Meru Networks Awarded Patent for Technology Innovation that Addresses Problem of Wi-Fi Network Congestion Meltdowns

By Meru Networks Inc., PRNE
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Groundbreaking Virtual Port(TM) Technology Delivers Switch-like performance for Enterprises with Growing Density of iPads, Androids, iPhones and other Smart Mobile Devices

SUNNYVALE, California, February 10, 2011 - Meru Networks, Inc. ( (Nasdaq: MERU), the
leader in virtualized 802.11n enterprise wireless networking, today announced
that it has been awarded a patent for its groundbreaking virtualized wireless
LAN (WLAN) architecture. Patent no. 7,826,426
tworks&RS=meru-networks) covers Meru's Virtual Port(TM) technology
( designed to
address the problem of a Microcell Wi-Fi Meltdown(TM)
( and wireless
network congestion. Meru's newly patented unique technology provides wired
switch-like bandwidth optimization and security for enterprises that
increasingly need to manage environments with growing density of iPads,
iPhones and similar next-generation smartphone mobile devices, such as
Android-based wireless devices.


"Increasing client demands will drive infrastructure density in
essentially all venues over the next few years, a consequence of Wi-Fi's
technological sophistication, its elevation to primary or default access in
many venues, the rapidly-growing deployment of handsets, tablets, and related
devices featuring integrated Wi-Fi capability, and, of course, user
expectations regarding the availability of Wi-Fi service essentially
everywhere," said Craig Mathias, principal, Farpoint Group
"It is therefore clear that client density and overall demand for WLAN
capacity will absolutely continue to increase no matter what. Meru's
virtualization technology is a proven strategy for addressing these density
issues and avoiding the bottlenecks and meltdowns that are otherwise
difficult to avoid."

Over 80 percent of the Fortune 100 companies are introducing iPads
( and
other smart mobile devices into their networks, leading to a potential
tripling of the number of Wi-Fi enabled devices each person carries. To
manage this rapid increase in density and wireless network congestion, Meru's
Virtual Port uniquely provides switch-like port isolation to devices over the
air. Network managers gain fine-grain access control and improved security,
while the infrastructure optimizes the allocation of the wireless bandwidth
to address the problems of Microcell Wi-Fi Meltdowns caused by Wi-Fi spectrum

Meru's Virtual Port architecture is designed to provide a dedicated
virtual network connection for each mobile device, giving users the
performance, reliability and security expected from wired networks. The
network architecture also delivers the mobility benefits of wireless and the
flexibility of virtualization for mobile applications, all while delivering
quality-of-service (QoS) and predictable service levels. Meru's virtualized
WLAN solutions are purpose-built to scale and easily handle the highest user
density environments created by the use of Wi-Fi enabled devices such as
iPads, iPhones, smartphones and laptops accessing voice, video and data
content and applications.

    Key Facts

    - Optimization and management of the Wi-Fi network is crucial to
      successfully managing spectrum congestion. Unlike legacy microcell WLAN
      designs, Meru's Virtual Port technology can operate on a single channel
      for use enterprise-wide, and is designed to maximize network
      performance while accelerating and simplifying deployments. With its
      zero-handoff technology, mobile devices need not switch channels when
      roaming, so users and applications can experience uninterrupted
      connections. Meru's single channel set-up is designed to mitigate
      interference so users can cover larger areas with fewer access points
      and support much higher density of mobile devices.
    - With Meru's architecture, enterprises can layer additional channels
      simultaneously, allowing them to harness the spectrum wasted by
      multiple-channel microcell networks to support even greater density,
      reliability and continuity of their applications.
    - Microcell Wi-Fi Meltdowns are a growing occurrence everyday across
      enterprises. Meru's core technology is designed to support the
      proliferation of wireless devices and applications and more critically,
      avoid such Wi-Fi Meltdowns. Meru's ability help enterprises avoid a Wi-
      Fi Meltdown has been demonstrated with its WLAN 500(TM) demo
      with over 500 wireless devices in a 500 square foot area - streaming
      voice, video and data concurrently and deliver full quality of service
      whether stationary or mobile.

"As it is becoming apparent that a Microcell Wi-Fi Meltdown is not an
isolated incident, people are looking to understand how they can avoid it.
Meru's virtualized WLAN architecture was designed from the beginning to not
suffer from those problems, and this patent underlies the core technology
responsible," said Joe Epstein, senior director, technology, Meru Networks.
"Users of Meru's Virtual Port are able to avoid wireless failures in
high-density environments, because client devices are provided a unique
virtual wireless network with dedicated bandwidth and network control. On the
other hand, legacy microcell users may continue to experience increasing
incidents of Wi-Fi Meltdowns, because every device must share bandwidth, and
as more and more devices are introduced, the more unstable and unreliable the
network becomes. This patent is a marker of the uniqueness and value of our
innovations, letting us put a high quality, innovative and industry
recognized solution in the hands of customers."

About Meru Networks

Founded in 2002, Meru Networks provides a virtualized wireless LAN
solution that cost-effectively optimizes the enterprise network to deliver
the performance, reliability, predictability and operational simplicity of a
wired network, with the advantages of mobility. Meru's solution represents an
innovative approach to wireless networking that utilizes virtualization
technology to create an intelligent and self-monitoring wireless network, and
enables enterprises to migrate their business-critical applications from
wired networks to wireless networks, and become all-wireless enterprises.
Meru's solutions have been adopted in major industry vertical markets,
including Fortune 500 enterprises, healthcare, education, retail,
manufacturing, hospitality and government. Meru is headquartered in
Sunnyvale, Calif., and has operations in the Americas, Europe, the Middle
and Asia Pacific. For more information, visit
or call +1-408-215-5300.

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding Meru
Networks expectations, hopes, plans, intentions or strategies, including, but
not limited to statements regarding Meru's ability to avoid Wi-Fi meltdown,
the rise in client density, increased demand for WLAN capacity and the
inability for microcell users to avoid Wi-Fi meltdowns. These forward-looking
statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that, if
they do not fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause our results to
differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking
statements. The risks and uncertainties include those described in Meru
Networks' documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange
Commission. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on
information available to Meru Networks as of the date hereof, and Meru
Networks assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Meru Networks is a registered trademark of Meru Networks, Inc. All other
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