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Students Gain Greater Mobility and Bandwidth with Xirrus 802.11n

UK’s Angmering Award Winning School Deploys Xirrus Wi-Fi Arrays to Improve Student-Teacher Collaboration

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 high performance Wi-Fi Arrays across the Angmering School, located in Angmering, West Sussex, United Kingdom. The School has deployed the Wi-Fi Arrays to cover 55 classrooms and office areas and to support streaming video and other bandwidth-hungry applications that in the past had brought their legacy Wi-Fi to its knees. Xirrus was chosen because it required far fewer devices and delivered the bandwidth and user density needed to scale a high performance Wi-Fi network for years to come.

Angmering School is a community comprehensive school with a Sports College specialist status for science. The school enrolls upwards of 1,400 students between the ages 11 through 18 years of age and is a recognized Dyslexia Friendly School and was given the Autism Aware Award.

“Our initial reason for deploying wireless was to allow Sixth Form and disabled students to securely use their own and school laptops on our network, however, our legacy wireless network was unreliable and slow,” said Marc Ginnaw, ICT Services Manager at Angmering. “Xirrus not only was able to easily connect laptop computers to our network, but they also gave us the flexibility to add wireless security cameras, and the ability to connect traditionally wired workstations wirelessly to the network, saving us cable runs.”

Marc continued, “We deployed a few Xirrus Wi-Fi Arrays to cover our school’s 55 classrooms and office areas – a fraction of what the competition had quoted. These Wi-Fi Arrays can easily scale to support our future growth of Wi-Fi-enabled computing devices – no other vendor is capable of supporting our projected growth of wireless devices and applications, such as the school’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), webmail, and SIMS learning Gateway for Staff to log attendance, behavior, and achievements.”

“Many schools we come across want to replace wired connections with wireless to increase the efficiency of their network and to be more flexible with network changes for students and staff members,” said Simon Hollister, Regional Manager (UK) at Xirrus. “We have the only Wi-Fi solution that can replace Ethernet workgroup switches– no other Wi-Fi vendor can supply the coverage, bandwidth, user capacity, or security per port as Xirrus can – and do it reliably.”

Xirrus Press Contact
John Merrill
E-mail: john.merrill@xirrus.com
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 www.xirrus.com.

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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 www.cwnp.com.

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Emergency Responders Rely on Xirrus for Wi-Fi Communications

The County of San Bernardino Selects Xirrus® 802.11n Wi-Fi Arrays™ for Award Winning Disaster Response Mobile Connectivity Solution

Xirrus, Inc., the Wi-Fi “Power-Play” that delivers the most wireless coverage, bandwidth, and throughput in the industry announces the selection of their 802.11n Wi-Fi Arrays as part of the County of San Bernardino, Disaster Response Mobile Connectivity Solution. The County’s Information Services Department’s Core Solutions and Security Division (CSSD) chose the Xirrus Wi-Fi Array to quickly deliver and distribute voice, video, and data network access for County, Federal, and non-profit groups during disaster and recovery operations. The County recently won an award from the National Association of Counties for this Disaster Response Mobile Connectivity Solution.

“To increase our efficiency and effectiveness during emergencies, we require access to resources available on the County’s network and the Internet,” said Jake Cordova, Information Services Department, County of San Bernardino. “To provide immediate assistance to those who have been affected by a disaster, it is crucial to establish this capability quickly with the least amount of devices and power possible. Wi-Fi seemed like the perfect technology for our disaster solution, but deploying multiple APs at a command post was slow and created too many points of failure. We needed a reliable wireless appliance that could compliment our mobile and easy-to-deploy Disaster Recovery Solution consisting of 12 HP® 8510w laptops, a 20 unit Anthro® laptop cart, and a APC® 1500 UPS—that perfect Wi-Fi device was the Xirrus 8-radio Wi-Fi Array.”

“Adding the Xirrus 802.11n Array to our Disaster Recovery solution has allowed us to become more flexible and provide access to an even greater amount of clients—it covers a large area while providing stable and reliable network services to our clients,” added Jake.

“The Wildfires of 2007 was the first test of our Disaster Recovery Solution,” continued Jake. “The Xirrus Array provided the County’s departments, Federal, and non-profit agencies stationed at the Orange Show Fair Grounds with immediate network connectivity and communications from a network drop. Because the Xirrus Wi-Fi Arrays integrated multiple radios, we were able to customize the four radios for 5GHz and an additional four radios for 2.4GHz — reducing the interference across the b/g for the numerous agencies utilizing 2.4GHz, while continuing to provide ample network and Internet connectivity across 802.11a was extremely beneficial and provided us an efficient means to assist the residents of our county.”

