Schools Across the Country See Higher Speed Gigabit WiFi As Key to Staying Ahead of the Technology Curve as Client Performance, Density and Bandwidth Demands Explode
Last July 1, 2015, Ruckus Wireless, Inc. announced that it has been selected by Columbia Public Schools to supply next generation Ruckus Smart WiFi products and technology. This will be the nation’s first production deployment of Gigabit class WiFi which utilizes the industry’s latest 802.11ac Wave 2 specification access point (AP). Other schools making the move to Ruckus Wave 2 Gigabit WiFi include Shelby County Schools (TN), Pitt County Schools (NC), and Vancouver Public Schools (WA).
Columbia Public Schools (CPS) covers 300 square miles between St. Louis and Kansas City, will be deploying more than 1,400 Ruckus ZoneFlex™R710 802.11ac Wave 2 APs. These access points are managed through a cluster of Ruckus SmartZone™ 100 controllers to serve over 18,000 students and staff, and nearly 20,000 WiFi-enabled devices across more than 30 K-12 schools.
The move to Gigabit WiFi services reflects the broader requirement for educational institutions across the country to deliver much more wireless capacity. This demand for capacity is being fueled by the need for wireless bandwidth in and out of the classroom, along with the influx of increasingly powerful smart mobile devices being used to access media-rich content and online digital curriculum. The Ruckus ZoneFlex R710 is simply the best performing and industry’s only shipping access point capable of delivering Gigabit WiFi services.
Fast and reliable WiFi access in now simply an imperative for delivering a 21st century education. The fact of the matter is that outside of the classroom, technology is such an important part of everyone’s lives that it must be seamlessly integrated into the educational environment and process.
Our goal was to push these boxes to their limit to see where they’d break by throwing as many unicast HD video streams at them as they could bear. With the Ruckus ZoneFlex R710, we simply couldn’t break it and were able to push more than 90 clients streaming HD video to a single AP. We just ran out of clients.
— Ruckus Wireless (@ruckuswireless) July 7, 2015
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