Nipissing University Chooses Fluke Networks' AirMagnet Enterprise to Help Overcome BYOD and Wireless Security Challenges

IT staff manage, optimize and secure access to wireless network for more than 6,000 users

Apr 05, 2013, 08:00 ET from Fluke Networks

EVERETT, Wash., April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Nipissing University, a leading Canadian public liberal arts university, has selected Fluke Networks' AirMagnet Enterprise to help manage and optimize wireless network performance and security, and ensure smart device connectivity and usage across its three primary campuses.


Fast, reliable and secure wireless is a growing expectation for university students and staff, and without it, the university experience doesn't make the grade. With more than 530 access points (APs), thousands of network and mobile devices, and more than 6,000 users, Nipissing University's IT staff needed a dedicated performance and security monitoring system to meet its requirements.

"Ensuring the performance, along with the security, of our wireless networks can be challenging especially with the increase in smart devices and bandwidth consumption," said Greg Seamen, manager of infrastructure support at Nipissing University. "Not only do we have to meet student and staff expectations, but we also need to proactively ensure we're meeting certain compliance standards and protecting our users from vulnerabilities and threats. AirMagnet Enterprise gives us the insight we need and the ability to monitor 24x7 so we can deliver a network that matches the level of excellence offered by our university."

The university's IT department worked hard to keep pace with the flood of new smart devices in the classroom and other new wireless technology in student housing, resulting in a reactionary approach to troubleshooting. The team faced challenges around unpredictable AP traffic, rogue devices, interference, competing channel usage, the threat of malicious attacks, and even PCI compliance. 

"The use of wireless on our campus has moved at a staggering pace.  Our team was constantly in a reactionary mode fixing problems submitted by students and staff, and we needed the right tools and systems to get to a proactive state of readiness," Seamen said. "In order to meet the needs of the university, we needed a solution that gave us complete insight so we could manage usage and connectivity, find rogues, identify interference, proactively plan network expansion, and secure the network. AirMagnet Enterprise is that solution."

For more information on AirMagnet Enterprise or to arrange a demo, visit the website.

About Nipissing University

Nipissing University's main campus is located in North Bay, Ontario, Canada, and serves more than 6,000 students across three campuses in North Bay, Muskoka and Brantford. Established in 1967, and with its roots in education extending back more than a century, the university received its charter as an independent university in 1992.  It is a primary undergraduate university with a reputation for excellence in teacher education, arts, sciences and professional programs. For more information, please visit

About Fluke Networks

Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network test and monitoring solutions to speed the deployment and improve the performance of networks and applications. Leading enterprises and service providers trust Fluke Networks' products and expertise to help solve today's toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, mobility, unified communications and data centers. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit or call +1 (425) 446-4519.

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