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2/23/2011
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Meraki Enhances Wireless Line

Meraki has carved out a growing niche by offering businesses cloud based wireless network services. To maintain its momentum, the vendor added three items to its product line.

Meraki has carved out a growing niche by offering businesses cloud based wireless network services. To maintain its momentum, the vendor added three items to its product line.The enhancements offer customers greater capacity, increased security, and more flexibility. The company's MR24 wireless access point, which costs $1,199, delivers 240M bps of bandwidth at distances up to 150 feet. The capacity stems from the ability of the device's two radios to each support up to three data streams, one more than typical Wi-Fi connections.

In addition, the vendor unveiled the Meraki NAC, which prevents clients without antivirus protection from accessing corporate networks. This feature, which is available at no cost, is built into the company's wireless LAN service.

Last, the Meraki Teleworker VPN establishes a secure tunnel back from an employee's home to the company network. This solution, which is also available at no charge, enforces 802.1x, traffic shaping, and NAC security policies.

Meraki has done well recently. The company announced that revenue for the quarter that ended on December 31, 2010 was three times higher than it was in Dec. 2009. In addition, the firm, which has more than 17,000 customers, secured $15 million in venture funding. These new enhancements are designed to help the vendor maintain its market momentum; time will tell if that is the case.

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