers the best end-to-end solution to manage the BYOD capacity crunch today.”

“Many IT managers are assuming that the upcoming 802.11ac standard will be the solution to their capacity challenges,” continued Mathias. “But 802.11ac doesn’t address the huge installed base of devices using only the 2.4 GHz. band as it only performs in the 5 GHz. band, so we expect that 802.11n will continue to be the Wi-Fi technology of choice for a number of years yet.”

Innovative 802.11ac Investment Protection Plan
The AP332 access point, available now, comes with Meru’s innovative 802.11ac Investment Protection Plan. Through the plan, customers that purchase Meru’s AP332s, AP320s or AP433s between November 1, 2012 and June 28, 2013, will have an option to pay an additional US$499 per access point and trade them in for qualifying Meru 802.11ac access points when they become available*.

The 802.11ac trade-in plan allows enterprises to migrate their WLANs to the new 802.11 Wi-Fi standard with limited investment. Investments made in qualifying Meru AP products today can be upgraded to 802.11ac in the future for a nominal price. Through the program, Meru customers have access to robust wireless solutions today without compromising their ability to take advantage of 802.11ac.

*Restrictions apply – please see: http://www.merunetworks.com/investment-protection

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About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) designs, develops, and distributes virtualised wireless LAN solutions that provide enterprises with the performance, reliability, predictability and operational simplicity of a wired network with the advantages of mobility. Meru Networks eliminates the deficiencies of multichannel, client-controlled architectures with its innovative, single-channel, virtualised network architecture that easily handles device density and diversity. Meru wireless LAN solutions are deployed in major vertical industries including Fortune 500 businesses, education, hospitality, healthcare and retail supply chain. Founded in 2002, Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., with operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. Visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300 for more information.

This news release contains forward-looking statements about Meru Networks expectations, hopes, plans, intentions, or strategies, including, but not limited to statements regarding Meru’s ability provide new products, the ability to deliver nearly twice the capacity of traditional multi-channel installations with the same number of access points in dense environments, the timing of the adoption of the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, and the ability for customers to have access to robust wireless solutions today without compromising their ability to take advantage of future technology advancements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions, which, if they do not fully materialise or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties include those described in Meru Networks’ documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements in this news release are based on information available to Meru Networks as of the date hereof. Meru Networks assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Meru Networks is a registered trademark of Meru Networks, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

New remote analyser capability for AirMagnet WiFi Analyser PRO and AirMagnet Spectrum XT eliminates need for costly site visits when troubleshooting wireless LAN

FN AirMagnet WiFi Analyser PROAugust 21, 2012Fluke Networks has announced a new remote analysis capability for its portable wireless LAN (WLAN) tools, making them the first to enable both real-time troubleshooting and spectrum analysis of remote wireless networks.

This lets organisations with remote sites that do not need WIDS/WIPS 24/7 monitoring to resolve connectivity and interference problems, identify rogue devices and detect security violations without having to make expensive site visits.

Wayne Allen, program manager, Fluke Networks, said, “Fluke Networks’ new remote analyser not only helps customers avoid site visits, it also reduces productivity losses that affect the entire organisation while they work to fix a problem or issue.”

The remote analyser solution is comprised of AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer PRO 10.0, AirMagnet Spectrum XT 3.5.1 and AirMagnet Series Sensors. Sensors can be deployed to remote sites and then be monitored via WiFi Analyser PRO or Spectrum XT at a control site.

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Availability
Sensors and downloads for AirMagnet WiFi Analyzer PRO and AirMagnet Spectrum XT with the new remote analyser features are available for purchase now at Fluke Networks.

About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks’ products and expertise to help solve today’s toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.flukenetworks.com.

