6. Meru Networks
Accounting for 2.7 percent of the AP units sold in 2013, Meru Networks nabbed the No. 6 spot on NPD's list.
Meru last year refreshed its AP portfolio with the launch of its AP832, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company's first AP to support the next-generation 802.11ac -- or 5G -- wireless standard. The device, like all 802.11ac gear, is meant to help organizations better accommodate the growing number of mobile devices and bandwidth-hungry applications being deployed on their networks. The AP832 also has a unique, single-channel architecture that Meru says makes it higher-performing and less prone to interference than competing, multichannel APs.