Published on January 10th, 2013 | by Alexis Argent0
Xirrus Powers Regis University Students with High-Performance Wireless
Powerful Xirrus Arrays Support Student Life with Wired-Like Performance
Xirrus, the leader in high-performance wireless networks, today announced the deployment of its Wireless Arrays at Regis University, a private, co-educational Jesuit university in Denver. The Arrays deliver high-performance Wi-Fi across all residence halls and student townhouses, several classrooms, and the four-story library, supporting a daily average of 2,500 smartphones, laptops and other mobile devices owned by more than 800 students, as well as Regis faculty and staff.
According to Erich Delcamp, chief director of IT infrastructure and operations for Regis University, the bring-your-own-device craze continues to escalate year over year with a ratio of two to three wireless devices per student. Delcamp needed a scalable and reliable wireless network that could handle the high-density demands of as many as 100 students seeking mobile access in very small areas.
Our previous traditional access-point based network didn’t have enough channels to support the demands of our Wi-Fi hungry students, and the APs would often shut down,” said Delcamp. “While we are in the education business, we have to behave like a hotel and an ISP, and provide our customers – in this case, our students – with the best experience possible. We deployed Xirrus to support our students with wireless coverage they can count on. Xirrus understands our device density challenge; and with its easily administered and low-management Arrays, we’re able to track density, control traffic capacity, and scale on demand to meet all of our students’ needs.”
Regis currently has 36 Xirrus Arrays deployed in its multi-story resident halls and townhouses. The most densely populated area of the college is the Regis University Library which has eight Xirrus Arrays, providing always-on wireless connectivity for hundreds of students often hitting the network simultaneously in small pockets of the library.
The use of wireless technologies and devices to support online learning and collaboration in educational environments is now pervasive. With Students and faculty members showing up with three or more devices and demanding access to high bandwidth applications such as video streaming, Learning Management systems and file sharing, performance of the wireless network is critical,” said Bruce Miller, vice president of product marketing for Xirrus. “The Xirrus solution was designed, from the start, to deal with this level of performance and provide the ability to prioritize critical application traffic over recreational applications. Whatever comes next, Xirrus is designed to be seamlessly upgradable and future proof.”
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