Monthly Archives: January 2009

EHTEC 2009

Xirrus will be at the 3rd annual European Hospitality Technology Education Conference held in Amsterdam on Feb 2- Feb 4. EHTEC provides a compelling education program and excellent networking for the hospitality professional. Learn. Connect. Succeed with HFTP in Amsterdam.

Venue will be at Amsterdam Hilton.

For more info on upcoming Xirrus events, please proceed here.

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Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital Deploys Xirrus for Hosptial-wide Wi-Fi Coverage

Xirrus, Inc., the only Wi-Fi “Power-Play” that can replace Ethernet workgroup switches with Wi-Fi as the primary network connection, announced today the deployment of their Wi-Fi Arrays at the Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital (TCLMH) located in WaKeeney, Kansas.

TCLMH is a community hospital serving five counties across Kansas and includes an Emergency Room, a 25-bed Critical Access Health Care facility, a 37-bed Long Term Care unit, a 6-bed Assisted Living complex, the WaKeeney and Ellis Family Care Centers, and a cafeteria for servicing patients, staff, and Home Delivered Meals.

To better service their patients and become more productive, the hospital desired to implement Electronic Medical Records (EMR) in which doctors would utilize wireless tablet computers from the clinic to the Long Term Care unit. In order to deploy the EMR solution, seamless Wi-Fi connectivity would be needed across the 100,000 square foot hospital which meant that the Wi-Fi solution needed to be strong enough to penetrate the interior block walls to reach each patient room and be secure enough to guard against attack to the network.

“We are extremely impressed with Xirrus. The all around performance is so good with the Xirrus solution; we are able to offer “hotel” type internet access for our patients,” said Joleen Schuster, manager of information technology and services of TCLMH. “No other Wi-Fi system could deliver the coverage and user density with so few devices. This was critical since TCLMH utilizes the Great Plains Health Alliance for IT assistance, so since there is no onsite staff, the network needed to be easy to install, simple to configure, and most importantly have uncomplicated day-to-day management”

“Trego County Hospital now has a secure, enterprise grade Wi-Fi solution to satisfy their emergent Wi-Fi plans,” said Jon Freeman, western area vice president for sales of Xirrus. “The state-of-the-art Xirrus Wi-Fi network has the performance and capacity to support a wide range of medical applications, both now and in the future.”

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Xirrus, Official Wi-Fi Provider for Interop 2009 Las Vegas

Xirrus is to be the official Wi-Fi provider for the Interop show in Las Vegas this year. Xirrus was also the Wi-Fi provider for the show the years before, so this year is nothing different. Maybe for the exception of the 802.11n products! Hope this show goes well for them!

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Network World Buyer’s Guide

Network World’s Buyers Guide has selected Xirrus products by default. You can locate it at Medium/enterprise.

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Xirrus Secures KCSOS / PEPPM ‘Awarded Vendor’ Status

Xirrus’ Wi-Fi Arrays are Listed in the 2009 KCSOS / PEPPM Multi-State Purchasing Program


Xirrus, Inc., the Wi-Fi “Power-Play” that delivers the most coverage, bandwidth, and throughput in the industry was recently awarded for their Wi-Fi Array product line on both the Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS) in California and the Pennsylvania Education Purchasing Program (PEPPM) for the 2009 multi-state contract. This contract, widely recognized in Pennsylvania, California, and a growing number of other states, helps school districts, libraries, county governments, and local purchase technology solutions at competitive pricing through a widely respected bidding program.

“Agencies that place orders through KCSOS / PEPPM will purchase products at the lowest available price, eliminate the bid process, and expediting procurement through the streamlined and time-saving process compared to soliciting three bids for every purchase,” said Paul Kersse, Area Vice President for Xirrus. “They will benefit from the thorough investigation and selection process performed by KCSOS / PEPPM before designating “awarded vendors” for each product category.”

