September 4, 2008

Emmanuel College Selects Ruckus to Replace Existing Wi-Fi Network

Emmanuel College, a private Christian college in northeast Georgia, US, has selected Ruckus Wireless to replace its existing 802.11g Wi-Fi network with a campus-wide 802.11n wireless LAN based on Smart Wi-Fi technology.

Smart Wi-Fi combines technical advances in RF signal routing and adaptive antenna arrays with centralized wireless LAN (WLAN) management. The combination of these technologies enables a centrally-controlled Wi-Fi environment that provides better coverage and more reliable Wi-Fi signals that automatically adapt to environmental changes.

According to Ruckus, Emmanuel selected its ZoneFlex 802.11n system and began standardizing on the technology across its campus. The Ruckus ZoneFlex Smart WLAN system allowed Emmanuel to move to 802.11n technology.

The newly deployed 802.11n network provides Wi-Fi coverage through 31 ZoneFlex Smart Wi-Fi access points. Central management is provided through the Ruckus ZoneDirector Smart WLAN system which directly interfaces with Emmanuel's Active Directory authentication server.

Glenn Toney, IT director at Emmanuel, said: "Our budget effectively ruled out a centrally-managed 802.11n system until we found Ruckus. Ruckus had a more intelligent and cost-effective implementation of 802.11n that adds value where others don't such as controlling the signal path to ensure reliable connections and performance."