“We are proud to be a part of emergency centers around the world—making it possible to quickly deploy reliable communications for the field—making their jobs a little easier,” said Charles Bettinelli, Regional Manager at Xirrus. “We are leaps ahead of the competition. Our Wi-Fi Arrays integrate up to 16 802.11abgn radios, a sectored directional antenna system, and the control into a single device, making it possible for organizations to blanket an area with high performance Wi-Fi connectivity for hundreds of users with a simple flip of a switch.”

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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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Xirrus Releases New Wi-Fi Client Management Tool for Windows

Free Xirrus® Wi-Fi Inspector™ Utility Provides Valuable Client Monitoring and Diagnostic Services


Xirrus, Inc., the Wi-Fi “Power-Play” that delivers the most wireless coverage, bandwidth, and throughput in the industry, announced today the release of the latest addition to its family of Wi-Fi utilities for Windows clients. Following on the success of the highly popular Wi-Fi Monitor gadget/widget tools – which together have achieved nearly two million downloads since 2007 – the Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector is a standalone application for managing and troubleshooting a laptop’s Wi-Fi connection in addition to scanning and monitoring the Wi-Fi environment.

The Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector is ideal for:

  • Searching for and locating Wi-Fi networks
  • Managing laptop Wi-Fi connections
  • Troubleshooting Wi-Fi connectivity issues
  • Verifying Wi-Fi coverage
  • Detecting and locating rogue APs

One of the primary applications for the Wi-Fi Inspector is analyzing wireless user problems. IT managers or help desk staffers can direct users to run the utility – readily available as a free download over the Internet – to assist troubleshooting Wi-Fi connectivity and performance issues. As is the case with many users of the Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor gadgets/widgets, the Wi-Fi Inspector can be made part of the default image installed on corporate-managed laptops to be available when needed.

The Wi-Fi Inspector facilitates a 4-step process for analyzing a laptop’s Wi-Fi and network connection that can be easily executed by the end user:

1. Wireless Configuration – The Inspector displays whether the laptop is successfully connected wirelessly.

2. Network Configuration – The Inspector displays detailed IP addressing data indicating if the laptop is appropriately configured to communicate to the network and Internet.

3. Network Connectivity – The Inspector determines the state of the network connection by running a series of Ping tests to identify connectivity issues.

4. Network Performance – The Inspector determines the performance of the overall wireless and network connection by running a throughput test against an external Internet server.

Similar to the Xirrus Wi-Fi Monitor utilities, the Wi-Fi Inspector scans the surrounding environment for Wi-Fi networks (SSIDs) using the client’s Wi-Fi adapter. The Wi-Fi network information is displayed in real-time graphically on a radar-like display as well as in a table format. Detailed information about each network is provided, including signal level, security level, Wi-Fi channel, AP equipment vendor, etc. From this display, Wi-Fi networks can be selected to connect to or disconnect from, or selected for more detailed analysis via signal level graphing and location functions.

The Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector – as well as all Wi-Fi Monitor gadget/widget tools – are available for download for free from the Xirrus website at http://www.xirrus.com/library/wifitools.php. The Wi-Fi Inspector runs on Windows Vista® and XP®. The Wi-Fi Monitor is available for Windows Vista, Windows XP, MacOS®, and Linux®.

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Dätwyler Cables puts out press release about Xirrus

Using the WLAN technology Xirrus, Dätwyler Cables has added high-quality and yet cost-efficient and energy-saving WiFi arrays to its Unilan portfolio. The WiFi arrays optionally integrate 4, 8, 12 or 16 ”self-adjusting“ access points (according to IEEE 802.11abg+n), have high-amplifying directional sector antennas, a Gigabit Ethernet switch, the WiFi controller, a threat sensor and a Stateful Inspection Firewall all in one housing. The WiFi arrays provide ranges from 7000 to 11600 square meters, a high coverage (up to 1024 users per device), data throughputs of up to 864 Mbit/s and bandwidths of 2 gigabits each. With this high specification, they are particularly appropriate for professional use in the office environment, in conference centers and educational institutions, in production and logistics, hotels and hospitals as well as in airports. In order to guarantee a safe data transfer and energy supply of the device, Dätwyler Cables recommends the installation of a shielded twisted pair data cable with a high conductor cross section, for example the AWG 23 data cable Uninet 7150 4P, to feed it. 

Dätwyler Cables offers a series of different housing and installation solutions to ensure full integration into the corresponding infrastructure and ensure the business-critical safety requirements are upheld. 

The Xirrus Management System (XMS) allows the network managers to guarantee a central configuration, setup and management of safety features (IDS/IPS), a central performance monitoring of all WiFi channels and central reporting for several hundred  WiFi arrays via the installed layer 3-network.

There are special PoGE injectors available for the power supply to the devices, via the structured Gigabit Ethernet cabling. The central remote power system allows easy and cost-efficient power supply. Optionally it is also possible to supply the WiFi arrays via the integrated power supply unit. The power consumption under full load amounts to 26 to 100 watts – depending on the device. 

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