Prices and ordering instructions can be found at,,, and

Xirrus is also a participant in the Universal Service Administrative Company’s E-Rate program, which provides discounts to schools and libraries for telecommunications services, Internet access, and internal connections. The Xirrus SPIN number for E-rate is 143030824. More information can be found at

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Australian School Increases Wi-Fi Speeds with 802.11n

Galen Catholic College Increases Wi-Fi Performance with Xirrus® 802.11n Wi-Fi Arrays™


Xirrus, Inc., the Wi-Fi “Power-Play” that delivers the most wireless coverage, bandwidth, and throughput in the industry announced today the deployment of their 802.11abg+n Wi-Fi Arrays at Galen Catholic College located in Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia. Galen Catholic College selected 802.11n Xirrus Wi-Fi Arrays to support their high performance applications and high-density classrooms campus-wide.

Comprised of 17 buildings with over 63,000 square feet (19,428 square meters) of educational space, Galen Catholic College services nearly 900 students from Wangaratta and other local districts in Australia.

“At Galen College, we work hard to provide our students and teachers with the latest technology for enhanced collaboration, document-management, and Internet access,” said Dave Seiter, Principal at Galen Catholic College. “We chose to deploy Xirrus 802.11abg Wi-Fi Arrays last year because it was the only Wi-Fi solution capable of handling our 1:1 computer initiative and that would allow us to easily to upgrade 802.11n when we were ready—we made the right decision!”

“Recently, we upgraded our 802.11abg Wi-Fi Arrays to 802.11n—the process was quick and easy,” added Dave. “Xirrus made it possible to replace all our desktop computers—we now have hundreds of Wi-Fi-enabled HP® and Apple® computing devices wirelessly running applications like ClickView® and Microsoft® Sharepoint® across our campus. Everyone at Galen is extremely impressed with the pervasive coverage and wired-like speeds experience from the Xirrus products—equated to higher productivity and education time for all.”

“By going with Xirrus’ 802.11abg solution last year, Galen was able to effortlessly upgrade to 802.11n, further increasing the connection speeds for their students and teachers,” said James Shields, Regional Manager for Xirrus. “Student productivity drastically increased as a result of the Xirrus deployment, not to mention the hundreds of thousands saved by repurposing two computer rooms for general instructional use.”

About Galen Catholic College
Galen Catholic College is a year 7 to 12 co-educational Catholic secondary college located three hours north of Melbourne, Australia with a history dating back to 1898 from the Brigidine & Marist religious orders. The school draws 886 students from Wangaratta and surrounding districts. For more information, please visit

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Russian University Increases E-Learning with Xirrus Wi-Fi

Tambov State University Deploys Xirrus® Wi-Fi Arrays™ Across 10 Auditoriums and Dormitories


Xirrus, Inc., the Wi-Fi “Power-Play” that delivers the most coverage, bandwidth, and throughput in the industry, announces the deployment of their 802.11abg Wi-Fi Arrays at Tambov State University (TSU) located in the Central Chernozyom Region of Russia. TSU installed the Xirrus Wi-Fi Arrays to deliver high performance, high capacity wireless connectivity to their students and professors for accessing internal file servers for e-learning and Internet access.

TSU is the second largest university in the Central Chernozyom Region of Russia with over 10,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students spread across 30 research centers and laboratories.

“With thousands of users spread across our campus and many hundreds congregating in large auditoriums, we needed a better way at connecting students to our internal servers—traditional access points failed to deliver the needed bandwidth and throughput,” said Sergey Yuchachev, Head of Technology faculty at TSU. “Xirrus’ Wi-Fi Arrays are drastically different from traditional access points, which are chained to distant closet controllers. The Wi-Fi Arrays put the power and intelligence at the edge of the network where it belongs.”

“We now have high performance Wi-Fi connectivity across 10 auditoriums along with our 5- and 9-floor student dormitories,” added Dmitry Mesherakov, Head of IT Department at TSU. “Anyone needing to support more than a handful of users must evaluate the Wi-Fi Array by Xirrus as they are drastically superior than traditional access points—more bandwidth, more capacity, and more coverage with fewer devices, switch ports, and cables.”

“TSU, like many leading-universities, have realized that traditional Wi-Fi vendors did not plan for the success of Wi-Fi—traditional access points may be able to handle a handful of users, but they fall apart when dozens of users try to connect at the same time,” said Vladimir Urayev, Regional Director at Xirrus. “Delivering wired performance wirelessly is both possible and simple with our Wi-Fi Arrays. Try it for yourself.”

