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What does E-Rate’s return mean for Wi-Fi access in schools?

It seems hard to imagine that a month ago, K-12 educators were questioning whether they would be able to support the Wi-Fi needs in their facilities with the fate of E-Rate remaining uncertain. Earlier this month, the FCC overhauled their E-Rate initiative and announced a plan to help bring Wi-Fi to students across the nation. This effort is a significant step forward to providing intelligent Wi-Fi for Uninterrupted Learning, but how effective will E-Rate be in driving Internet access for schools that need it most?…

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SDN could drive iPhone-like change

Software-defined networking has a lot of hype to live up to. Many experts are expecting the trend to take off within the next few years, as computing processes become more complicated. SDN will be able to provide a more standardized way of controlling multiple systems from one platform, which will be essential to future operations as management continues to become more complex.…

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Meru Scores A+ on Density Test at ISTE

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School is out, and summer is here.  But for school and district technology decision makers, it’s time to roll up those sleeves and plan for the fall.   So off to Atlanta they went – in droves – to attend ISTE 2014 at the Georgia World Congress Center (a Meru customer!)  Record attendance (16,000+) this year created bustling exhibit floors, congested corridors and packed meeting rooms from June 28th – July 1st

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Are We Running Out of Wi-Fi Spectrum?

The mobility tornado that started with the introduction of the iPhone and then the iPad is set to enter the next phase with the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT). In fact, IDC predicts that there will be an IoT installed base of 212 billion “things” by 2020. The increasing number of mobile devices and the increasing use of video and online collaboration are causing many enterprises to see their Wi-Fi traffic double year over year.…

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Expanding Horizons in China

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A country that possesses the world’s largest smartphone and PC market, China continues to be a vital region for any vendor seeking growth.  I recently had an opportunity to visit China to articulate Meru’s story of a differentiated WiFi experience to our friends, partners and customers. We started in Zhengzhou city, the state capital of Henan province with a population of over 8 million people, where we visited one of our strongest customers Shengda University that has deployed thousands of Meru APs.…

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Will Apple’s HomeKit and the Internet of Things (IoT) impact the enterprise?

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Apple announced HomeKit, a new framework to make your house smarter by integrating it with the iPhone and iPad, as part of the upcoming iOS 8 upgrade announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2. This initiative could not have come at a better time given the increasing complexity of home automation and the “smart home” that span applications, devices, wireless standards, and a multitude of communication protocols.…

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