Meru and Wavelink team up to bring virtualised WLAN solutions to Australian enterprises

Wavelink LogoMarch 9, 2012 – Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) and its Australian distributor Wavelink have announced expansion plans in the Australian region with the addition of a dedicated team of Meru technical sales professionals comprising territory account managers and sales engineers. Meru and Wavelink will bring Meru’s advanced wireless solutions, easy to deploy and manage, to enterprises that are attempting to support the thousands of devices that are flooding their enterprises. The team will focus on target markets including education, healthcare, enterprise, government and hospitality.

The team will work with end-customers in the design and implementation of Meru virtualised wireless WLANs that give IT managers an important degree of choice in deploying their mobility infrastructure. Wavelink’s existing resellers located in Melbourne and Sydney will co-sell Meru WLAN solutions and lead network implementations in the K-12, healthcare, hospitality and enterprise markets. In addition, Wavelink will extend engineering and inside sales support out of the Sydney office.

These sales and engineering support capabilities are being added in the Australian market during a period of high growth for wireless network technology in the region. Since forming the initial partnership with Meru in 2009, Wavelink’s sales of Meru’s products have grown dramatically and the company is on track to increase its sales of Meru solutions by more than 50 per cent year-over-year.

David Kelly, vice president of international sales for Meru Networks, said, “Meru and Wavelink have achieved fantastic results over the last two years as they have helped customers address the challenge of accommodating of the influx of Wi-Fi devices entering their environment daily. Working together we will jointly deliver solutions across the key vertical industries in Australia.”

Meru’s industry-leading integrated WLAN solutions are designed to deliver the scale, capacity, security and manageability necessitated by the BYOD phenomenon. Meru solutions are engineered from the ground up to be simple to use, easy to manage and provide a rapid return on investment as enterprises build out their wireless networks.

Secure BYOD access with minimal IT overhead
In addition to other products, Meru and Wavelink will bring Meru’s guest management solutions to Australian companies, greatly simplifying network access and management for wired and wireless environments. Meru Smart Connect, an optional feature for Identity Manager, is designed for the most dense and diverse environments where guest access is stressing the capacity of IT departments. Smart Connect enables automatic detection of devices as they connect to the wireless LAN and provides simple configuration for secure guest access across all operating systems including Windows, iOS, Android and Mac OS. It features one-click self-provisioning of devices in accordance with IT security policies. Identity Manager provides common functionality across wired and wireless environments, and supports multi-vendor wireless LAN environments.

“Our products provide best-in-class wireless connectivity for large-scale environments where BYOD is the norm,” continued Kelly. “Our solutions are designed specifically for the rigors of BYOD, simplifying WLAN management and minimising IT overhead. We’re thrilled to be working with such a great partner as we bring these solutions to this market.”

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About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) sells virtualised wireless LAN solutions that provide enterprises with the performance, reliability, predictability and operational simplicity of a wired network with the advantages of mobility. Meru’s innovative network-in-control architecture virtualises wireless access and produces an intelligent, self-monitoring WLAN. Moving to Meru lets enterprises migrate business-critical applications from wired networks to an all-wireless network able to handle the diversity and density of mobile communication devices. Meru’s unique “network-in-control” wireless architecture is used by all major vertical industries including Fortune 500 businesses, health care, education, retail, manufacturing, hospitality, and government. Founded in 2002, Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and operates worldwide. Visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300 for more information.

About Wavelink
Wavelink (www.wavelink.com.au) specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge business IP, wireless, communication and network security and access solutions. Wavelink distributes a range of products from Meru Networks, Polycom, Digium, Cisco, AirTight, Nomadix and Bradford Networks. For more information please contact Wavelink on 1300 147 000.

