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July 18, 2008

Xirrus to Bring WiFi to Open Source Linux Show Next Month

By Michael Dinan, TMCnet Editor

Calling this bit of news a sign of its superior offerings, a WiFi (News - Alert) company based in Westlake Village, California, announced today that it’ll provide wireless services at a major open source expo taking place in nearby San Francisco next month.

Officials from Xirrus, Inc. – a company that describes itself as “the only WiFi ‘Power-Play’ that can replace Ethernet switches with WiFi as a primary network connection” – say the IDG World Expo selected their company to provide WiFi at LinuxWorld Conference and Expo 2008.
According to Xirrus’s chief executive officer, Dirk Gates, an offer to provide WiFi at such a gathering “demonstrates the strength of our Wi-Fi architecture in challenging environments with high user density and large coverage areas.”
“Distributed Wi-Fi architectures, like the Xirrus Wi-Fi Array, are overtaking centralized architectures the same way Ethernet overtook ATM in the 1990s,” Gates said. “The distributed intelligence and simplicity of our Wi-Fi Array allows us to quickly deploy a network with significantly fewer devices and provide exhibitors and attendees with the highest performance possible for voice, video and data.”
Xirrus officials say their Linux-based “Wi-Fi Array” integrates 4, 8, or 16 802.11abgn radios with an onboard Gigabit Switch, Wi-Fi Controller, Wi-Fi Firewall, dedicated Wi-Fi Threat Sensor and Spectrum (News - Alert) Analyzer into a single device.
“Xirrus’ solution delivers 4X the performance and coverage along with 75 percent less devices, cabling, switch ports, and installation time compared to any competitive solution available today,” company officials say.
The solution will be featured at the expo.
The event’s vice president and general manager, Melinda Kendall, said it’s the largest and most comprehensive Linux and open-source solution show in the world. Xirrus was selected because it solves user density issues that plague traditional access point architectures, Kendall said.

“The Xirrus Wi-Fi Array is a testimony of the impact Linux is having on products around the world,” she said.
Xirrus officials would agree. They say their company’s Wi-Fi Arrays are “ideal for any organization moving towards Wi-Fi as their primary network connection, especially those that must cover large areas, support large user populations or use high bandwidth and throughput applications.”

Michael Dinan is a TMCNet Editor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.
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