Newcastle Grammar deploys Xirrus's wireless network
Dec 12, 2012 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) --
Xirrus, a provider of wireless networks, has announced that Newcastle Grammar, a co-educational school in Australia, has deployed Xirrus's wireless network.
Newcastle Grammar previously had only a wired system in place, but wanted to continue their leadership in technology and install a wireless network. The network needed to accommodate a large amount of throughput content such as 150 sessions of 8Mbps each. Many providers could not offer a practical solution due to the layout of the school and the dense population of wireless devices, Xirrus said.
"We've been using an IT infrastructure for about eighteen years; we have a fiber optic network which was put in seven years ago, and we're on the leading edge in educational technology" Phil Hale, IT Manager of Newcastle Grammar explained.
"We use the wireless network heavily in our science department. The microscopes plug directly into the laptops, allowing digital video to be run wirelessly for demonstrations in front of the class. We also use the wireless to provide video, PowerPoint presentations, lesson plans etc. all across the multi-acre campus. The performance of the wireless network allows our students to stream video simultaneously. Some files are as high as 8MB, which our old network could not manage. As you can tell, we like to use a lot of very rich multi-media content in the classroom and the Xirrus solution makes that possible."
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