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Meru Networks Announces General Availability of AP832 802.11ac Access Points

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Meru Networks, a leader in Wi-Fi networking, today announced Wi-Fi Alliance certification and general availability (GA) of the AP832, the Wi-Fi industry's fastest access point. The AP832 features a dual radio 802.11ac design delivering up to three times the performance of 802.11n access points. Unlike most other 802.11ac solutions, the AP832 operates on 802.3af power, eliminating the need for costly Ethernet switch upgrades. Meru customers also report that 802.11n devices run up to 30 percent faster on the AP832 than on 802.11n access points.

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Price?
 
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'a leader in WiFi networking'

This is literally the first time I've heard of this company.
 
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AP832 operates on 802.3af power
interesting, most AC AP's operate on 802.3at(PoE+) which means you either need a compatible 48v power adapter or a new switch that can power it all together.
 
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The company's entry ;level access point is 200 dollars (no dual band). So this is prolly in the upper hundreds or low thousands.

These seem to be comparable to Cisco Meraki's approach as far as central features go, however Meraki does not need a controller and is cloud managed with remote management for the entire organization regardless of location of the APs. Meru has an option to not have a physical LAN controller, however you must still have dedicated hardware for it, as it is contained in a VMWware VM that needs to be run on a system.

It's easier to deploy Meraki's solution. Cisco Meraki also has built in RF management with a dedicated radio. I have an Meraki MR12 if anyone has any questions about it feel free to ask.
 
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Ah well thats a downer that you need to use their proprietary controller, at least the above or ubiquiti's products can operate on their own, i was looking for a decent AC AP that operates on "af" PoE 12-24v

my current setup is like this:
FTTH > Ubiquiti EdgeMAX PoE > UniFi AC, Security Camera, NAS

I did have to use a 48v adapter though.
 
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I think you can still use the Meru without a controller (I would contact them to make sure), however you won't get the centralized control and it's harder to manage a fleet of APs without it.
 
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wow you weren't kidding about the price, this product costs $1300, what a scam!!!!
 
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Thing is though, you have to note thier target, this is not for consumers that simply want wifi access... for consumer brand I recommend Amped Wireless, decent price and awesome hardware.

They released thier APA20 a lilttle bit ago and it can be had for 190USD. It does have a lot of features for a consumer grade AP.

Now for enterprises that need advanced controls like detailed client statistics, captive portals/splash pages, ability to charge for access, enforcing of anti-virus installed on clients, active directory based authentication, intrusion protection, multi-site management, detailed blocking of specific services like bittorrent/social media/etc, presence heatmaps, seemless roaming between APs (maintaining a single SSID for multiple APs), etc that's actually cheaper then a Cisco or Extreme Networks enterprise (Non meraki) AP. This would be within thier price range.

If Amped had these features It would be EPIC AWESOME SAUCE 9001!!!!

My Meraki MR12 is a 400 some dollar AP (not 802.11 ac though just n), however I got mine for free. it does have top notch features like the ones I indicated above, but its greatly overkill for home users and an un-needed expense for a home user.
 
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