Press Release Summary:
Meraki Outdoor repeater and Meraki Solar accessory kit together can cover entire neighborhoods with Wi-Fi access. Meraki Outdoor is indoor/outdoor repeater that supports high gain and directional antennas. It features long range support (400-700 ft, 6-18 miles range with antenna), 2 x 100 Mbit Ethernet ports, and Dual SSID. Solar accessory kit enables consumers to power outdoor Wi-Fi with solar energy and allows repeater to broadcast signal without being connected to any electrical source.
Original Press Release:
Meraki Introduces First Solar Powered Outdoor Wi-Fi Access Kit
New Meraki Solar and Meraki Outdoor Work Together to Cover Entire Neighborhoods with Outdoor Wireless Access
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 4 -- Meraki Networks, pioneer of the first consumer wireless mesh Internet network designed to "unwire the world," today announced the new Meraki Outdoor repeater and the Meraki Solar accessory, that together can cover entire neighborhoods with Wi-Fi access.
Priced at just $99, Meraki Outdoor can send a signal up to 700 feet. Paired with Meraki's existing indoor $49 Mini, the Meraki Outdoor repeater can power access for dozens of households sharing one high speed connection. Meraki Outdoor can be easily installed on a wall or even a pole outside the house. It marks another step forward in Meraki's efforts to change the economics of Wi-Fi access, driving the cost per household of high speed connections to $1 to $2 a month.
Adding the Meraki Solar accessory kit will allow the repeater to broadcast a signal without being connected to any electrical source, making it an ideal solution for any community, even emerging markets where electricity is scant or unreliable. Once connected, Meraki Solar's power usage can be distributed throughout the day and managed by the Meraki Dashboard service ensuring the repeater is powered during peak usage times. The Meraki Dashboard is a web-hosted management tool designed to make monitoring, configuring, and monetizing a Meraki Network easy and is included with all Meraki products for no additional charge. The solar kit includes a solar panel, battery pack and an outdoor Ethernet cable.
"To change the economics of Wi-Fi access across the globe, there's got to be a simple, efficient and inexpensive method for sending the signal long distances outdoors," said Sanjit Biswas, CEO and a co-founder of Meraki. "The Meraki Solar and Meraki Outdoor will play an important role in our efforts to bring the next billion people online in the coming years."
Formally launched just months ago, Meraki is already enabling Internet access around the globe. Today, more than 1,000 Meraki networks are up and running in more than 35 countries, providing access to about 40,000 homes. Networks exist in a variety of economic and geographical landscapes -- from urban networks in San Francisco, Portland and Caracas to rural networks in Alaska, Ecuador, and Brazil.
Some of the technical specifics of the Meraki Outdoor and Meraki Solar kit:
o The Meraki Outdoor is an indoor/outdoor repeater that supports high
gain and directional antennas and works with other Meraki repeaters to
create robust networks. Features include:
o Unique industrial design (weatherproof plastics, easy to mount)
o Dual SSID supports public and private networks on the same
o Long-range support (400-700 ft; 6-18 miles with antenna)
o 2 x 100Mbit Ethernet ports
o Low-cost: $99
o The Meraki Solar accessory kit enables consumers to power their outdoor
Wi-Fi with solar energy and is ideal for rural or urban settings.
o First solar repeater for the consumer market
o Regulates its own energy usage, providing up to 3x energy efficiency
o Pricing will be set this summer but the Meraki Solar will clearly be
the most affordable option on the market
Both Meraki Solar and the Meraki Outdoor are expected to ship later this summer.
Meraki's mesh networking enables anyone to easily and affordably install wire less networks in their home, apartment building, or across a city. The mesh topology enables multiple people to share one Internet connection, significantly changing the cost of Internet access. The Meraki system includes inexpensive hardware, network management tools, and online billing services.
Visit www.meraki.net/ for more information.
About Meraki Networks
Meraki Networks is the pioneer of the first consumer wireless mesh Internet network designed to "unwire the world" and bring Internet access to all. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. Meraki produces, hardware, software and backend management products to create wireless networks that change the economics of connecting.
Source: Meraki Networks