To go directly to the press release, please proceed here.

For more information on Xirrus, please proceed here.

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Xirrus Wi-Fi Tools

There are several tools that exist to help IT administrators with their networks. We have assembled several cool Wi-Fi tools we found to be of great value in planning, deploying, and managing Wi-Fi networks. Check them out:

Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor Gadgets, Widgets, and Desklets

Xirrus has created a collection of easy-to-use tools to help you more effectively use and manage your Wi-Fi networks. The Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor allows you to monitor your surrounding Wi-Fi environment and status of your Wi-Fi connection in real time – all directly from your desktop.

The Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor is useful for both IT managers and end users, and is available as a Gadget for Windows Vista, a Yahoo! Widget for Windows XP and MacOS, and a Desklet for Linux. A radar-like display graphically displays available Wi-Fi networks and their range. Detailed information is available about surrounding Wi-Fi networks. A Glossary section helps you make sense of all the Wi-Fi terms. Nine different color skins are available to customize the Wi-Fi Monitor’s look for your desktop.

Applications for the Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor include:

  • Searching for Wi-Fi networks
  • Verifying Wi-Fi coverage
  • Locating Wi-Fi devices
  • Displaying laptop Wi-Fi settings
  • Detecting rogue APs
  • Aiming Wi-Fi antennas
  • Education on Wi-Fi

You can download the tools for FREE here.

Definitely take advantage because who doesn’t like free stuff?

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WiFi Jedi’s Blog

Check out Douglas Haider’s newly designed blog! Looks a lot fancier than it did a week!

Check it out at Wi-Fi Jedi.

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International School in Spain Delivers high-Speed Wi-Fi to Students

The Schiller International University in Madrid Selects Xirrus® Wi-Fi Arrays™ to Increase Student Learning


Xirrus, Inc., the Wi-Fi “Power-Play” that delivers the most coverage, bandwidth, and throughput in the industry, announces the deployment of their 802.11abg Wi-Fi Arrays at Schiller International University (an American University) in Madrid, Spain (Madrid campus). The Madrid campus, one of the European campuses of Schiller, choose Xirrus because their Wi-Fi Arrays proved to be the only Wi-Fi solution capable of delivering the coverage, user density, and bandwidth needed for student e-learning applications.

“We have students from over 40 countries coming to study International Business, International Economics, International Relations and Diplomacy, General Studies, and more, said Vasil Hadzi Jordanov, Global IT Operation Director at Schiller International University, Madrid. “To better serve our students and professors, we sought to install a school-wide Wi-Fi network. We looked at several Wi-Fi vendors, searching for a solution that could provide a pervasive and reliable connection and was easy to install and manage.”

“We were amazed by the professionalism of the Xirrus team and the capabilities of their Xirrus Wi-Fi Arrays,” added Vasil Hadzi. “Unlike other vendors who guess at the number of access points required, Xirrus came to our school, performed an actual site survey, and delivered a detailed plan. Our students now have full server and web access anywhere throughout our school, including the outside courtyards. The Xirrus Wi-Fi network provides a high-speed wireless network equal to our wired network—providing the bandwidth and throughout needed along with a simplified central management system—that traditional access points couldn’t come close to achieving.”

“By going with the Xirrus Wi-Fi Array solution, the Madrid campus was able to increase the learning of its students while saving time and money over cumbersome controller-based Wi-Fi designs,” said Vladimir Urayev, Regional Director for Xirrus. “Not only did we deliver a high performance network with more bandwidth and throughput than any other architecture, but we did it with far few devices, cable drops, and switch ports than the competition.

About Schiller International University, Madrid
Schiller International University (an American University) in Madrid, Spain is comprised of students from more than 40 countries making the campus community diverse and cosmopolitan. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, with options including International Business, International Economics, International Relations and Diplomacy, General Studies and an MBA in International Business. The campus Madird offers a full range of facilities, including computer labs, study and lounge areas, a library, and a career counseling and placement office. For more information on Schiller International University in Madrid, please visit

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