Wireless LAN Virtualization

Server and storage virtualization work by abstracting logical resources away from the physical infrastructure so that they can be easily customized to user needs, application requirements and business goals. Meru applies the same techniques to the wireless LAN, which offers the same increase in power and versatility.


Like server and storage virtualization, Meru pools physical resources together and then partitions them in new ways tailored to match users or applications. Where legacy networks cover large areas using a patchwork of microcells, Meru offers a seamless Virtual Cell that extends enterprise-wide. Where others depend on hub-like contention for access, Meru partitions the Virtual Cell into Virtual Ports, each dedicated to an individual user or application.

Wireless LAN Virtualization makes the edge network a utility. Users gain on-demand connectivity. IT gets simpler management, increased security and greater scalability. The organization as a whole achieves greater agility at a lower cost.

  • Virtual Cell

    Because the Virtual Cell pools radio resources into a seamless layer of coverage, Meru avoids the artificial boundaries that other wireless LAN systems impose. All access points use the same radio channels and appear as one, letting client devices move freely throughout a network without disruptive handoffs.

  • Virtual Port

    By partitioning the network into Virtual Ports, each client gets its own private link to the network. The Virtual Port is the wireless LAN equivalent to switched Ethernet in every way except that users are no longer tied down by wires and network administrators are freed from the constraints of cabling.