Aruba 802.11ac Wi-Fi solution connects Stony Brook University campus

Stony Brook University, a part of the State University of New York (SUNY), has deployed Aruba’s 802.11ac Wi-Fi solution in key areas of its campus.

Stony Brook has upgraded its Javits Lecture Center and plans to outfit its new indoor sports complex with Aruba’s 802.11ac infrastructure to accommodate the increase in mobile and wireless devices that the University’s 24,000 students and 12,000+ staff are using on campus, said Aruba Networks in a statement.

Stony Brook has an existing Aruba Networks wireless LAN (WLAN) that covers the majority of the campus and is comprised of 3,000 Aruba 802.11n access points, the AirWave Network Management System and the ClearPass Access Management System.

In the University’s Javits Lecture Center, 10 lecture halls are used by approximately 17,000 students weekly, with an average lecture hall holding 200 students and the largest accommodating more than 500.

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The University deployed 44 Aruba AP-225 802.11ac access points to cover the Lecture Center’s 10 halls.

“With nearly 1,000 mobile devices accessing the network from Javits Lecture Center alone, and this number expecting to increase, it was clear that we needed to make the move to 802.11ac in high density areas to support our students’ and faculty’s use of the network,” said James Hart, director of Network Services at Stony Brook University.

In addition to the Javits Lecture Center, Stony Brook plans to expand 802.11ac access to its brand new Stony Brook Sports Complex, an indoor arena containing more than 4,000 seats. Working with Aruba, the University has already completed the design phase and expects to deploy 35 additional Aruba 802.11ac APs for the arena’s wireless access.

Stony Brook is already in the planning process for extending 802.11ac to more areas of its campus in 2014. The University’s residence halls, which experience similar high density challenges as the lecture halls face, will be first on the upgrade list.

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