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Xirrus Events Week of 5/26/09

ICT for Tomorrow’s Learning (5/30/2009)

ICT in Education Victoria is the pre-eminent Victorian professional association that provides support and leadership to all educators in the use of ICT in teaching and learning. ICTEV is an education body that aims to provide exemplary professional services to members and a vibrant, expert presence within the Victorian educational community. ICTEV promotes ICT within all levels of education and advocates the positive role ICT plays in enhancing teaching and learning.

Venue: The Atrium, Wadhurst Campus- Melbourne Grammar School


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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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Wangaratta Deploys 802.11n to Enhance Student Connectivity

Wangaratta High School Chooses Xirrus® 802.11n Wi-Fi Arrays™ for Its New Environmentally-Friendly Campus


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 Wangaratta’s new high school, located in Wangaratta, Victoria Australia. Wangaratta High School chose to replace their existing Wi-Fi network for their new environmentally-friendly facilities because Xirrus required far fewer products, cables, switch ports, and energy while delivering 8X more Wi-Fi bandwidth to support a large assortment of wireless devices and applications.

Established in 1909, Wangaratta High School is on the forefront of high schools using technology to better meet the learning needs and interests of its students. To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Wangaratta High School is undergoing a major renovation, with an entirely new school being built to revolutionize the way education takes place—open spaces to foster student autonomy, wireless networking to increase learning collaboration, and environmentally-friendly facilities to be more resource and earth conscious.

“The state government decided to rebuild Wangaratta High School for the 1,300 plus students who attend, so we are working hard to complete the project for the schools 100th anniversary this year,” said John Patrick, IT Technician at Wangaratta High School. “We have designed the new facilities to allow for better student participation and information access by utilizing open classrooms and wireless networking. Thanks to the Xirrus Wi-Fi Array, we are able to deploy a Wi-Fi network to support our large student population with the fewest number devices and least amount of energy possible.”

“I’m extremely impressed with the design of these 802.11n Arrays—A single Wi-Fi Array easily supports 250 users running internet, email, and server-based applications on an assortment of Windows® laptops, Apple® MacBooks®, and PDA’s,” added John. “Because the Wi-Fi Arrays integrate the access points and controllers into a single modular device, there is no separate controller that needs to be installed, making adds, moves, and changes a breeze.”

“Schools like Wangaratta are tired of the expense, resource drain, and surprise added costs associated with traditional wireless access point vendors,” said James Shields, Regional Manager at Xirrus. “We do things differently at Xirrus—we work side-by-side with our customers to formulate a plan, we do not charge for our services, and we back everything up with a signal strength guarantee and 5-year warranty on our hardware—no one else does that!”

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Creighton School District Upgrades to Xirrus 802.11n

Xirrus 802.11n Wi-Fi Arrays Provides Schools with Improved Wireless Throughput and User Density


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 throughout the Creighton School District, located in Phoenix, Arizona. The new Xirrus 802.11n Wi-Fi network services 7,500 students and 1,200 staff utilizing computing devices such as Microsoft®-based notebooks, Apple® MacBooks®, and BlackBerrys® across 9 different campuses. Creighton School District chose to upgrade to Xirrus’ 802.11n Wi-Fi Arrays because Xirrus delivers the most throughput with one-third the devices, cable pulls, and switch ports than Cisco.

“We have been utilizing Wi-Fi in our district for over 4 years now, but those traditional access points just didn’t have the throughput to support all staff and student laptops, including four 1:1 classrooms, two Language Labs using Rosetta Stone®, and professional development for over 400 certified staff members,” said Ed Stolze, Director of Information Systems & Technology at Creighton School District. “Xirrus offered a far superior solution over Cisco, which would have required more than 500 access points, cable pulls, switch ports, along with several weeks to install and program. The Xirrus solution required roughly 65% less devices, which is a big deal when pulling cable through cinder block wall buildings. Thanks to Xirrus, we have no problem putting 40 to 60 teachers in a multi-purpose with ready access to the network for real-time technology professional development.”

“Organizations frustrated by Wi-Fi vendors quoting hundreds or thousands of access points need to give Xirrus a call. The unique design of the Xirrus products allows us to place radios where they’re needed without having to install and manage a sea of access points like other vendors,” added Ed. “We are now able to see at least three radios from anyplace in the district—allowing for better load balancing, throughput, and robustness. The Xirrus Wi-Fi network allows our staff to teach and modify their instruction based on real-time access to student assessment data—leading to quality instruction, caring teachers, and successful students.”

“We planned for the success of Wi-Fi by creating an architecture that integrates multiple radios with a Wi-Fi controller into a single device,” said Douglas Haider, Principal Technologist at Xirrus. “Our processes are quite different from other Wi-Fi vendors: Design of our solution is simple enough that we can demonstrate it during the first meeting, we then conduct a free site survey using real product, assist you in developing a network plan, work with you to install and program the network, and back everything up with the industries only signal strength guarantee.”

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Poudre School District Selects Xirrus to Cover All 50 Schools

School District Saves Money, Time, and Energy by Selecting Xirrus for Wi-Fi Network


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 Wi-Fi Arrays across Poudre School District (PSD) in Fort Collins, Colorado servicing over 27,000 students, faculty, staff across 50 schools including 32 elementary schools, 10 junior high schools, and 6 high schools. The district-wide deployment is part of an overall learning initiative to use cost-effective, energy-saving technologies that will improve the collaboration and learning between students and teachers—to support and inspire every child to think, to learn, to care, and to graduate prepared to be successful in a changing world—with notebook computers and adaptive Braille Sense devices for the blind.

“There were many reasons we chose to deploy Xirrus, over all the other Wi-Fi vendors” said Victor Rosengren, Telecommunications Manager at PSD. “First, our biggest requirement in selecting our Wi-Fi network was density support—finding a Wi-Fi solution that would scale as we grow over time from mobile laptop labs to a laptop for every student. Second, budgets are always tight, so we needed a solution that would not cost an arm and a leg to install and manage. Xirrus offered us the perfect solution for our needs. By integrating multiple radios and the wireless switch into a single device, we were able to deploy these Wi-Fi Arrays quickly and more cost-effectively without the need of adding large numbers of cable runs and switch ports.”

“Third, we are well known for our energy efficient building projects and our sustainability management process, in fact, we have the first school in the nation to receive the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for schools Gold rating,” added Victor. By selecting Xirrus, which uses less switch ports, PoE boxes, and access points, we were able to extend our energy savings to our wireless network.”

“Xirrus is refreshingly different from most companies we’ve worked with,” added Victor. “These guys are dedicated to our success. They demonstrated why their solution is superior, conducted a real-world site survey, installed the network, and trained us on the system – all for no additional fee. And the clincher, they gave us a signal strength guarantee ensuring that we’d have the coverage we were promised.”

“Leading school districts like Poudre realize that Wi-Fi does not need to be complicated or expensive to be successful,” said Curtis Reid, Regional Manager at Xirrus. “Wireless networks should take fewer devices and cable runs than wired networks, not more. It’s been great working with Poudre to deploy this state-of-the-art Wi-Fi network that will enable them to better utilize their valuable resources as they continue to provide more educational services to their students and teachers. Find out for yourself why Xirrus is the most powerful Wi-Fi solution on the market today.”

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Ballinger Independent School District Empowers Students with High Performance Network

Xirrus® Wi-Fi Arrays™ Chosen to Support 1-to-1 Computer Initiative District-wide


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 Wi-Fi Arrays across Ballinger Independent School District (Ballinger ISD) in Ballinger, Texas. Ballinger’s newly launched 1-to-1 computer initiative “emPOWERs students for the Future” by arming all staff and 500+ students, grades 6th – 12th, with Apple® MacBook® computers to be used for classroom learning. Xirrus was selected as the Wi-Fi provider after the district performed an extensive product and cost analysis of competing solutions, which found Xirrus to not only offer the most powerful Wi-Fi solution on the market, but also the greatest cost and energy savings.

“Our school board decided they wanted each staff member in the district and all students in the junior high and high schools to be equipped with an Apple MacBook computer this year, so we quickly went to work to find the Wi-Fi network that would support all the students, deliver the necessary bandwidth, be easy to install and maintain, and not cost the district an arm and a leg,” said Tim Gau, Director of Technology of Ballinger ISD. “We had roughly six weeks to have the 600+ computers ready, which meant having the network in place and the teachers and students trained. By and large, the only way we were able to make the deadlines was by selecting to go with Xirrus—their Wi-Fi Arrays require far less devices, which is a big deal when you include the installation costs, the cables for each device that must be pulled and the switch ports that must be configured. The Xirrus Wi-Fi Arrays required far less than any other Wi-Fi system we looked at…and it was the cheapest when all things considered.”

