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Meru revolutionises 802.11ac

Network specialist launches AP832 802.11ac access point in Middle East

Meru revolutionises 802.11ac
Manish Rai and David Kelly: invest in 802.11ac now.

Meru Networks has launched its AP832 802.11ac access point into the Middle East, which features a mobile flex architecture and gives multiple deployment options, including single channel virtual cell, according to Manish Rai, Vice President Corporate Marketing, Meru Networks.

“As you know with Wi-Fi, clients make a decision which access points they connect to,” says Rai. “With the system, you cannot see multiple access points, it looks like one giant access point. It is unique in this aspect. There are multiple benefits; one is that we put the control back in the network so we can decide which access point to add to which client. Typically, the problem with the client being in control is that you get aggressive roamers that ping pong between different wireless points or sticky clients that as you walk away, still hang onto the old access point with the bars dropping down to a single bar before it lets go. With our approach you never get those.”

Another benefit is that since the system is virtualised, the user can blanket the entire enterprise on a single channel.

“Others use channels to avoid interference, they put 1, 6, 11 channels. We put everything on one and use extra channels to add bandwidth. If you run out of space at 6, add 11. Competitors are also saying deploy 40mHz channels, which is half the maximum possible. This means your rate going down we are saying deploy 80mHz, get the full range. Why compromise? Take advantage of the technology today, future proof yourself today, don’t wait for another two years, Today is the time to invest,” says David Kelly, Vice President, International Sales at Meru Networks.

According to Meru Networks’ research at the University of Houston in the US, there is a 30% performance improvement on the N clients connected to AC.

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