Educational WiFi: Still Fat
Educational establishments have been at the forefront of the WiFi revolution and even today run some of the largest WLAN networks in existence. Just this week, Ohio State University announced that it is using Aruba Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: ARUN) gear to deploy what may be the largest WLAN network in the world.(See Aruba Wins at Ohio State.)
Airwave says that the survey, conducted in August, included a random sampling of IT departments and network administrators from colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada. 64 percent of respondents today have wireless networks with 100 or more access points with plans to expand; 11 percent have more than 1,000 APs in place today.
The survey showed that 67 percent of the establishments have "fat" access points today; 35 percent use a centralized "thin" AP architecture; and 18 percent use both thick and thin APs simultaneously.
"I was surprised at this too," Airwave's COO Greg Murphy. He had expected more centralized systems to be in place.
The survey finds, however, that within two years, 65 percent expect to use skinny APs and 43 percent expect to operate "multi-architecture" wireless networks.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung