SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2012) - Meru Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:MERU), a leader in virtualized 802.11n wireless networking, today announced the company has been working with Texas A&M University-Commerce (A&M-Commerce) to deploy a campus-wide wireless service that would address the growing onslaught of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) that is being experienced at the University.
Reflecting on the progress since deployment, Jeff Faunce, director of infrastructure services at A&M-Commerce, has seen linear growth in mobile devices being used on campus and exponential growth in student and faculty expectations for Wi-Fi service. For a university with few IT resources, valuable time was being spent on the existing Wi-Fi network's channel planning, service allocation for new deployments and ad-hoc service management for installed APs.
A&M-Commerce enlisted Meru Networks for fast deployment of a centrally managed wireless network to cover an entire campus. Meru was able to connect the entire campus in six months. This was two and half years ahead of the schedule the University thought it would take due to the time it took their former Wi-Fi network to be deployed.
- The Meru wireless network at A&M-Commerce covers 20 buildings and three dorms on a 1,834-acre campus serving 11,500 students. Outdoor wireless coverage will be available soon.
- The network consists of 346 AP320s connected to two MC4200 controllers in n+1 configuration for redundancy.
- Separate, secure channel layers were provided for a special robotics research project in order to stop any interference with the rest of the University traffic on the main channel.
- With the IT resources saved from eliminating the need for labor-intensive channel planning, A&M -Commerce turned its attention to projects that provide more efficiency and capabilities to the University, such as planning for its outdoor Wi-Fi coverage and adding Wi-Fi roaming for staff using Voice-Over-IP.
- The full case study for the Texas A&M University - Commerce and Meru Networks partnership can be found at http://bit.ly/P4R5dJ
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- Jeff Faunce, director of infrastructure services, Texas A&M University-Commerce
"I would much rather that we spend our time and resources on new projects bringing more efficiencies or new capabilities to the university, instead of solving the same problem over and over again," says Faunce. "As it turned out, the problem of channel planning had already been solved by Meru Networks."
- Sarosh Vesuna, general manager of education, Meru Networks
"Meru worked with Texas A&M University-Commerce to deploy a flexible, scalable Wi-Fi solution, eliminating the need for their IT staff to spend hours of endless time consuming site-planning exercises. Now, they are able to stay ahead of their requirements to provide greater wireless coverage to expand their Meru wireless LAN."
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Meru Networks (NASDAQ:MERU) designs, develops, and distributes 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 Networks eliminates the deficiencies of multichannel, client-controlled architectures with its innovative, single-channel, virtualized 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.