Fitchburg State College (FSC) replaced its existing wireless network, which was not a centrally managed solution, with Enterasys’ offering prior to the start of the 2006 academic year.
Charles Maner, the college’s chief information officer, said: FSC has many historic buildings that can’t easily be wired, so wireless is a cost-effective way to bring ubiquitous network access throughout the campus.
Mr Maner highlighted the importance of wireless connectivity, calling it an integral teaching tool, without which many of the college’s lessons could not be taught: A reliable, robust wireless infrastructure is absolutely mission-critical for an academic environment like ours.
Mr Maner continued: The best ‘feature’ of the Enterasys solution from my perspective is that we don’t have to touch it; it just works, and our students and faculty benefit from the always-on availability and predictable performance it offers.
FSC’s wireless network includes Enterasys RoamAbout 8400 wireless switching and more than 100 RoamAbout access points throughout the campus. Enterasys’ partner, Rutter Networking Technologies, managed the implementation of the wireless solution.
According to Enterasys, Mr Maner is planning to use RoamAbout Switch Manager’s ability to automatically determine wireless coverage in any part of a building to avoid unnecessary overlaps and dead spots and to optimize the deployment of the college’s wireless access points.
Enterasys has also said that, in future, Mr Maner is also hoping to expand the college’s wireless deployment to include its major outdoor gathering area, as well as common areas of its five primary residence halls.