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Miercom Reports Xirrus Dual 802.11ac Wi-Fi Access Points Outpace Competitors

Independent Test Identifies Xirrus XR-600 APs Advantage in Performance and Price/Performance Among Leading WLAN Providers

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 08/14/14 -- Xirrus, the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks, today announced that in tests conducted by Miercom, Xirrus 2-radio 802.11ac APs out-performed similar competitor products by up to 3 times in multiple product comparisons. Miercom is an independent product test center and consultancy for the networking industry. The tests compared Xirrus 802.11ac APs to models from four competitors: Cisco, Meraki (Cisco), Aerohive and Aruba.

"As new mobile devices come to market that support 802.11ac, including the upcoming iPhone 6, organisations providing wireless access must plan for the increasing demand from more devices and faster speeds," said Robert Smithers, CEO at Miercom. "Our testing found that the flexibility of Xirrus' dual-11ac radio APs offers superior performance compared to products from leading WLAN vendors, all of which provide only single 11ac radio solutions."

A series of tests were conducted to determine the maximum performance of the APs in a variety of configurations with 16 802.11ac clients. The clients were first tested all operating on one 802.11ac radio, then distributed equally across both radios on the AP. In the latter two radio test, one radio was operating in 802.11ac in the 5GHz band and the second radio in 802.11n in the 2.4GHz band. In the case of Xirrus APs, an additional test was run with both radios operating in 802.11ac. Only the Xirrus APs supported this latter test case with the ability to software switch both radios to 802.11ac.

Key findings of the report included:

1. Only Xirrus APs supported the ability to software switch both AP radios for 802.11ac (5GHz) operation among the products tested
2. Xirrus APs attained the highest performance of any test conducted at 467Mbps throughput, nearly triple that of the next highest competitor
3. Price/performance of Xirrus APs -- combining maximum performance with pricing -- was more than 70% better than the competitive solutions

"The benefits of operating a 100% 802.11ac network should not be undervalued," said Shane Buckley, CEO at Xirrus. "While most wireless networks today may support a reasonable mix of 5GHz and 2.4GHz clients, the move to 802.11ac -- which only runs in 5GHz -- is clear given the benefits it brings in faster speeds, lower power consumption, and greater and cleaner spectrum. These results show what 11ac can achieve -- whether now or in several years when clients shift, well within the lifespan of your wireless investment."

To access the full report, including details on the test setup and parameters, please visit www.xirrus.com

About Xirrus, Inc.
Xirrus is the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks. Xirrus solutions perform under the most demanding circumstances, offering consistent "wired-like" performance with superior coverage and security. The Xirrus suite of Wi-Fi optimised solutions -- Arrays, access points, cloud services, and wired switches -- provide seamless connectivity and unified management across the network. Xirrus provides a vital strategic business and IT infrastructure advantage to industries that depend on wireless to operate business-critical applications. With tens of thousands of customer solutions deployed globally, Xirrus maintains operations and partnerships across the globe. Xirrus is a privately held company and is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA. For more information please visit: www.xirrus.com and follow us on Twitter:@Xirrus.

Xirrus and XR Series are trademarks or registered trademarks of Xirrus. Other trade names used in this document are or may be the property of their respective owners.

About Miercom
Miercom is a global leader in independent product testing, and has hundreds of comprehensive testing and product comparison analyses published over the years. Miercom certifications are used by the networking industry and global businesses as an accurate, unbiased source of product assessments. To access the results of the latest Miercom tests, please visit www.miercom.com

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