California High School Awarded $65,000 Overhaul of its Wi-Fi network, Bringing State of the Art Wireless Technology to Students and Faculty

Exeter, Rhode Island, October 12, 2011NWN Carousel, a leader in data networking and converged communications, and Meru Networks, a pioneer in 802.11n wireless LAN, announced today that El Molino High School of Forestville, California has won a completely new wireless network infrastructure, compliments of Meru and NWN Carousel. The prize was awarded as part of Meru’s “Summer of Wireless Makeover” program.

The makeover contest, which attracted 535 entries from across the United States, will provide El Molino High School with $65,000 worth of wireless technology equipment and services. This includes $45,000 worth of infrastructure, courtesy of Meru, and $20,000 worth of deployment and integration services, courtesy of NWN Carousel.

“El Molino High School’s entire faculty and staff will benefit from the extended features and capabilities of a Meru wireless infrastructure, and starting in the new year, they will have access to a faster and more reliable system than ever before,” commented Bryan Gilbert, director of sales, NWN Carousel. “We are pleased to have taken part in Meru’s ‘Summer of Wireless Makeover’ program, and are glad that one of our customers was chosen out of over 500 entries.”

Carousel and Meru plan to deploy the wireless network — which includes access points, controllers and management software — during the winter break of 2011 so students, faculty and guests will have access to the advanced technologies during the new year, and without disruption to the fall semester. The new wireless infrastructure will enable students and faculty to quickly access the network from anywhere on the campus and through a range of technologies, including handheld mobile devices.

The ‘Summer of Wireless Makeover’ contest offered schools the possibility to win a next-generation wireless network from Meru, including the installation services required to get it off the ground. The comprehensive package includes:

  • AP320i dual radio 802.11n access points providing 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands to support dense environments, covering up to 75,000 sq ft.
  • MC 1500 controller with 15 Access Point license running on Meru’s System Director with Air Traffic Control.
  • SA200 with Meru’s EzRF Network Manager with 50 Access Point license.
  • EzRF Visualize with 50 Access Point license.
  • Meru Training, 2.5 day instructor-led online course for one person to get up to speed on network monitoring, configuration, installation and troubleshooting
  • MeruAssure Support for one year with 7x24x365 TAC support, software upgrades, patches, and advanced replacements.
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About Meru Networks

Founded in 2002, Meru Networks provides a virtualized wireless LAN architecture that cost-effectively delivers the performance, reliability, predictability and operational simplicity of a wired network, with the advantages of mobility. Meru’s solution represents an innovative, yet standards-based approach to wireless networking that utilizes virtualization technology to create an intelligent and self-monitoring wireless network, enabling enterprises to migrate their business-critical applications from wired networks to wireless networks, to become all-wireless enterprises. Meru’s solutions have been adopted in all major industry vertical markets, including Fortune 500 enterprises, healthcare, education, retail, manufacturing, hospitality and government. Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has operations in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. For more information, visit Meru Investor Information or call (408) 215-5300

About Carousel

NWN Carousel designs, delivers and supports technology solutions that become the foundation of our clients’ businesses. This includes unified communications, virtualization, Voice over IP (VoIP), video conferencing and collaboration and data infrastructure solutions. Since Carousel was founded in 1992 we’ve grown an average of 30% – 50% per year with estimated 2011 revenues of approximately $300 million. Today we have over 5,000 customers, including 35 of the Fortune 100. Carousel has been recognized by both VAR and CRN Magazines as one of the top technology integrators in the US and we’ve been listed in the Inc. 500 seven times.

Carousel is headquartered in Exeter, RI with over 1,000 employees working from offices in 23 locations across the US, including over 250 service technicians deployed across the country.


Jeff Touzeau
Public Relations
Hummingbird Media, Inc.
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