Cautionary statement regarding forward looking statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements and information. All statements other than statements of historical facts that address activities, events or developments that we expect, believe or anticipate will or may occur in the future are forward- looking statements. Such statements include, but are not limited to those statements regarding Meru’s ability to bring advanced wireless solutions to Australian enterprises, the ability to design and implement wireless LANs to give IT managers a degree of choice in deploying their mobility infrastructure, and the ability to jointly deliver solutions across key vertical industries in Australia. We have identified some of these forward-looking statements with words like “believe,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “predict,” “anticipate,” “estimate” or “continue” and other words and terms of similar meaning. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including the risk that the market for Meru’s solutions may not grow as the company expects; risks related to a lengthening customer approval processes, including lengthening of budget approval processes and funding uncertainty for domestic education customers; the risk that continuing investment in sales and marketing coverage and capacity will fail to diversify the company’s customer mix or mitigate against the uncertainty of governmental funding; and the other risks and uncertainties described under the caption “Risk Factors” in Meru Networks’ quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC, on November 8, 2011, as well as additional reports filed with the SEC. These forward-looking statements also involve assumptions that, if they do not fully materialise or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. We have based these forward-looking statements largely on our current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that we believe may affect our financial conditions, results of operations, business strategy and financial needs. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, new developments or otherwise.

Wavelink Communications announces Meru Networks awarded patent that addresses problem of Wi-Fi network congestion meltdowns

Melbourne, February 15, 2011 – Wavelink Communications, a value added distributor of business IP, wireless and communication solutions, has announced that Meru Networks, the leader in virtualised 802.11n enterprise wireless networking, has been awarded a patent for its ground breaking virtualised wireless LAN (WLAN) architecture.

Patent no. 7,826,426 covers Meru’s Virtual Port technology, designed to address the problem of a Microcell Wi-Fi meltdown and wireless network congestion.  Meru’s newly patented unique technology provides wired switch-like bandwidth optimisation and security for enterprises that increasingly need to manage environments with growing density of iPads, iPhones and similar next-generation smartphone mobile devices, such as Android-based wireless devices.

Ilan Rubin, managing director, Wavelink Communications, said, “The explosion of mobile devices used by mobile workers in all types of businesses will drive infrastructure density in many places over the next few years increasing the demand, and sophistication required, for wireless networks.

“Meru’s virtualisation technology provides the solution to addressing density issues and avoiding the bottlenecks and meltdowns that can be difficult to avoid when wireless networks are in high demand.”

To manage this rapid increase in density and wireless network congestion, Meru’s Virtual Port uniquely provides switch-like port isolation to devices over the air. Network managers gain fine-grain access control and improved security, while the infrastructure optimises the allocation of the wireless bandwidth to address the problems of Microcell Wi-Fi meltdowns caused by Wi-Fi spectrum congestion.

Meru’s Virtual Port architecture is designed to provide a dedicated virtual network connection for each mobile device, giving users the performance, reliability and security expected from wired networks.  The network architecture also delivers the mobility benefits of wireless and the flexibility of virtualisation for mobile applications, all while delivering quality-of-service (QoS) and predictable service levels.

Meru’s virtualised WLAN solutions are purpose-built to scale and easily handle the highest user density environments created by the use of Wi-Fi enabled devices such as iPads, iPhones, smartphones and laptops accessing voice, video and data content and applications.

Rubin said, “A Microcell Wi-Fi meltdown is not an isolated incident and businesses are looking to understand how they can avoid them.  Meru’s virtualised WLAN architecture was designed from the beginning to avoid these issues.”

Users of Meru’s Virtual Port are able to avoid wireless failures in high-density environments, because client devices are provided a unique virtual wireless network with dedicated bandwidth and network control.  On the other hand, legacy microcell users may continue to experience increasing incidents of Wi-Fi meltdowns, because every device must share bandwidth, and as more and more devices are introduced, the more unstable and unreliable the network becomes.

Key facts
* Optimisation and management of the Wi-Fi network is crucial to successfully managing spectrum congestion.  Unlike legacy microcell WLAN designs, Meru’s Virtual Port technology can operate on a single channel for use enterprise-wide, and is designed to maximise network performance while accelerating and simplifying deployments.  With its zero-handoff technology, mobile devices need not switch channels when roaming, so users and applications can experience uninterrupted connections.  Meru’s single channel set-up is designed to mitigate interference so users can cover larger areas with fewer access points and support much higher density of mobile devices.