“Selecting Xirrus was the right call—they came when called, performed a free real-world site survey, helped install and configure the network, and guaranteed we’d have the promised signal strength throughout the schools,” added Tim. “We were able to build, image, and bind the computers across the Xirrus Wi-Fi network far faster than we could have across the wired network. The Xirrus Wi-Fi Arrays made it possible to deploy our 1-to-1 computer initiative quickly and cost-effectively—they saved us from having to rebuild our wired infrastructure in the middle of the project. Our students and faculty have been using the new system since August now and we’re all very impressed with it’s performance and the increase in student/teacher collaboration—well worth the effort. You know you have a top-notch wireless infrastructure when teachers are able to run full motion video over wirelessly connected computers at the same time. The system is secure and has not gone down since we brought it online.”

“The Ballinger Independent School District is a great example using technology to increase instruction and learning,” said Robert Smith, Regional Manager at Xirrus. “Schools do not need to spend months pulling cable and long nights configuring switch ports. With a single cable drop, one of our Wi-Fi Arrays can cover multiple classrooms, support hundreds of concurrent users, and deliver the bandwidth for all types of applications. Like Ballinger, we empower customers for the future.”

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Historic School Improves Connectivity for Students and Staff with 802.11n

Marymount High School Choose Xirrus® 802.11abgn Wi-Fi Arrays™ for Campus-wide Deployment


Xirrus, Inc., the Wi-Fi “Power-Play” that delivers the most wireless coverage, bandwidth, and throughput in the industry announced today that historic Marymount High School, located in Los Angeles, California, has deployed Xirrus 802.11n Wi-Fi Arrays campus-wide as they begin to roll out their 1:1 computer initiative.

Established in 1923, Marymount High School is an independent Catholic college-preparatory school for girls in grades 9-12. It’s seven building campus, located on a 6.5 acre campus across the street from UCLA, draws students from all over the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Marymount is one of the first all-girls school in the United States to begin deploying a 1:1 computer initiative with Apple® MacBook® computers.

“We selected Xirrus for our Wi-Fi implementation because they have the best architecture available—their Wi-Fi Arrays deliver more coverage, more bandwidth, and more throughput with less devices, cables, and switch ports than anything else on the market today,” said Patrick Lynch, Director of Technology, at Marymount High School. “As we roll-out our 1:1 computer initiative, it is imperative that we begin with a powerful, robust wireless network that will give all our 400+ student body and staff the same user experience as traditional wired connections—Xirrus delivers that.”

“What’s more, the professional and knowledgeable service we received from Xirrus was extraordinary,” added Patrick. “Unlike other vendors who try to sell based on slide-ware and predictive modeling, Xirrus cracked open their products to demonstrate the ingenious design, performed areal-world site survey, helped us create a comprehensive network design, and backed everything up with a signal strength guarantee. I think the most extraordinary thing about Xirrus was their follow up and follow through. From technicians, to site visits, to the roll out of our wireless solution, Xirrus has been there every step of the way to make sure the job got done right—very impressive.”

“It’s great to see schools like Marymount using Wi-Fi as the primary network connection for their students and staff—to learn and work where and when it is most productive,” said Scott Tomlinson, Regional Director at Xirrus. “Marymount now has a powerful 802.11abgn network that is as powerful as a Ethernet workgroup switch, but much more flexible and capable of supporting an assortment of wireless educational tools and applications both now and in the future.”

About Marymount High School
Established in 1923, Marymount High School is an independent Catholic college-preparatory school for girls in grades 9-12. Located West Los Angeles, directly across the street from UCLA, Marymount draws students from all over the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Built on 6.5 acres, the original Spanish mission style buildings were declared California cultural historical monuments in 1982. Throughout its 85-year history, Marymount has remained dedicated to the goal of providing an education that fosters the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional and social maturity of the whole person. For more information, please visit www.mhs-la.org.

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