Extricom answers Wi-Fi challenges set by education providers

Extricom, the designer and manufacturer of an award-winning enterprise Wireless LAN system, represents a new generation of WLAN infrastructure for providing converged data, voice, and video services over wireless with the dependability and performance of a wired network.

Varlink added Extricom to its portfolio to address one of the fastest growing areas of opportunity for the IT channel. Bringing Extricom on board has allowed Varlink to branch out into new markets, offering customers a completely new addition to their solution set.

Extricom's solution enables superior coverage, throughput and mobility for all devices. Wireless clients associate with the Extricom switch and do not need to scan, re-associate or re-authenticate as they move – there is no Access Point-to-Access Point (APs) hand-off within the blanket. This translates to continuous mobility and a high performance wireless connection anywhere inside the Channel Blanket.

Extricom allows APs to be placed closely together providing highest data rates coverage throughout the deployment, and, thanks to overlapping blankets on independent channels, it is possible to multiply the capacity at every point of the deployment using the same access points.

Cell planning does not provide effective reuse in enterprise settings. In practice, it results in interference and reduced capacity. The Extricom solution allows each radio channel to be used everywhere, on every access point. This is especially important in high user density environments – in fact, we believe that out of the various scenarios in this area, Extricom can really shine at the more challenging campus environment.

Extricom is an easy to deploy "Plug-&-Play" solution, APs can be simply added avoiding the complexities of RF cell planning. Extricom's technology eliminates the complexities of wireless deployments and planning to make wireless easier and more cost-effective than the alternatives.

Extricom has strived in market sectors such as education, logistics, warehouses and distribution centres, large venues, healthcare and hospitality.

Extricom has been particularly successful in the education sector where it has met the demanding challenges of primary schools and even large university campuses. When education providers require a wireless solution they need to consider several core elements. This includes Access Points, switches / controllers, backend system like Radius servers for authentication and security, and intuitive and easy to use network management systems.

Education providers face the challenge of having a wireless solution that enables predictable and reliable service for advanced e-learning applications including high density video intensive 1 to 1 classrooms that require perfect Wi-Fi coverage and extensive bandwidth. Education providers also require meeting security regulations for correctly handling BYOD devices of students, staff and guests. Simple deployment and management of the Wi-Fi solution is another important challenge.

To overcome these challenges, Extricom provides constant uninterrupted coverage throughout the school campus. No AP-to-AP roaming ensures seamless mobility, continuity and optimal service delivery for 1 to 1 laptops & tablets and BYOD devices. The Extricom solution allows each radio channel to be used on every AP, to create blankets of coverage, which eliminate co-channel interference. Extricom also supports multiple blankets, each separately and securely serving students, staff and guests. Extricom provides a "Plug-&-Play" solution, which is perfect for education IT staffs. Fast, easy and simple to deploy – no complex RF cell planning.

Extricom wireless LAN has helped revolutionise learning for primary and secondary schools, for a list of Extricom's success stories, please visit http://www.extricom.com/category/education

Extricom will continue leading the high end Wi-Fi market through providing complete, constant and uninterrupted Wi-Fi coverage to assure a perfect Wi-Fi experience at schools and classrooms of the digital era.

About Varlink

Varlink is a specialist distributor of mobile computing and associated barcoding and data capture products. Our products are marketed to specialist mobile computing solution resellers and to IT resellers & systems integrators who want to develop or build a position in the supply of mobile computing and data capture products or solutions.

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