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July 30, 2009

Australian College Increases Student Learning with Xirrus Wi-Fi

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Xirrus, Inc., has announced that their partner inTechnology Distribution has successfully deployed Xirrus high performance Wi-Fi throughout St Andrew's Anglican College located in Queensland, Australia.

St Andrew’s Anglican College is a co-educational College catering for 920 students from Prep to Year 12, growing to a maximum of around 1200 in future years.
Xirrus officials said that the company’s Wi-Fi deployment places St Andrew's at the forefront of Wi-Fi with class-leading performance that will support all digital learning initiatives well into the future.
“St Andrew’s has always considered technology an important part of modern day learning. Integrating technology into the classroom is constantly reviewed with an IT committee meeting regularly to ensure that technology is utilized throughout the curriculum”, said Reverend Chris Ivey, principal at St Andrew's.
He said students are encouraged to become global learners through all resources available.
Rory Chapman the IT Manger said that after careful assessment of a number of different brands and the dealers associated with them the college decided on Xirrus.
Chapman said that there were a number of factors contributing to this decision.
“We loved the fact that Xirrus actually came to our college and did a site survey with the exact equipment we were looking to purchase therefore guaranteeing that we were going to get the coverage and performance that we wanted”, he said.
Chapman said that the college also found their technical and sales staff to be friendly, honest, and very helpful.
“For us the fact that we were able to get the client density we required without having large amounts of access points and thereby saving ourselves money on cabling and additional switches, was key in the decision making process,” he added.
Craig Clegg, product manager for Xirrus at inTechnology Distribution said that the Xirrus Wi-Fi deployment at St Andrew’s has been extremely successful.
“I personally do not like to box drop and I know that the team at inTechnology takes pride in ensuring that technologies such as Xirrus Wi-Fi genuinely suit the customer’s needs. The Wi-Fi client densities found in education today have surpassed that of any enterprise environment and Xirrus is normally the best product for schools to implement to avoid costly cabling and troublesome radio channel configuration exercises,” Clegg said.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek

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