Mt. Allison Uni Picks Chantry

Mount Allison University selects Chantry Networks' BeaconWorks for campus-wide wireless networking

November 1, 2004

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WALTHAM, Mass. -- Chantry Networks, the leading provider of secure integrated mobility management solutions for WLANs, has deployed a cost-effective, scalable and future-proof 802.11 a/b/g wireless network at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada. Mount Allison University selected BeaconWorks(TM), Chantry's flagship Layer 3 wireless networking product suite, for its unmatched security, availability and manageability. BeaconWorks' ability to leverage and easily integrate with an existing network infrastructure of switches from Cisco and Hewlett-Packard also saved the University time, money and resources.

"As with most smaller educational institutions, we need to make well informed, cost effective short term and long term technology investments in order to maintain a limited IT budget," said Helmut Becker, Director, Computer Services, Mount Allison University. "When we evaluated vendors providing wireless LAN solutions, we found Chantry Networks to be the best partner, delivering advanced technology, superior functionality with the best price per square foot ratio."

With a full-time enrollment of 2,250 students, Mount Allison University wanted to address the mobility needs of all students. However, the wireless network needed to be extremely secure - students can easily get viruses on their laptops and the transient nature of the university population both create significant security risks. With such a 'wide open' network, rogue access devices and unauthorized users could present both a problem and a drain on limited resources.

Chantry's BeaconWorks proved to be the solution to this challenge through its innovative, award-winning virtualization technology, VNSWorks(TM) (Virtual Network Services). Using VNSWorks, Mount Allison University has created multiple subnets to provide secure wireless Internet and network access to students and faculty across campus. Anyone who is not assigned to a subnet will not have access or authorization to the network.

Additionally, Mount Allison University required a wireless solution that could be centrally managed and allow for minimal labor expertise and expense for adding new access points. With BeaconWorks, Mount Allison has a central console for managing all BeaconMasters(TM) (routers) and BeaconPoints(TM) (access points). The management features also include the ability to upgrade these components through the central console. VNSWorks provides a Captive Portal feature, making it easier for the University to manage and administer various subnets.

"Technology investments should not be 'money pits,'" said Tom Racca, vice president of marketing, Chantry Networks. "Rather, customers should be able to understand all their hardware, software and maintenance costs at the start. Our product suite allows organizations of all sizes to realize the industry's best technology at the appropriate price point. BeaconWorks products also deliver shorter term return on investment through low maintenance costs. This truly is the best WLAN value in the marketplace."

Chantry Networks Inc.

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