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California University Selects Xirrus for WiFi, Eyes VoIP

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August 07, 2008

California University Selects Xirrus for WiFi, Eyes VoIP

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Chapman University in Orange County, California announced today that it’s selected Xirrus WiFi (News - Alert) Arrays for campus-wide WiFi implementation, Xirrus, Inc said.

The WiFi Arrays will be deployed first at the Marion Knott Studios and then rolled out across the entire campus, starting with the Davis Apartments and the Lastinger Athletics Complex.
“We looked at several WiFi vendors, searching for a solution that could provide a pervasive and reliable connection for our more than 6,000 students in lecture halls, across open spaces, and in their living quarters – also one that could grow with us as we deployed VoIP phones and upgraded to 802.11n,” said Dave Young, director of IT at Chapman University. “We tested and were amazed at the capabilities of the Xirrus WiFi Array provided the coverage, user density, and bandwidth we needed along with a simplified central management system and was completely upgradable to 802.11n – traditional access points couldn’t come close.”
Chapman University, founded in 1861, claims to be one of the oldest private universities in California. Chapman’s campus is located in the heart of Orange County and draws students from across the United States and around the world.
Known for its blend of liberal arts and professional programs, Chapman University encompasses seven schools and colleges: the Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics, the Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, the College of Science, the College of Performing Arts, the School of Law and the College of Educational Studies.
“Chapman University has begun to install the WiFi Arrays in their film school and will quickly implement the new WiFi network across the entire campus this summer, including their student housing comprised of five separate three story buildings, Beckman Hall where dense coverage is needed for lecture halls, and other student and administration buildings campus-wide,” said Charles Bettinelli, Regional Sales Manager at Xirrus.
“It will be refreshing to have a robust and highly intelligent WiFi network that we can depend on and that does not require more wire than our wired network,” Young said. “These wireless switches from Xirrus can indeed replace our workgroup switches, freeing our students and faculty from desks and improving communications for everyone.”
Xirrus, a major player in high performance WiFi, designs and manufactures the patented WiFi Array. The Xirrus WiFi Array obsoletes traditional WiFi offerings by integrating 4, 8, or 16 radios and high-gain directional antennas into a single device along with an onboard Gigabit Switch, WiFi Controller, Firewall, dedicated WiFi Threat Sensor, and embedded Spectrum (News - Alert) Analyzer, providing the performance and security to replace Ethernet workgroup switches with WiFi technology.
The Xirrus WiFi Array delivers more range, more coverage, more bandwidth, more throughput, and more intelligence per cable drop than anything else available today. According to the company, that results in a solution that uses 75 percent fewer devices, cabling, switch ports, and installation time compared with any other offering.
Xirrus WiFi Arrays are ideal for any organization moving toward WiFi as their primary network connection, especially those that must cover large areas, support large user populations, and/or use high bandwidth/throughput applications.
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Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil's articles, please visit his columnist page.

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