Within the next two weeks, Morrisville State College will start initial testing of thin access points from Meru Networks, plus the vendor's existing 802.11abg devices and early models of its recently announced 11n device, the AP300. Even at this stage, the net is posing intriguing new challenges for Morrisville, Meru and IBM Global Technology Services, the systems integrator for the project.
By the end of September, the college plans to have installed a campuswide net of some 900 11n access points. The net will also include Meru's recently announced high-end companion controller, the MC5000. Jean Boland, Morrisville's vice president of information services, says she expects conservatively that each AP will offer 130Mbit/sec. of throughput, shared by whatever number of clients associate to it. That compares with 20-25Mbit/sec. for 11a nets, also in the 5-GHz band, and 11g nets in the 2.4-GHz band."