The service supports automatic radio frequency planning, Quality-of-Service (QoS) features for voice and video, 802.1x security authentication, and the ability to create multiple virtual-LANs on a single physical network. With the products, a company can manage multiple geographically distributed wireless networks from a central location. A Meraki Enterprise Wireless LAN system covering an office of approximately 20,000 sq. ft. starts at about $3,000; a mid-sized system, covering approximately 100,000 sq/ft, starts at $15,000; and a large system, covering as much as 500,000 sq/ft, starts at less than $75,000.
Merakiï¿¼s idea of providing cloud based network services is interesting and logical, given the success that this model has had in other market sectors. The vendor does face a few challenges in promoting its work. Whether or not the company will be able to provide customers with adequate response time is an open question. The fledgling supplier has focused its attention on campus Wi-Fi networks and has success in markets, such as hospitality and education. Time will tell how much of an impact its cloud based model will have, but chances are that other vendors will develop similar services, so it should be an option that small and medium companies will need to consider.