Meru Networks Breaks Technology Barriers To Deliver Wireless LANs With Enterprise-Scale Voice And Data

Meru's Air Traffic Control Is First Wireless LAN Architecture to Deliver Over-the-Air QoS, Loss-Less Handoff and Five-Fold Increase in User Density


October 13, 2003




Sunnyvale, Calif., October 13, 2003

Meru Networks Inc. today announced the immediate availability of the Meru Wireless LAN System. Based on the company's Air Traffic Control architecture, Meru's standards-compliant solution surpasses the capabilities of previous wireless LAN systems by enabling corporations to simultaneously deliver business-quality, mobile voice and data to standard wireless LAN clients on an enterprise scale. Companies increase productivity at a lower total cost of ownership for voice and data communications.

"By deploying Meru's Wireless LAN System, we will ensure that employees have guaranteed data coverage and phone access no matter where they go on our campus," said John Allem, Worldwide IT Director with NPTest. "This will greatly enhance communications with our customers and vendors, increase employee productivity and improve our bottom line."

The Meru Wireless LAN System provides application-specific over-the-air Quality of Service (QoS), and supports loss-less handoff and the high client density required in pervasive, enterprise-scale wireless LAN deployments. The patent-pending Air Traffic Control architecture leverages a set of distributed algorithms and three key embedded, standards-compliant mechanisms found nowhere else in the industry:
Over-the-Air QoS, providing fine-grained QoS per application, user, and flow, both up- and downlink between the client and the access points. This enables the same wireless LAN to be used for data and voice and results in a five-fold increase in voice-carrying capacity over today's wireless LAN systems.
Wireless Contention Management, overcoming the dramatic reduction in throughput that access points otherwise experience when multiple active clients contend for the shared wireless medium. Without degradation in peak throughput, Meru's Access Points support five times the number of active clients as compared to today's access points.
Virtual Access Point, ensuring no loss of traffic as users roam in and out of the range of various physical access points. Multiple physical Meru Access Points collaborate to form one virtual access point, creating a highly reliable, self-healing and easy-to-administer network.
"Creating a Wireless LAN with better utilization across different applications is the right move for companies today," said Rachna Ahlawat, Principal Analyst, Gartner Inc. "Enterprises require third generation Wireless LAN products with coordinated Access Points that permit greater scalability and centralized management. This will lead to a reduction in the overall costs of wireless infrastructure while improving performance."

Meru's Wireless LAN System includes the Meru Access Point, a standards-compliant 802.11 access point that simultaneously acts as an access point and RF monitor; the Meru Controller, a centralized gateway by which all security, QoS and management policies can be configured and enforced across the entire wireless LAN, and the Meru System Director, an extensible, embedded software suite for wireless LAN services. The Meru Wireless LAN System provides a wide range of functionality, from basic security and management to advanced features including application flow detection (with built-in flow-detectors for multimedia streams such as SIP and H.323), plug-and-play deployment, rogue device detection, self-healing reliability and interoperability and roaming among multi-vendor access points. The Meru solution easily integrates into existing wired Ethernet switches and is interoperable with any standard Wi-Fi client, requiring no additional client-side software.

"Our technology goes well beyond today's common wireless LAN architecture of stand-alone access points, as well as the emerging centralized, 'switch'-and-dumb-access-point concept," said Ujjal Kohli, chairman, chief executive officer and founder of Meru Networks. "By solving the scaling, contention, latency and jitter problems inherent in the shared wireless medium, the Meru Wireless LAN System enables enterprises to realize the full benefits of wireless by supporting high client density and multiple classes of applications like business-grade voice, streaming media and data over the same infrastructure."
About Meru Networks, Inc.
Meru Networks designs and develops a standards-compliant, highly secure and scalable Wireless LAN System that delivers enterprise-grade voice and data. Meru Wireless LANs help enterprises derive greater value from their networks at a lower total cost of ownership. Meru's Air Traffic Control architecture supports high density of clients, provides over-the-air application-specific quality of service to support voice and real-time applications at scale, and delivers loss-less client handoff between access points. The Meru solution reduces security risk through strong authentication, encryption and continuous monitoring of the air. Meru, founded in 2002, is based in Sunnyvale, California. For more information on Meru Networks and its products, visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300.






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