First Microsoft Lync Qualification for 802.11ac Wi-Fi Released by Meru Networks

Posted on August 26, 2014

by Lync Voice (Matt Paulson, TMCnet Contributing Writer)

(August 25, 2014) Microsoft (News - Alert) keeps stringent guidelines for voice and video quality over Microsoft Lync's unified communication platform. These guidelines are to ensure quality in the product, as Microsoft does not want customers to experience choppiness, but are so strict that 802.11ac Wi-Fi solutions haven't received support. However Meru Networks, an intelligent Wi-Fi networking vendor, may have solved this issue with its announcement that it completed Microsoft Lync's 802.11ac qualification tests. This should allow support for the popular Wi-Fi format, leading to an incredibly high level of unified communication performance.

“With Wi-Fi becoming the primary means of network access and unified communications capabilities being available on so many devices, ensuring high performance of Lync over wireless networks is more important than ever,” said Microsof'ys director of Lync product manajement BJ Haberkorn. “The 802.11ac Wi-Fi solutions from Meru are qualified with Lync and show outstanding performance, even in the highest-density environments.”

End-users of Microsoft Lync over Meru Wi-Fi reported consistently high-quality experiences supported by a simple click-to-call interface. This helps to eliminate some of the frustrations with using unified communications over land-based networks, as Meru networks help eliminate the boundaries made by physical access points. The result is the seamless appearance of a single layer of coverage.

The consolidation of dozens or even hundreds of access points into what is functionally one network is huge for business owners, as it allows employees to have access to Microsoft Lync even while in motion. This adds additional support to devices like tablets, smartphones and many other mobile devices.

Meru provides intelligent Wi-Fi solutions to the education, healthcare, hospitality and enterprise industries which all benefit from having instant unified communications through Microsoft Lync. Soon, hospitals and schools around the nation will have access to these systems over much more convenient 802.11ac Wi-Fi networks.