Arizona District Upgrades Wireless Access

Creighton School District in Phoenix has deployed 802.11abg+n Wi-Fi Arrays from Xirrus Inc.

The new Xirrus 802.11n Wi-Fi network services 7,500 students and 1,200 staff utilizing Microsoft and Apple computing devices and BlackBerrys across nine campuses. Creighton School District chose to upgrade to Xirrus’ 802.11n Wi-Fi Arrays because Xirrus delivers the most throughput with one-third the devices, cable pulls, and switch ports than Cisco, according to Ed Stolze, director of information systems and technology.

“We have been utilizing Wi-Fi in our district for over four years now, but those traditional access points just didn't have the throughput to support all staff and student laptops, including four one-to-one classrooms, two language labs using Rosetta Stone, and professional development for over 400 certified staff members,” Stolze says.

The design of Xirrus products allows the district to place radios where they’re needed without having to install and manage many access points, Stolze says. That configuration allows for better load balancing, throughput, and robustness, he adds