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Big WLAN on Campus
[December 13, 2007]

Big WLAN on Campus

( Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge) Cornell University announced this week that it has begun deploying Aruba Networks adaptive wireless LANs across its 745-acre Ithaca, New York campus. The Ivy League university is home to more than 20,000 students and 14,000 faculty and staff. Once completed, the network will include 4,500 wireless indoor and outdoor access points. The first phase of Cornells deployment involves replacing almost 900 legacy wireless devices with Arubas wireless access points, including new 802.11n devices. The APs will be managed by Arubas 80Gbps MMC-6000 Multi-Service Mobility Controller. The School District of Philadelphia (SDP), the eighth largest school district in the U.S., is now home to one of the worlds largest enterprise-grade wireless LANs. Meru Networks and Avaya teamed up on the project, which will provide applications including VoWi-Fi and video to nearly 268 schools. The new network will serve more than 166,000 students and 10,000 teachers. Meru says it has deployed 7,000 radio switches and more than 28,000 radios. Avaya is providing the communications applications and services, and was the system integrator for the project, along with H. J. Heinz Company.

The network is part of the School of the Future project, a 2005 initiative led by Microsoft and the SDP. November 26, 2007 Envision Schools (ES), a non-profit charter management organization located in the San Francisco Bay area, has announced that it will deploy Xirrus Wi-Fi arrays on the campuses of all four of its high schools: Impact Academy of Arts & Technology; Envision Academy of Arts & Technology; Metropolitan School of Arts & Technology; and City Arts &Technology High School, all of which are located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Envision charter schools employ a project-based instructional model, which utilizes a personalized learning environment and workplace learning. Arts and digital technology are integrated across all content areas as tools for understanding and expression. The schools have a 2:1 student-to-laptop ratio. The Xirrus Wi-Fi rollout is part of an overall infrastructure upgrade at ES. Xirruss Wi-Fi network is part of our three-year technology plan designed to deliver on our mission to get all students, especially First Generation College Bound students, to and through college. We use technology to enable our students to achieve advanced levels within California State Standards, said John Krull, VP of Technology at Envision in a press release. Co-founded by Daniel McLaughlin, a former Vice President at Bank of America, and Bob Lenz, an award-winning teacher and nationally recognized school reform leader, Envision Schools began operations in June 2002. The nonprofit organization creates small, high-performing urban public schools designed to serve diverse student bodies, particularly First Generation College Bound (FGCB) youth. A fifth ES charter school was scheduled to open this fall. November 14th, 2007 Aruba Networks announced on Monday that Carnegie Mellon University has started deploying Arubas 802.11n adaptive wireless LANs across its campus. Located in Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Mellon has roughly 10,000 students and 4,000 faculty and staff. The university, known in large part for its research facilities, has been something of a pioneer in wireless networking thanks to its Wireless Andrew program. Wireless Andrew began as a research network in 1994 to support Carnegie Mellon's wireless research initiative, and was later expanded throughout the academic and administrative buildings as well as student residence halls. Arubas equipment will be used to update the entire academic campus networkbut not campus residence halls--with 802.11n managed by Arubas new 80Gbps Multi-Service Mobility Controllers. Specifically, the university will employ Arubas AP-124/AP-125 802.11n Access Points and 80Gbps MMC-6000 Multi-Service Mobility Controller.

November 13th, 2007

Last month, just before the famed swallows made their annual departure from San Juan Capistrano, California, students at a local Catholic high school (JSerra) were treated to a new arrival: a Wi-Fi network that blankets the entire 40-acre campus with coverage. The network, made up of Xirrus Wi-Fi arrays will serve the faculty, staff, and 1,000 students.

All JSerra students are required to use a laptop and to connect to the campus-wide network as part of what the administration calls academic enrichment activities. Students are also required to check student portals and utilize the schools Web mail system.

Loyola College in Maryland has expanded its wireless campus network using Meru's Fourth Generation WLAN System. The Meru Wi-Fi system was initially deployed only in residence halls and consisted of 300 Meru AP208 APs and four Meru MC3150 wireless controllers. It is now being expanded to cover the main campus and three satellite facilities. The system will provide complete wireless access to more than 6,000 students and 1,000 faculty and staff.

Loyola is a Jesuit Catholic comprehensive university with 3,500 undergraduate and 2,600 graduate students. In addition to basic Internet access, the network is used for video, voice, and data applications.

Naomi Graychase is Managing Editor at Wi-FiPlanet.

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