Meru access points are designed to work in concert with each other, all falling under the command of the Meru controller so that their coverageareas seamlessly merge into a Virtual Cell. Major competitive differentiators include:
- Industry's highest throughput. Independent tests by Novarum show that a single radio on a Meru AP reaches sustained real TCP throughput of more than 190 Mbps. Throughput per radio is consistently about 40Mbps higher than with APs from Meru's two major competitors.
- 30% fewer APs needed. Because Meru access points can all transmit at full power without interference, a typical deployment requires 30% fewer than under a microcell architecture.
- No channel planning. Adjacent APs can share the same radio channel so there is no need for channel planning or power adjustment either before the network is built or when APs are moved or added.
- Lightbulb-like installation. Access points are plug and play, automatically finding a controller and downloading their configuration from it.
- Standard Power over Ethernet. Meru's APs can all be powered using standard 802.3af PoE. This applies even to dual-radio 802.11n models.
- Software upgradeable. Meru's AP300 range includes 802.11a/b/g models that are software-upgradeable to 802.11n one radio at a time. Customers can time their 802.11n upgrade to match their needs, not their AP purchase cycle.
- Continuous security scanning. Unlike their two major competitors, dual-radio Meru APs can scan for security threats while serving voice or other real-time traffic. In addition, software-upgradeable APs can scan for 802.11n threats even before an upgrade is purchased.
Meru offers access points supporting 802.11a/b/g as well as 802.11n Draft 2.0 standards, deployable indoors or outdoors. Meru also offers an 802.11n-ready access point that is software-upgradeable from a/b/g with built-in 802.11n rogue scanning. For energy savings, all access points, including dual-radio 802.11n APs, support standard 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE). That reduces the need for additional power systems. And as Meru requires fewer access points than other wireless LAN systems, there is less need for cabling and other associated infrastructure.