Russia's Tambov State Installs WiFi Arrays To Bolster eLearning
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Tambov State University (TSU), in the Central Chernozyom Region of Russia, has deployed a new Xirrus 802.11 abg+n WiFi Array. TSU installed the arrays on campus to deliver wireless connectivity to students and professors for accessing the Internet and internal file servers for electronic learning.
"With thousands of users spread across our campus and many hundreds congregating in large auditoriums, we needed a better way of connecting students to our internal servers--traditional access points failed to deliver the needed bandwidth and throughput," said Sergey Yuchachev, head of technology faculty at TSU. "Xirrus' WiFi Arrays are drastically different from traditional access points, which are chained to distant closet controllers. The WiFi arrays put the power and intelligence at the edge of the network where it belongs."
"We now have high performance WiFi connectivity across 10 auditoriums along with our five- and nine-floor student dormitories," added Dmitry Mesherakov, head of the IT department.
TSU has 10,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students spread across 30 research centers and laboratories.
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.