802.11n - Lower Total Cost of Ownership
Upgrading to 802.11n doesn't just mean a faster wireless network. It means a faster edge network too, able to replace Ethernet for any application. With Meru's Virtualized Wireless LAN, the network is more secure, reliable and scalable than Ethernet, making cabling upgrades unnecessary. By moving to an all-wireless edge network, enterprises no longer have to deal with two separate means of access.
Meru makes 802.11n easy to install and easy to manage. Thanks to the Virtual Cell architecture, its total cost of ownership is lower than that of other wireless LAN solutions, let alone a combination of Ethernet and 802.11. Meru saves money in three main ways:
- Less hardware is needed because Meru access points can always transmit at full power. In a legacy microcell system, the multipath effects of 802.11n mean that access points' power needs to be turned down to mitigate co-channel interference. Meru's Virtual Cell already avoids this interference, so no powering down is needed. Meru's more powerful coverage means that about 30% fewer access points are needed. That leads to similar savings in PoE ports and other back-end infrastructure.
- No channel planning reduces ongoing costs. The same multipath effects that force microcell access points to turn down their transmission power also lead to complex channel planning because neighboring access points need to be tuned to different radio channels to avoid interfering with each other. This is much more difficult with 802.11n than with previous generations because each cell's coverage area is spiky and non-contiguous. Meru avoids all of it; access points are truly plug-and-play.
- Client control avoids the need to buy or maintain client-side management software. Meru's Virtual Port gives the network granular control over the bandwidth, resource usage and access privileges of every client on the network. It requires no proprietary extensions, working with any standard 802.11a/b/g/n device.
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