University Increases Wi-Fi Bandwidth with Xirrus 802.11N

Washburn University Deploys Xirrus® 802.11n Wi-Fi Arrays™ to Enhance Wi-Fi Performance.

Thousand Oaks, CA, December 04, 2008 --( Xirrus, Inc., the Wi-Fi "Power-Play" that delivers the most coverage, bandwidth, and throughput in the industry, announces today the roll-out of Xirrus 802.11n Wi-Fi Arrays at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Washburn University chose Xirrus because they were the only Wi-Fi architecture capable of handling the user density and performance for their growing Wi-Fi population. To date, Xirrus Wi-Fi Arrays have been deployed in Bennett Computer Center, Stoffer Science Hall, and Petro Allied Health Center along with all of the dorms, including Living Learning Center, Kuehne Hall, West Hall, and four buildings in the Washburn Village.

“We have seen the growth of Wi-Fi enabled devices explode over the last few years – from Microsoft® and Apple® enabled notebooks to Wi-Fi enabled mobile phones like the iPhone. To improve the connectivity and flexibility of our students, faculty, and staff we set out to deploy a high performance 802.11n network across our 160-acre campus,” said Kevin Halgren, Assistant Director of Systems and Services at Washburn University. “We researched and tested multiple Wi-Fi architectures, but found only one vendor capable of delivering the Wi-FI bandwidth and throughput to support our high density classrooms, lecture halls, and dorms – Xirrus.”

“Xirrus’ 802.11n Wi-Fi Arrays are drastically different from traditional access points, which are chained to distant closet controllers,” added Kevin. “The Xirrus 802.11n Arrays put the power and intelligence where it should be – at the edge of the network. By integrating 4, 8, 12, 16, and 24 radios with a multi-Gigabit switch into a single device, the Xirrus Arrays allow us to efficiently deploy more radios to cover more users than access points from other vendors. For example, we recently installed nine Xirrus 802.11n Wi-Fi Arrays covering all five floors of the Living Learning Center, delivering over 16Gbps of high speed Wi-Fi bandwidth for 400 students – that’s 56 radios with only seven capable drops – impressive.”

“Like many leading universities around the world, Washburn realized early on that traditional access points, whether 802.11a, b, g, and especially n could not handle the load of an all-wireless campus because those architectures rely on a sea of access points all tied to a central controller – that’s a lot of data to pass back and forth across the network,” said Jon Freeman, Regional Vice President at Xirrus. “To deliver wired-like performance wirelessly, each Wi-Fi device deployed must be able to deliver Gigabits of bandwidth, support hundreds of users and be able to deliver the intelligence and security at the edge of the network where it belongs.”

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About Washburn University
Located on a 160-acre campus in the center of Topeka, Kansas, Washburn University provides broadly-based liberal arts and professional education by combining the most effective modes of educating its 6,901 enrolled students. Washburn stands out as a leading university with accomplished faculty, small class sizes, state of the art technology, modern learning techniques and unique opportunities available through an interactive campus and community relationship. Since 1941, Washburn University has been continuously accredited and has been ranked in the top 10 as one of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report for the past nine consecutive years. For more information, visit

About Xirrus
Xirrus, the only Wi-Fi “Power-Play,” manufactures 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 support for more users 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, visit

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