Meru Networks has announced the extension of its virtualised WLAN portfolio with new 802.11n access points.

According to the company, the AP1000i leverages Meru's single-channel, Virtual Port and Virtual Cell technologies to offer simple deployment, ease of management, reliability and cost savings for the distributed enterprise.

Ram Appalaraju, senior vice president of marketing at Meru Networks, told SC Magazine that five years ago, no one expected the mobile device to be wireless enabled and now wireless is a fundamental thing to meet the mobile benefits. It is a blanket area with one continuous layer.

Talking about the AP1000i, Appalaraju said that what businesses need now is a system that is pervasive yet affordable to market needs. He said: “Enterprises are seeking ways to extend their reach to get close to their customers and transforming their infrastructure to accommodate the new reality of globally distributed workforce and locations.

“They are demanding simple, reliable, seamless and efficient WLAN solutions to integrate remote offices into their corporate networks. With the AP1000i, our proven innovations are now available starting at new entry-level price points to enable no compromise secure, scalable and reliable WLAN solutions for the extended enterprises.”

According to Meru, the AP1000i is designed for enterprises demanding mission-critical connectivity and mobility without the high cost and complexity of microcell products and enhanced by the optional Service Assurance Manager software, IT managers have predictive WLAN availability and complete visibility to branch and remote offices.