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Published on January 8th, 2014 | by Alexis Argent

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Aruba Networks 802.11ac Wireless Infrastructure Expands Campus Coverage At Ryerson University

Aruba Networks have announced that its 802.11ac solution has been deployed in the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, a  leader in innovative, career-focused education.

The Progressive University, which maintains a campus in the heart of downtown Toronto, will also upgrade many of its existing Aruba Wi-Fi solution access points to the Aruba AP-220 Series APs and plans to use Aruba’s 802.11ac solution including the patented ClientMatchTM technology, for all new installations. Ryerson is already seeing significant increases in performance in the initial deployment for both 802.11ac, as well as older, 802.11n devices and anticipates speeds of up to 800 Mbps when the network is complete.

Our campus is surrounded by high-rise buildings and as a result, we’re frequently plagued by signals and rogues from all over campus and the surrounding area” said Mourad Michael, Assistant Director of Communications Infrastructure for Ryerson. “Secure and reliable coverage is critical in this kind of environment. Ryerson is witnessing an explosion of mobile devices on campus and, in keeping with its reputation for technological innovation, the University wants to ensure that its 30,000+ students and 2,700 staff and faculty can all connect to important applications and resources anytime and from anywhere on campus.  Our campus is very large with two brand new buildings and one more – a new student learning center – under construction. Connecting across the entire campus is paramount for the University and the neighbouring community that interacts with us.”

As an already satisfied Aruba Networks customer, Michael said it was an easy decision to turn to Aruba for Ryerson’s network upgrade and expansion. With an ultimate goal of moving to a complete 802.11ac infrastructure in the future, Ryerson has already deployed 250+ of the 1,000 Aruba AP-225 802.11ac access points it plans to install throughout its three-story business school, and to replace some of its older model Aruba APs across campus. Ryerson is also using a mix of Aruba AP-135 and AP-105 access points, Aruba Mobility Controllers and the AirWave Network Management System. Aruba Remote Access Points (RAPs) are offered as a standard service for University departments that need to establish virtual, remote offices, as well.

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