Meru Networks high-performance, scalable wireless
Today the Meru Virtualized Wireless LAN is serving thousands of customers around the
world including the Education, Hospitality, Healthcare, and Retail industries.
Welcome to the new enterprise
Meru wireless LANs are specifically designed for environments where high-density wireless
traffic depends on business-critical applications. These conditions first emerged in places
where the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend is in full force and weak networks are
unacceptable: hospitals and airports, universities and schools, hotels and other enterprises.
Today, the BYOD phenomenon is pervasive. In all kinds of enterprises, IT managers are
finding that wireless demands are beginning to exceed the capabilities of their current
networks—legacy systems meant for casual use and low-volume traffic. With the rapid
consumerization of IT, they’re facing more and more mobile devices that have to be
provisioned and managed easily and securely. They’re confronting high-bandwidth
applications demanding more and more resources.
They’re struggling with the need to scale up an old network to accommodate the rising tide
of wireless traffic and to accommodate users in many locations, from headquarters
buildings to home offices.
They are experiencing the emergence of the distributed mobile enterprise, and the stress of
an infrastructure that is unprepared. And they’re turning to Meru for solutions.
A high-performance, scalable wireless LAN solution
Ninety percent of Meru networks replace legacy microcell networks. Why? With a Meru
Virtualized WLAN, IT professionals can easily:
Expand the Wi-Fi network to support more users bringing more devices. A Meru Virtualized
WLAN scales up easily—without time-consuming and costly site plans.
Manage the Wi-Fi network with small staffs and tight budgets. A Meru Virtualized WLAN is
simple to deploy and manage, with low total cost of ownership.
Ensure consistent, high-quality mobile services. Meru creates a reliable, seamless network
with no soft spots. Real-time RF resource optimization allocates bandwidth fairly and
At the same time, Meru lets IT managers leverage their existing investments in
virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility—the technologies that allow today’s
enterprise to become fully distributed. Meru provides a high-performance wireless
infrastructure that is easy to deploy, manage, and expand.
Future-proofing the network
The Meru infrastructure is built from the ground up to support high-density use, mobile
users, and business-critical voice, video, and data applications. It’s an all-wireless network
that delivers a consistent, interactive experience for all users—no matter what applications
they are running, no matter how many other users are on the network.
Most of all, it’s a flexible, easily scalable platform that keeps IT departments ahead of the
curve as their users become more dispersed and mobile, and their network demands grow.
It’s an infrastructure designed, from the beginning, to future-proof the enterprise network.
For schools that need to provide pervasive Wi-Fi connectivity to support the flood of Wi-Fi
devices from BYOD, Meru provides the WLAN equipment and management software you
need for classroom and campus coverage, secure guest access, and multimedia support for
video and audio learning applications.
Connectivity – 24x7x365 for students and devices – No Excuses
Mobility – Seamless device mobility across entire campus
Applications – VoIP, Video & Multimedia
Simplicity – Deployment, monitoring and management
Fast on boarding – of new students and their devices during freshmen move in, and
throughout the year
Density – 500 devices in close proximity
Meru and LanSchool deliver a Wi-Fi based uninterrupted learning management solution for
classroom, school, campus or district-wide deployments. With Meru and LanSchool, schools
can easily support 1-to-1 and BYOD initiatives; IT can manage the wireless network, teachers
can manage the class and students can manage their assignments.
Meru and LanSchool are working together to support iPads, laptops, smartphones and other
mobile devices in schools, for uninterrupted learning over the Wi-Fi network. By partnering,
Meru and LanSchool reduce several common barriers to the successful implementation of
the digital classroom:
IT is able to simplify mobile device connectivity and Wi-Fi network operations using Meru’s
unique virtualized wireless network architecture.
Teachers are able to detect and deter common distractions such as Web surfing, games and
instant messaging during class time, with real-time monitoring capabilities from LanSchool.
Students are able to collaborate with their peers and connect directly with their teachers
with screen-sharing, chat and mobility solutions from both vendors.
Drivers for Wi-Fi adoption in hospitals
In the last decade, hospitals have made significant investments in wireless technologies to
Patient Safety by deploying connected medical devices such as smart IV pumps, smart beds,
and telemetry that alert clinicians to intervene in a timely fashion.
Clinicians’ Productivity by providing care coordination systems such as Wi-Fi phones
integrated with nurse call systems, EHR access from computers on wheels, etc.
Patient Satisfaction by providing Internet access to patients and visitors so that they can
connect with friends and family and receive support from them.
But the promise of these improvements remains unfulfilled without a suitable Wi-Fi
Microcell Wi-Fi is the problem
Hospital Wi-Fi ecosystems comprise life-critical, mission-critical, and consumer-critical
applications with each having different requirements from wireless. Wi-Fi is a shared
medium and in a conventional microcell-based network the applications compete for the
same resources and interfere with each other. Microcell-based Wi-Fi networks have other
significant limitations, especially in highly mobile environments that make it challenging to
deliver high reliability in hospital environments.
Hospitals compensate for such limitations with workarounds, such as relying on wired
connectivity for Life Critical devices or overhead paging despite deploying Wi-Fi phones, or
asking nurses to stop walking when they get a voice call. Such workarounds create patient
safety risks, slow down clinicians, and ultimately make patients unhappy.
The Meru Uninterrupted Care Network is the solution
With the specific needs of hospitals in mind, Meru developed the Uninterrupted Care
Network (UCN). UCN enables hospitals to create separate, dedicated channels for life-
critical, mission-critical, and consumer-critical applications, utilizing unique RF Channel
Layering technology. UCN empowers hospitals to: