Schiller International U Rolls Out WiFi on Madrid Campus
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Schiller International University, which has schools in seven international locations as well as online, has deployed Xirrus' 802.11abg WiFi Arrays at its Madrid, Spain campus. Schiller chose Xirrus equipment, the university said in a statement, because it proved to be the only solution capable of delivering the coverage, user density, and bandwidth needed for student e-learning applications.
The model chosen by the university is capable of integrating up to 16 access points in a device along with an onboard WiFi controller, gigabit switch, firewall, spectrum analyzer, and threat sensor.
"To better serve our students and professors, we sought to install a school-wide WiFi network. We looked at several vendors, searching for a solution that could provide a pervasive and reliable connection and was easy to install and manage," said Vasil Hadzi Jordanov, global IT operation director in Madrid. "Unlike other vendors who guess at the number of access points required, Xirrus came to our school, performed an actual site survey, and delivered a detailed plan. Our students now have full server and Web access anywhere throughout our school, including the outside courtyards. The Xirrus WiFi network provides a high-speed wireless network equal to our wired network--providing the bandwidth and throughput needed along with a simplified central management system--that traditional access points couldn't come close to achieving."
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.