Xirrus Wi-Fi Arrays Stand Foot-to-Foot with Wired Infrastructure

Coppell ISD Offers Student Mobility with 1:1 Initiative Supported by Xirrus 802.11n

Jun 16, 2010, 14:29 ET from Xirrus

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Xirrus®, the leader in High Performance Wi-Fi that delivers the most coverage, bandwidth, and user density in the industry, announced today the deployment of Xirrus high performance 802.11n Wi-Fi Arrays within Coppell Independent School District, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. Today, as the largest employer in Coppell with over 1,200 employees, Coppell ISD has fifteen campuses serving nearly 10,000 students in grades K-12 including nine at the elementary level, three middle schools, two high schools, and an alternative campus. Coppell ISD chose Xirrus because the Xirrus Wi-Fi Array is the only device capable of supporting a 1:1 Initiative, reducing infrastructure costs and providing the reliability of a wired infrastructure with high performance Wi-Fi.  

"Our initial wireless implementation was built for coverage, not for capacity. Over the past few years our vision as a district has changed to really move towards a 1:1 initiative and put more mobility within all of our campuses and facilities for students and teachers to take advantage of," stated Chad Branum, Executive Director of Technology for Coppell ISD. "We started doing quite a bit of investigation on the various Wi-Fi vendors - comparing Xirrus to Cisco, Aruba, and Trapeze. Xirrus ultimately seemed to meet our goals and our needs for capacity within our infrastructure and doing it at a guaranteed bandwidth and speed that we felt would be the best approach for our district. With the Xirrus solution we were able to reduce our overall costs while at the same time not compromising any of our goals or aspirations for our wireless environment."

Chad continued, stating, "A lot of our users over time had basically given up on our previous wireless infrastructure. Deploying Xirrus has allowed our faculty to realize that Wi-Fi can be solid. Now they can really infuse mobility within their instruction, either within their classroom or anywhere within the facility - that has been the biggest mind shift from all of our staff members and students. We wanted them to have the same kind of environment within our regular data network infrastructure that they would on a wireless – so Xirrus has allowed us to really take the next step in that process. One of the big points of the Xirrus product is that they feel their solution can stand foot-to-foot with a regular traditional data infrastructure -from what we've seen so far, it appears to be holding true. It is clear, Xirrus was the right solution for us."

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Xirrus, Inc., the leader in High Performance Wi-Fi, manufactures the only fully distributed, dense radio Wi-Fi architecture available in the industry today. The innovative Xirrus architecture delivers unmatched RF innovation and wireless performance on a per access point and system-wide basis, yet requires fewer devices, switch ports, cabling with less effort to implement and maintain than traditional offerings, thereby accelerating Time-to-Value.  Xirrus manufactures its products in the USA and is Wi-Fi Alliance, Verisign, PCI, FIPS 140-2, and ISO 9001:2008 certified.  For more information, please visit www.xirrus.com.

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