* With Meru’s architecture, enterprises can layer additional channels simultaneously, letting them harness the spectrum wasted by multiple-channel microcell networks to support even greater density, reliability and continuity of their applications.

* Microcell Wi-Fi meltdowns are a growing occurrence everyday across enterprises.  Meru’s core technology is designed to support the proliferation of wireless devices and applications and more critically, avoid such Wi-Fi meltdowns.  Meru’s ability help enterprises avoid a Wi-Fi meltdown has been demonstrated with its WLAN 500 demo, with more than 500 wireless devices in an area of less than  47 square metres – streaming voice, video and data concurrently and deliver full quality of service whether stationary or mobile.

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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.

About Meru Networks
Founded in 2002, Meru Networks provides a virtualised 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 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 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.

Meru Networks is a registered trademark of Meru Networks, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Wavelink extends virtualised WLAN portfolio with Meru Networks new value priced business critical 802.11n access points

Wavelink Communications, a value added distributor of business IP, wireless and communication solutions, has announced a new 802.11n access point product line for the extended enterprise, the Meru Networks AP1000i.

The AP1000i leverages the power of Meru’s market proven Single-Channel, Virtual Port™ and Virtual Cell™ technologies, delivering enterprise leaders simple deployment, ease of management, reliability and cost savings for the distributed enterprise.

Delivering robust connectivity, mobility and service assurance, the AP1000i is designed to deliver a Wireless-Like-Wire™ experience for the distributed enterprise and enable businesses to elevate the customer experience and boost employee productivity.

Jonathan Ordman, director, Wavelink said, “The Meru AP1000i provides an easy way for companies to have all the benefits of a higher-performing WLAN solution at a price point that is affordable for organisations that are making a change.

“This is just another example of how partners like Meru Networks have helped us improve service delivery to our clients as well as reducing costs to the operation.”

Ram Appalaraju, senior vice president – marketing, Meru Networks said, “Enterprises are seeking ways to extend their reach to get close to their customers, and transforming their infrastructure to accommodate the new reality of globally distributed workforce and locations.

“Through our strategic partnership with Wavelink, we are able to deliver reliable, seamless and efficient WLAN solutions to integrate remote offices into their corporate networks. “

Key facts about the AP1000i include:
* newest entry-level, high-value enterprise access point solution in Meru’s product family with breakthrough connectivity, mobility, and security and is designed to be the industry’s simplest to deploy and easiest to manage WLAN solution
* designed for enterprises demanding mission-critical connectivity and mobility without the high cost and complexity of microcell products
* out of the box support for thousands of 802.11 a/b/g/n devices
* simple and easy to deploy
* based on Meru’s proven innovative Single-Channel, Virtual Cell, Virtual Port technology, delivering consistent and uniform coverage with minimal RF planning and ongoing RF site surveys
* provides full branch-to-core security that includes integrated rogue mitigation and intrusion prevention, providing secure access to applications and corporate resources
* enables companies to rapidly scale to support the expansion of business operations as well as support the addition of new locations

Availability
The AP1000i is available in December 2010.

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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, Nomadix and amigopod.

About Meru Networks
Founded in 2002, Meru Networks develops and markets 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 major industry vertical markets, including education, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing and retail.  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.

Meru celebrates its third anniversary of delivering the industry’s first enterprise-class 802.11n wireless LAN

Outpacing the industry in 802.11n deployments with over 92 per cent of Meru’s access point units shipped being 802.11n, virtually double the industry average of 47 per cent

Sydney, Australia, September 20, 2010 – Meru Networks Inc., (NASDAQ:MERU), the leader in virtualised and optimised 802.11n enterprise wireless networking, celebrates its third anniversary of delivering the industry’s first enterprise-class 802.11n wireless LAN solutions.

