Communitech deploys Meru wireless network

Meru Networks, Inc., a provider of virtualized wireless LAN solutions, has announced that Communitech has deployed a Meru wireless network at the Communitech Hub.

The Hub is a 44,000 square-foot facility housing 75 companies and 3 post-secondary educational institutions as well as more than 30 functional peer groups involving the 1,000 tech companies in Waterloo Region.

The Meru network serves as the foundation for all Hub tenants' communications. Meru's single-channel, virtual cell architecture ensures lack of interference with neighbors, including Google, that share the space. In addition to the 75 residents, Communitech regularly hosts more than 30 peer-group meetings involving the more than 1,000 companies in the region. Group participants frequently have more than one mobile device each, so device densities can get quite high at peak use, the company said.

"What we do here involves a lot of people coming in and out of our doors all the time bringing in their own mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets, and laptops," said says Brad Buckborough, Communitech network administrator. "A wired network is not going to work in this situation, and many wireless vendors are unable to meet our needs, due to the stone and steel architecture and historical status of the building. The Meru network was the right choice for us, and Meru's E(z)RF management makes it very easy and cost effective to maintain."