Monthly Archives: March 2009

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You can now follow Xirrus on twitter!

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Xirrus Events Week of 3/30

Network World’s IT Roadmap Chicago – Booth #228 (4/02/09)

This unique, all-in-one, single-day event is designed by IT pros for IT pros who want to cover multiple industry topics in one day. Xirrus will be showcasing the High Performance Wi-Fi Array.

Venue: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Chicago, IL

HIMSS – Booth #3153 (4/04/09-4/08/09)

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is the healthcare industry’s membership organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of healthcare information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare.  HIMSS will hold its Annual Conference on April 4-8th in Chicago.

Venue: McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

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Pictures From Voice Over IP Conference

Sorry for the delay. I just recently found some pictures from the Voice Over IP Conference back in October 2008. I know I’m months late, but at least I can upload them now! There are only two, but it shows the booth and what we do!

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The Wi-Fi Force

Xirrus’ very own Karen Ong has started her own Wi-Fi blog. Be sure to check this blog out. She already has a hanful of posts online!

Her blog url is:


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Xirrus Events 3/23

TechEd – Booth #910 (3/23/09-3/25/09)

The Community College Foundation, serving education & community for 25 years, has been developing innovative conferences and programs designed to bring best practice solutions to educators from across the country and around the world since 1996. Today, TechEd is the world’s leading hands-on Technology in Education conference and exposition.

Venue: Ontario Convention Center, Ontario, CA


2009 Semi Annual Wi-Fi Seminar – London, Ontario (3/24/09)

During the Xirrus Semi-Annual Wi-Fi Seminar, you will learn how to get higher performance with 802.11n, provide greater coverage with less devices, and implement stronger security for your Wi-Fi network.  Come join us for a chance to win a Xirrus XS4 Array.  To register for the seminar, please goto 

Venue: Hilton Londo Ontario, Canada


IACC 28th Annual Conference (3/26/09-3/29/09)

The International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) is a not-for-profit, facilities-based organization whose mission is to assist members in providing the most productive meeting facilities around the world. The IACC conference is jam-packed with various programs–insightful speakers, rousing general sessions, special interest workshops, roundtable discussions and teambuilding events.

Venue: Château Élan Winery & Resort, Braselton, GA

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Xirrus Adopts CWNA® Certification Program

Xirrus Furthers Technology Leadership with CWNP Certification of Technical Services Teams


Xirrus, Inc., the Wi-Fi “Power-Play” that delivers the most wireless coverage, bandwidth, and throughput in the industry announced today it has adopted the CWNA® (Certified Wireless Network Administrator) training program, offered by Atlanta-based CWNP (Certified Wireless Network Professional) for certification of all its application engineers and principal technologists. CWNP, creator of vendor-neutral enterprise Wi-Fi certifications, offers four levels of certification for enterprise Wi-Fi.

“As the only Wi-Fi device capable of replacing Ethernet workgroup switches, Xirrus continues to stay ahead of the competition by delivering both superior technology and expertise,” said Bruce Miller, Vice President of Product Marketing at Xirrus. “We believe adding the CWNP certification training will enhance the knowledgebase of our teams, increasing the strength of our free professional services offerings and the technological value delivered to our customers.”

“We believe knowledge is a key differentiator in deploying Wi-Fi successfully,” said Cary Chandler, President of CWNP. “With the complexities and varieties of products and the continually evolving standards within the Wi-Fi industry, ongoing training is critical. Our certification programs teach the technology behind all WLAN products, regardless of vendor product line.”

The CWNA curriculum covers topics from RF theory to 802.11n. The courses include hands-on training labs with the option of instructor-led, online or selfstudy.

About CWNP
CWNP is the de facto standard for enterprise Wi-Fi training and certification. CWNP is the only vendor neutral wireless LAN certification program in the industry, offering four levels of enterprise WLAN certification, from novice to expert. Our focus is to educate IT professionals in the technology behind all enterprise WLAN products, enabling the ability for these professionals to enter an enterprise and manage its wireless LAN infrastructure regardless of the vendor solution utilized. IT professionals in more than 120 countries have achieved CWNP certifications, specializing in how to make wireless LANs more cost-effective, reliable and secure. CWNP is a privately-held corporation based in Atlanta, GA. For more information about CWNP, visit

To view this press release as well as other, please click here.

