Prestigious Edgbaston Cricket Ground Replaces Wired Switches with Wi-Fi

Xirrus Wi-Fi Array Have Been Installed Throughout the Cricket Ground to Improve Media Connectivity During County and International Matches.

Newbury Park, CA, April 16, 2009 --( Xirrus, Inc., the Wi-Fi "Power-Play" that delivers the most wireless coverage, bandwidth, and throughput in the industry announced today the deployment of their Wi-Fi Arrays at the prestigious Edgbaston Cricket Ground in the United Kingdom. The Wi-Fi Arrays were installed to replace wired workgroup switches in order to supply large amounts of bandwidth to the many journalists covering the cricket matches. Xirrus was selected because only their Wi-Fi Arrays are powerful enough to wirelessly deliver the same quality of service as a workgroup switch.

Established as a Test Cricket venue for over 100 years, and designed to meet the highest specifications, the Edgbaston Cricket Ground has a long and proud history as the finest indoor cricket facility in the United Kingdom. Situated at Edgbaston, the home of Warwickshire County Cricket, the centre boasts a range of facilities to meet cricket, community and corporate needs. It is the only International Test stadium within the West Midlands and in an average year, major matches staged at the ground attract up to 200,000 spectators.

“To better serve the media personnel covering cricket matches at Edgbaston, we chose to install a Wi-Fi network, allowing these major media companies to connect their PCs, MACs, and PDAs to the Internet to send large image files take with 30MP SLR cameras down to their London offices as well as for the BBC and Sky Sports commentators to keep up-to-date on team news and match reports,” said James McLaughlin, Commercial Director at Edgbaston. “We’ve had spotted coverage from traditional access points in the past, but with our new WAN link of dual 100MB fibers, we wanted a Wi-FI network that would compliment this speed and allow us to replace wired switches in the press boxes.”

“The traditional access points we tested could not supply enough bandwidth for 50 plus users seated in these small 80 feet by 20 feet press boxes,” continued James. “However, the Wi-Fi Array by Xirrus had no problem with the task—all our users connected immediately and stayed connected without any issues for the entire 5-day match. Thanks to the Xirrus solution, we had the coverage, user density, and bandwidth needed to permanently replace our temporary APs and the wired workgroup switches. Anyone looking for a simple, cost effective, and powerful solution must give Xirrus a call—there is nothing else like it on the market today."

"Xirrus was selected because we provided a cost effective Wi-Fi network delivering the most bandwidth while using only a handful of devices to cover the entire cricket centre," said Dave Kynaston, European Business Manager at Wireless LAN Source. "We are honored to have our products deployed at such legendary UK sporting facility."

“Wireless LAN Source was tasked by Edgbaston to build a world-class Wi-Fi network that would give the press and staff access to wireless applications throughout the cricket grounds,” said Chris Allen, Regional Sales Manager (UK) at Xirrus. “Using our high performance Wi-Fi Arrays allows more users to connect with more bandwidth using fewer devices than traditional Wi-Fi products from other Vendors.”

Wireless LAN Source
Wireless LAN Source Ltd was founded in 2003 and is a specialist provider of wireless networking equipment and antennas. Since its inception, Wireless LAN Source has experienced year on year growth of 100% and has established itself as the leading provider of solutions and hardware in the wireless networking arena. For more information, please visit

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About Xirrus
Xirrus, the only Wi-Fi “Power-Play”, manufacturers 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 user density 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.

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