Students Cut their Network Wires to Connect Wirelessly

Uffculme School Upgrades Network to Deliver High Performance Wi-Fi for their Students Using 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 across Uffculme School, located in Cullompton, United Kingdom. Uffculme School replaced their existing Access Point infrastructure with Xirrus 802.11abg+n Wi-Fi Arrays to gain better network performance for their wireless video streaming and 1:1 computer initiative. The transition to Xirrus was quick, seamless, and provided the school with the necessary bandwidth for Wi-Fi to be their primary network connection.

Uffculme School is a Foundation Comprehensive School for boys and girls aged 11-16. There are approximately 950 students and 140 staff members spread across nine buildings. The school aims to provide effective formal and informal learning through which all of its pupils will achieve their potential in as many ways as possible, develop spiritual and moral values, obtain a variety of skills and qualifications to prepare them for the next stage of life, and be part of a community within which all feel secure and valued.

“We have been a specialist school for Mathematics and Computing since 2005 and have just been designated as a High Performing Specialist School for Applied Learning,” said Lorraine Heath, headteacher of Uffculme School. “A central strand of the move to personalize the learning experience for all students is our goal to provide every student with a laptop computer with ready access to media resources and the internet.”

Matt Pearce, Network Manager at Uffculme School said, “We already had a Wi-Fi network supplying ample coverage, but we lacked the user density for four new class sets of 32 laptops each. We decided to invest in a system that could deliver the bandwidth and throughput for our future 1:1 initiative. With multiple computing platforms from Windows notebooks and netbooks to Blackberry and Windows Mobile PDAs streaming video over our own Streaming Media system and accessing our Uffculme School Portal (VLE) inc. Digital Media, it was critical we install the highest performing Wi-Fi network possible.” Matt continued, “We tried several Wi-Fi vendors before selecting Xirrus. We chose Xirrus because of the low number of access devices needed to cover our nine building campus and their ability to cope extremely well with high density areas.”

“The deployment of our 802.11n Arrays at Uffculme School provided the boost in bandwidth and user density that the school needed in order to support the increased stress on the network that results with video over Wi-Fi applications and when every student, teacher and faculty member is provided with a personal laptop,” said Simon Hollister, Regional Manager (UK) at Xirrus. “With a single cable drop, one of our Wi-Fi Arrays can cover multiple classrooms, support hundreds of concurrent users, and deliver the bandwidth necessary to implement a successful 1:1 student computer initiative – no other Wi-Fi company can come close to this accomplishment.”

Xirrus Press Contact
John Merrill
Phone: +1.805.262.1644


About Xirrus
Xirrus, the only Wi-Fi “Power-Play”, manufacturers the Wi-Fi Array® architecture that displaces both overlay Wi-Fi offerings and switched Ethernet to the desktop. The Wi-Fi Array integrates 4, 8, 12, 16, or 24 802.11abg+n radios coupled to a high-gain directional antenna system into a single device along with an onboard multi-gigabit switch, Wi-Fi controller, firewall, dedicated Wi-Fi threat sensor, and an embedded spectrum analyzer. The Wi-Fi Array provides more than enough bandwidth, security, and control to replace switched Ethernet to the desktop as the primary network connection. The Xirrus Wi-Fi Array delivers the most coverage, bandwidth, throughput, and user density on a per device and per system basis than anything else available on the market today – resulting in a solution that uses 75% fewer devices, cabling, switch ports, power, space, and installation time compared with any other offering.

Xirrus is a privately-held company headquartered in Thousand Oaks, California. For more information, please visit

Xirrus – Switching: Without Wires™

Xirrus – High Performance Wi-Fi™

Xirrus – The Air is the Network™

Xirrus – Wi-Fi Array®

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