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Colorado State University Goes “N”

CSU Solves User Density and Bandwidth Issues by Deploying 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 Colorado State University (CSU), located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Colorado State is a public institution of higher education and one of the nation’s top research universities, offering 150 programs of study in eight colleges. The Wi-Fi Arrays are being deployed at the newly constructed Computer Science Building, Morgan Library, Andrew G. Clark Building, Academic Learning Center and plans for the future Academic Instruction Building giving more than 25,000 students and 1,400 faculty members higher performance Wi-Fi.

“We have had a Wi-Fi network with hundreds of APs for some time, but some of these traditional APs were being saturated as more and more students brought in Wi-Fi-enabled laptops, PDAs, and phones,” said Greg Redder, interim Director of Networking at CSU. “Throwing more and more APs at the problem in some of these facilities was ineffective and costly, so we looked around for an alternative wireless solution—something that could support dozens to hundreds of concurrent users and supply enough bandwidth to meet current and future needs.”

“We invited Xirrus to demonstrate their claims of having ‘the most powerful Wi-Fi solution’ on the market”, added Redder. “To see what these Wi-Fi Arrays could do, we had Xirrus bring one Array on a portable tripod to support an Obama campaign rally on The Oval, a large open park where thousands participated. The Wi-Fi Array supported over 200 concurrent users without blinking an eye. This scenario fit well with some of our larger and more concentrated locations on campus. Thus, we are rolling Xirrus 802.11n Arrays across several high capacity buildings, including the newest building on our campus – the Computer Science Building, a 4-story, 45,000 square foot facility, comprised of classrooms, lecture halls, three student labs, faculty offices and large meeting areas.”

Curtis Reid, Regional Manager at Xirrus, said, “Our 802.11n Wi-Fi Arrays deliver more with less—more coverage, bandwidth, and user density with far less devices, cables, and switch ports. Organizations need to stop deploying yesterday’s inadequate AP’s and begin deploying Xirrus Wi-Fi Arrays—only Xirrus can replace switching to the desktop with wireless and give you the investment protection for years to come.”

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