The new release of Meru's network operating system, System Director 5.0, can detect and identify a range of unified communications servers, such as Microsoft's Lync 2010, which combine services such as IP-based voice communications, IM, and audio, video, and Web conferencing. Once detected, the 5.0 release can automatically provision the appropriate quality of service level and guarantee it.
The new controllers, both 1U rack mounts, are the midrange MC3200, which supports up to 200 access points with four 1Gbps Ethernet ports, and the high-end MC4200, which adds a module with two 10Gbps Ethernet ports, to support up to 500 access points. It also adds a redundant power supply.
Smart Connect is part of Identity Manager, and starts at $995 for 50 user licenses. (Another optional program for Identity Manager is Guest Management, which starts at $3,995 for a 50-user license.) The AP433 model access point, with three three-stream 11n radios, costs $1,995. The MC3200 controller starts at $10,995 and the MC4200 at $17,995. All these products are available now.
The spectrum monitoring AP433is access point will ship later this year, priced at $2,495.
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