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Meraki Introduces First Solar Powered Outdoor Wi-Fi Access Kit

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.

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