SOURCE: Meru Networks

Meru Networks

January 31, 2012 12:29 ET

Meru Brings the Wireless Edge Outdoors With First 1.3 Gbps, Rugged, Three-Radio, Three-Stream Access Point

High-Capacity Meru OAP433e™ Delivers Scalability, Reliability & Control to WLANs That Reach Across Corporate and Educational Campuses, Stadiums, Shopping Malls, Hotels and Healthcare Facilities

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - Jan 31, 2012) - Meru Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: MERU) announced the availability of a new, rugged outdoor Wi-Fi access point designed to deliver uncompromising wireless in outdoor environments. The Meru OAP433e brings state-of-the-art, virtualized Wi-Fi to the thousands of devices being used across education and corporate campuses, hotels, shopping malls and stadiums. The three-radio, three-stream device is the first three-radio, three-stream 802.11n outdoor access point in the industry with 1.35 Gbps of datarate capacity. It is the most powerful access point in its class and is designed to work with Meru's unique virtual WLAN operating system, System Director 5.

"Meru is expanding the boundaries of the wireless enterprise by bringing high-capacity, high performance and highly-reliable WLAN infrastructure to thousands of users who are on the go, both indoors and out," said Kamal Anand, VP of Product Management for Meru. "The enterprise is no longer bounded by bricks and mortar. People require reliable network access as they travel between buildings, enter stadiums, move across campuses -- and they expect their applications and Wi-Fi devices to perform flawlessly. In addition, as more and more users bring their own devices (BYOD) into the environment, the WLAN must be intelligently scalable and secure to serve the needs of a vast number of device types and applications being used simultaneously, and on the go. Our new OAP433e brings all the reliability and performance that our internal access points are known for, and does it in a ruggedized, outdoor-ready form factor."

The new access point is integrated with Meru System Director™ 5 the industry's only virtual wireless operating system that effectively controls and optimizes wireless connectivity across the RF spectrum. Through its unique Air Traffic Control® technology, System Director 5 enables thousands of devices and applications to seamlessly access network resources simultaneously, ensuring equal access for all, even as these devices are being used by people on the go. Traditional client in control WLAN architectures cannot meet the challenge of BYOD because their legacy design lets devices choose how and where to connect, with no regard for other devices or applications. Client in control architectures are unable to provide the scale necessary for BYOD, and often provide inconsistent reliability and compromised quality of service -- especially as users move from place to place.

Anand continued: "These new access points, in conjunction with our recently released System Director 5 software and high-capacity controllers, raise the standard for BYOD-ready wireless -- both indoors and out. With these products, and others that are in development, Meru is redefining the wireless edge."

About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) sells virtualized 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 virtualizes 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 or call (408) 215-5300 for more information.

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