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Campus-wide Wireless LAN coverage for continuous mobility and seamless management


Extricomís WLAN system is ideal for higher education campuses. Its patented Channel Blanket architecture, enables blankets of wireless coverage that provide robust, resilient wireless connectivity. 
 

Unique Challenges of Higher Education Institutions


Deploying WLAN across the campus can bring enormous benefits, but there are some distinct technological challenges to this environment:
 
  • Small IT departments are called upon to support large numbers of users, so the WLAN solution cannot require time-intensive configuration and administration.
  • Wireless coverage issues are created by the campus sprawling layouts and the need to provide connectivity to multiple users in the confined area of a classroom.
  • Security compliance regulations require separation of student and faculty networks.
  • Uncertain budget processes require that the deployed WLAN ensure costs are kept low, leverage existing infrastructure, and offer advantages in terms of scale and price.

CORE REQUIREMENTS


Administrative Simplicity:

Overstretched IT Administrators operate in a tactical mode to resolve day-to-day operational issues, so their WLAN must feature easy deployment and administration.

Comprehensive Communications:

High standards of reliability are mandatory, to avoid impacting classroom productivity

Cost-Effectiveness:

School budgets demand a WLAN infrastructure capable of handling change transparently.

User Security:

Privacy of student information, even testing integrity, is of paramount importance.

High-Density Environment:

In the typical school, large numbers of users need concurrent access to the WLAN, so high capacity without coverage or mobility trade-offs is critical.
 
 

THE EXTRICOM EXPERIENCE


Ease of Deployment and Administration:

The Extricom WLAN solution can be put into production within a matter of days by personnel with basic skills, and administration is simple and centralized.
 

Guaranteed Service:

The Extricom Channel Blanket architecture provides the capability of separating students and staff on both the 2.4 GHz and 5GHz bands, and also provides load-balancing, to enable QoS differentiation and optimization on a per user-group basis.
 

The Lowest Cost of Ownership:

Extricom's solution is deployed and maintained with plug-and-play simplicity. The result is the lowest TCO in the industry.
 

A Secure Wi-Fi Environment:

Extricom embeds the strongest security available, without sacrificing mobility or performance.
 

Easily Scalable Infrastructure:

The Extricom Channel Blanket maximizes capacity and coverage with APs deployed in any density. Also, its ability to segregate 802.11n and 802.11a/b/g users on both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands can provide 7x to 10x more throughput than mixed 802.11a/b/g/n deployments.