By Dennis Huang posted August 22, 2014
The desktop phone is fast becoming a relic. Mobile devices have changed how and where we work. Businesses, schools, healthcare providers, and many other organizations are making the move to unified communications tools like Microsoft Lync. So today, with the addition of a UC client or softphone, people can easily make phone calls or initiate video chats from their favorite mobile device. This involves running voice traffic over a wireless LAN on a mobile device such as a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, and eliminating the need for separate desk phones and cutting cell phone bills. But many voice-over-wireless-LAN deployments are limited and not for everyday use, because it’s difficult to deliver the voice quality and rock-solid reliability that people expect.
This is changing.
802.11ac Wi-Fi is ideal for supporting demanding applications like voice and video. 802.11ac, which offers three times the data rate of legacy 802.11n Wi-Fi, is an ideal platform for the build-out of “video ready” networks. In addition, many organizations are moving to Microsoft Lync as their UC platform of choice. Together, this signifies an explosion of phone and video conferences over Wi-Fi from smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
To help organizations ensure that their wireless infrastructure is ready for the demands of voice and video collaboration, Meru’s 802.11ac AP832 and AP822 access points (APs) have been certified under the Microsoft Lync Server Wi-Fi Certification program—the first APs to satisfy Microsoft’s new 802.11ac testing requirements. The certification program, established in July, helps to ensure a better user experience, with high voice quality, a minimum of dropped calls even when roaming between APs, and fewer IT deployment and support issues.
Meru is doubling its efforts to ensure interoperability between our products and applications that run over Wi-Fi, such as Microsoft Lync. With wireless becoming an everyday utility, it is critical that the network just works!