Royal Caribbean Cruises picks Meru for at-sea connections

Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) said that Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has chosen Meru 802.11ac as its standard for wireless LAN connectivity on all new onboard deployments.

The largest global cruise brand has been using Meru 802.11n onboard its ships since 2011, enabling its guests to stay in touch with friends, family and work even when cruising the seas.

The highly reliable, pervasive Wi-Fi networks from Meru let Royal Caribbean guests and crew stay connected while providing the cruise line with an important source of revenue growth.

Royal Caribbean makes Wi-Fi available in the common areas, restaurants and theaters, in addition to the guest staterooms. Guest migration to 802.11ac clients will occur over time but those using 802.11n devices already see clear benefits, including faster data rates, when using the new 802.11ac networks. In its 802.11ac pilot on Navigator of the Seas, Royal Caribbean is seeing 20 percent higher throughput with 802.11n wireless clients.

Meru Networks is a market leader in the development of mobile access and virtualized Wi-Fi solutions. Its website is at www.merunetworks.com.

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