In 2007, Meru deployed the world’s first enterprise-wide 802.11n wireless network at Morrisville State College, State University of New York with IBM Global Services. With a network of over 800 access points providing ubiquitous wireless coverage and access to any application, students and staff were the first to leverage a Wireless-Like-Wire™ experience even in high-density environments in its residence halls and auditoriums as wireless devices proliferated throughout the campus. Building on its pioneering vision of the All Wireless Enterprise™, where edge network access becomes all-wireless, Meru introduced enterprise-class 802.11n solutions across key industries and vertical markets including healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality, retail, transportation, logistics and education. Today, over 3,500 customers worldwide have already migrated to Meru’s next generation virtualised WLAN solution to optimise the performance and reliability of their wireless network, reduce cost and ultimately improve overall end-user experience.

Meru continues to outpace the competing legacy microcell WLAN vendors with 92 per cent of Meru’s access point units shipped being 802.11n, almost twice that of the overall industry average of 47 per cent, as defined by leading analyst firm, the Dell’Oro Group.

Ihab Abu-Hakima, president and chief executive officer, Meru Networks said, “Meru jumpstarted the transformation of enterprise networking from expensive, inflexible wired cable plant to our reliable, more cost-effective and productive all-wireless network access environment. With Meru’s next generation 802.11n virtualised WLAN solutions, we are delivering a Wireless-like-Wire solution to organisations across all sectors supporting the accelerating growth in usage of new mobile devices such as iPads, notebooks and smartphones. Today, our solutions are supporting the highest mobile device user densities, and providing the most scalable and best performing enterprise wireless networks around the world.”

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.

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.

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.

Wavelink Chosen as Distributor for AirTight Networks Wireless Intrusion Prevention Solutions

Global leader in wireless security solutions further complements Wavelink’s wireless portfolio

Melbourne, August 25, 2010 – Wavelink Communications, a value-added distributor of business IP, wireless and communication solutions has been chosen as the Australian distributor for AirTight® Networks’ SpectraGuard® family of wireless intrusion prevention (WIPS) products and services. AirTight is recognised as a global leader in supplying wireless network security solutions, which ensure that both wired networks and wireless LAN (WLAN) security and performance are not compromised by wireless threats or interference such as denial-of-service (DoS) attacks, WLAN traffic is kept private and secure, users are prevented from installing unauthorized WLANs, and unsupported/ unauthorised WLAN technologies are barred from operation.

Ilan Rubin, Wavelink managing director said, “It is now standard industry practice that any enterprise wireless network must provide secure wireless connectivity. While the built-in security capabilities of enterprise-class WLAN vendors are acceptable for many applications, a number of factors drive the need for wireless-specific security monitoring capabilities. These include mis-configuration and administration of WLAN security settings, the proliferation of unmanaged wireless devices in the workplace, such as iPhones and smartphones, and increased security demands from government and defence users as well as from the retail industry for the security of wireless payment processing systems and to meet the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) Wireless Guideline.”

“Although some wireless security capabilities can be implemented using the integrated monitoring functions provided by the WLAN infrastructure vendor, AirTight operates as a separate overlay WIPS to any WLAN, which delivers stronger security capabilities through full-time monitoring. We expect that as wireless technology becomes more pervasive, the overlay approach will provide the most flexible approach for rapidly incorporating monitoring and intrusion prevention. The addition of AirTight further complements our growing portfolio of enterprise wireless solutions,” continued Rubin.

AirTight has focused solely building products for wireless intrusion prevention from the ground up,” said Steve Choi, AirTight’s managing director for Asia Pacific Sales. “SpectraGuard is easy to set up and operate, and AirTight’s methodology for classifying events avoids false alarms when identifying rogues. We recognise the value that Wavelink provides via their market knowledge, established channels and technical expertise and are delighted to welcome them as our distributor.”

 

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 AirTight, Meru Networks, Polycom, Cisco, Digium and amigopod.