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Best of

One of the Xirrus Principal Technologists, Douglas Haider, runs a very popular blog about wireless networking and security at

I have complied a list of Douglas’ most popular posts for the readers of Leading Wi-Fi.   Take a look – I think you will be pleasantly surprised!


  • How Stuff Works – 802.11n and MIMO
  • How Stuff Works – 802.11n and Spatial Multiplexing
  • How Stuff Works – 802.11n and Channel Bonding
  • How Stuff Works – 802.11n, Fame Aggregation, & Block Acknowledgement
  • How Stuff Works – 802.11n and Short Guard Interval
  • Opinion


    For Project Managers

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    Xirrus Vs. Meru

    Meru has recently put out a press release about their deployment at Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham England.

    The installation consisted of 32 Meru AP150 Access points, operating as a Virtual Cell on a single channel, and managed by two MC0305 controllers. After evaluating Cisco’s prices and what they had to offer, the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital went with Meru with the assist of  Synaptic Solutions. ROH stated that Meru was able to offer their services at an affordable price, faster installation time, more offerings, and met the installation deadline, which was 5 weeks.

    According to Alan Kidner, IT manager of the hospital, all you have to do is “un-box the access point, fix it to the wall, connect it to the LAN” and it updates and starts working on its own.

    Now to compare, I recently put up a press release about Xirrus’ deployment at Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

    And I use a few quotes from the press releases:

    “Xirrus very quickly convinced us that their solution was capable of fulfilling these requirements and more—delivering the user density, bandwidth, coverage, and reliability needed to support our physician and patient applications, and give us the ability to easily upgrade to 802.11n without undue disruption or drain on IT resources”

    • The structure of the Xirrus Wi-Fi Array allows the customers to easily upgrade to 802.11n without draining resources. The AP150 Access points by Meru is strictly 802.11abg, meaning that you would have to buy a whole new product if you wanted to be 802.11n compatible.
    • Also when comparing installation, Xirrus employees actually install the Wi-Fi Array into locations that will allow the Arrays to be maximize to their fullest useage. Also Xirrus offers a FREE site survey before installation to guarantee customers of what they need for full coverage of the area. Alan Kidner stated that all he did was just open the box and fixed the access point into the wall by himself.

    Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust stated, “We are very impressed with the Xirrus Wi-Fi architecture, especially when compared to the traditional centralized architectures we looked at,” continued Murphy. “The Xirrus Wi-Fi solution will require 194 cable drops to cover the entire campus, while a centralized system from other vendors would have required well over 1,000 cable drops, yet still not have delivered the bandwidth, user density, RF management and shaping, or full switch-level control for our voice, video, and data traffic. By selecting Xirrus, we reduced overall costs due to 800 less cable runs, 800 less switch ports, and 800 less devices to install, manage, and upgrade to 802.11n.” By saving on installation time and equipment, they reduce their overall expenses.

    Alan Kidner stated, “Since installation, the network has operated without any significant problems. As access points are manager centrally, any problems with them are easy to fix. If an access points fails, we just plug in a spare.” His statement makes me believe that problems did arise after installation. Small or large, a problem is a problem. Not to mention his attitude towards a failed access point is sort of non-challant.

    Overall if you are looking for quality, satisfaction, good pricing, and a company that will make life easier for you, Xirrus is the way to go. From ease in upgrades to a reduction in costs and equipment, Xirrus is out there to do the job. During these rough economic times, anyone looking for Wi-Fi should evaluate Xirrus’s products and services to save their resources


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    Upcoming Seminar

    2009 Semi Annual Wi-Fi Seminar – Tuesday, March 24th 2009

    If you are a CIO, IT Manager, IT Director or if you are responsible for your organizations network infrastructure, then you should attend this FREE upcoming Xirrus Wi-Fi Seminar in London, Ontario, Canada on March 24th at the Hilton London Ontario.  At the seminar, you will learn how to get higher performance with 802.11n, provide greater coverage with less devices, and implement stronger security for your Wi-Fi network.  This is a half day seminar beginning at 9:30 with a complimentary lunch and a chance to win a Xirrus Wi-Fi XS4 Array. You can register online at or by phone at 229.589.1212.  

    Venue: Hilton London Ontario

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    Xirrus Events 3/16/2009

    There are no known Xirrus Events happening this week. If things change, I will definitely put out the information! Next week we will be attending 3 events, be sure to catch that!

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