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Meru Networks

December 20, 2011 13:00 ET

The Boston Red Sox Gear Up to Support Record Crowds and Record Wi-Fi Demand at Fenway Park With Meru

Meru and Ayacht Technologies Deliver Uncompromising Wireless Connectivity for Improved Fan Experience and Increased Mobile Concession Sales at Historic 37,000-Seat Baseball Park

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - Dec 20, 2011) - Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU), the leader in virtualized 802.11 enterprise wireless networking, today announced that the Boston Red Sox® selected Meru Networks® wireless LAN (WLAN) solutions for its wireless network at historic Fenway Park in Boston. Meru's networks are designed to provide unparalleled reliability, quality of service, operational ease and uncompromised wireless connectivity for a rich, interactive fan experience and improved concession sales at Fenway. Meru and Ayacht Technologies began the large-scale replacement of the park's legacy wireless infrastructure with Meru WLAN solutions prior to opening day in 2011; the first phase of the implementation was finalized and implemented within the two weeks.

Located in the middle of the heavily populated city of Boston, the Fenway wireless network is constantly bombarded with interference from the surrounding areas. TV and radio broadcasters clamber for network access during each game, and flash crowds of up to 37,000 fans use a variety of wireless devices to enjoy an interactive baseball experience.

"The sheer number of devices trying to access the network was dizzying -- and that number has continued to grow," said Steve Conley, IT Director, Boston Red Sox. "Our old network simply wasn't capable of handling the influx of devices or meeting the demand for high-performance connectivity. Meru brought stability, reliability and simplicity to our wireless infrastructure. We can now not only tune the network for optimal performance and avoid outages, we can also scale to meet network demands and reduce management costs."

Meru Standards-Based Architecture Delivers Reliability, Quality of Service and Operational Ease

Meru's unique, 802.11n standards-based Virtual Wireless LAN Architecture, easily meets the challenges of device density and diversity more cost effectively than traditional client-controlled approaches to WLAN. The Boston Red Sox installation is built on Meru System Director Software, Meru 4100 Controllers, and AP320 Access Points. Also integral to the project is Meru's Service Assurance Management Suite, including Spectrum Manager. These solutions enable network managers to deliver superior quality service through proactive identification of sources of potential interference. With the tool set, the Red Sox IT team can make adjustments before issues occur.

"Sports and entertainment powerhouses like the Red Sox increasingly turn to Meru for high-capacity, uncompromising wireless infrastructure to improve customer experience and business results," said Ihab Abu-Hakima, CEO of Meru Networks. "As mobile devices proliferate, legacy wireless systems are often unable to meet the connectivity demands of thousands of wireless devices hitting the network simultaneously. Meru's next-generation wireless LAN solutions offer a proven technology approach to WLAN, specifically designed to accommodate the increasing demands of device density and diversity."

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About Meru Networks
Founded in 2002, Meru Networks provides a virtualized wireless LAN architecture that cost-effectively delivers the performance, reliability, predictability and operational simplicity of a wired network, with the advantages of mobility. Meru's solution represents an innovative, yet standards-based approach to wireless networking that utilizes virtualization technology to create an intelligent and self-monitoring wireless network, enabling enterprises to migrate their business-critical applications from wired networks to wireless networks, to 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 or call (408) 215-5300.

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 to provide unparalleled reliability, quality of service, operational ease and uncompromised wireless connectivity, to deliver improved concession sales, customer experiences and business results, and meet the demands of density and reliability while offering a pathway to almost limitless capacity and cost effectiveness. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions which, if they do not fully materialize 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.

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