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Enhanced Voice and Video

Meraki has recently released support for the Wireless Multi Media (WMM) and 802.11e Quality of Service (QoS) standards. These standards improve the performance of certain bandwidth intensive and latency sensitive applications over wireless networks.

WMM provides four different traffic classes: voice, video, best effort, and background. Devices that support WMM and request a higher level of service, such as WiFi handsets, will receive higher priority on Meraki networks, improving their performance.

Meraki also supports WMM power save mode. Many mobile devices that support WiFi are prone to excessive battery drain. WMM power save improves on the standard 802.11 power save poll mode by allowing devices to “sleep” differently when they receive critical vs. non-critical packets. Devices that support WMM power save should experience extended battery life when using a Meraki network.

For the more technically inclined, Meraki supports the EDCA and TXOP protocols. U-APSD is supported on most platforms as well.

– Posted by Xiao Yu