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Meraki Launches 802.11n Access Point

The networking startup is trying to differentiate its products by having a lower price point and offering a hosted solution for network management.


Meraki MR58 802.11n Access Point

Meraki MR58 802.11n Access Point
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Networking startup Meraki is introducing an 802.11n access point that it said will offer businesses high throughput at low costs.

The MR58 is designed for outdoor use, is weatherproof, and has three radios that can be used for backhaul, front-end networking, and meshing with other networks. The access point can provide up to five times the capacity and speed of standard 802.11b/g devices. Meraki said it has incorporated beam-forming technology into the MR58 so users can get improved performance from their legacy devices.

Meraki said the product is aimed at businesses and organizations that want the high-capacity coverage 802.11n offers but don't have the IT teams or budgets to approach it like a large enterprise would. Meraki offers a hosted solution approach to the back-end management of the wireless network. The company envisions this device to be deployed in places like universities, malls, apartment complexes, and other places needing a large wireless footprint.

"The Meraki MR58 is the ideal solution for those looking to build fast, strong, and secure networks that cover large areas," said Hans Robertson, Meraki's VP of product management, in a statement. "Also, unlike any other product in its class, the MR58 is easy to use and quick to deploy."

Cisco Systems recently introduced an outdoor 802.11n access point that's also aimed at the enterprise market. Meraki is hoping to carve out market share by aiming at the small-to-midsize market, and by offering its device at a lower price. The MR58 costs $1,499, while similar products cost about $3,000 from the competition.


Using 802.11n offers businesses the opportunity to become truly unwired enterprises, but many questions still remain on the complexity of deployment, legacy equipment, and cost. InformationWeek has compiled a report to get businesses ready for 802.11n, and it can be downloaded here (registration required).

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