About AirTight

AirTight Networks is the global leader in wireless security and compliance solutions providing customers best-of-breed technology to automatically detect, classify, locate and block all current and emerging wireless threats. AirTight offers both the industry’s leading wireless intrusion prevention system (WIPS) and the world’s first wireless vulnerability management (WVM) security-as-a-service (SaaS). AirTight’s award-winning solutions are used by customers globally in the financial, government, retail, manufacturing, transportation, education, health care, telecom, and technology industries. AirTight owns the seminal patents for wireless intrusion prevention technology with 18 U.S. patents granted or allowed, two international patents granted (UK and Australia), and more than 20 additional patents pending. AirTight Networks is a privately held company based in Mountain View, CA. For more information please visit www.airtightnetworks.com

AirTight Networks and the AirTight Networks logo are trademarks; AirTight and SpectraGuard are registered trademarks of AirTight Networks, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Fluke Networks launches industry’s first handheld tool offering intuitive, rapid wi-fi troubleshooting

Rugged, portable wi-fi tester for 802.11 a/b/g/n networks provides fast and simple WLAN visibility

Sydney, June 8, 2009 – Fluke Networks has announced the launch of the AirCheck™ Wi-Fi Tester, a dedicated handheld tool that delivers quick and easy troubleshooting for today’s increasingly complex wireless local area networks (WLAN).

Offering simple, intuitive operation, the rugged new Wi-Fi tester can be learned and used in minutes by frontline IT professionals, even if they have little previous wireless network experience, and is an affordable option for every enterprise, large or small.

The AirCheck tester provides a single, handheld solution for engineers and technicians looking for fast and effective Wi-Fi network visibility.

AirCheck users can:
· easily verify and troubleshoot 802.11 a/b/g/n network availability, connectivity, channel utilisation and security settings
· identify coverage and connectivity problems
· find unauthorised or rogue access points (APs)
· see overloaded networks and channels
· detect interference and validate security settings.

Wayne Allen, sales and marketing manager, Fluke Networks Australia and New Zealand said, “Companies are increasingly reliant on Wi-Fi networks but many continue to see them as less reliable than wired alternatives.

“This is partly because time- and resource-pressured IT personnel do not necessarily have the training or the tools they need to monitor and troubleshoot network issues. AirCheck arms frontline IT personnel with an affordable, easy-to-use, portable tool that provides comprehensive WLAN visibility across all Wi-Fi standards.”

The new AirCheck tester is quicker, easier to operate and more portable than any other Wi-Fi tool on the market. Booting up in less than three seconds, AirCheck automatically starts discovering networks, access points and channel activity immediately.

Testing sessions can be saved with the press of a single key, and then downloaded via the USB port to a PC for report generation or archiving with AirCheck Manager software. These features are particularly valuable for trouble ticket resolution or escalation, enabling broad access to all the session data captured by the AirCheck Wi-Fi Tester – saving time and resources.

The speed and simplicity of the AirCheck tester not only enables the entire IT organisation to troubleshoot wireless LAN issues, it has also been proven to save organisational resources by reducing time needed for troubleshooting.

Its intuitive interface is built around a 2.8-inch full colour LCD screen and a simple menu-based system that can be navigated using just five buttons. The tester measures 8.9 cm x 19.8 cm x 4.8 cm and weighs only 400 grams.

AirCheck Manager software, which is supplied with the unit, manages all AirCheck profiles and the information collected from multiple AirCheck testers. The software can help IT support personnel close trouble tickets more efficiently or fully document the problem for support escalation.

Product availability
The AirCheck Wi-Fi Tester is now available through Fluke Networks’ sales partners worldwide.
Please contact Fluke Networks on (612) 8850 3333 for more details on where to purchase this product.

About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks provides innovative solutions for the installation and certification, testing, monitoring and analysis of copper, fiber and wireless networks used by enterprises and telecommunications carriers.

The company’s comprehensive line of Network SuperVision™ Solutions provide network installers, owners, and maintainers with superior vision, combining speed, accuracy and ease of use to optimise network performance. Headquartered in Everett, Washington, the company distributes its products in more than 50 countries. More information can be found by visiting Fluke Networks’ Web site at www.flukenetworks.com or by calling (612) 8850 3333.