Tennessee Tech University extends Aerohive Wi-Fi network

Controller-less Wi-Fi architecture enables the network to be extended and scaled up easily, while also providing consistent connectivity and access to university staff on the road

Tennessee Tech University extends Aerohive Wi-Fi network

Aerohive Networks is to extend its Wi-Fi network at Tennessee Tech University (TTU) in the US. The university has been relying on Aerohive’s controller-less Wi-Fi and cloud-managed mobile network to provide scalable and reliable connectivity for its growing student body and university staff since 2011.

Tennessee Tech University is the state’s only public technological university, which is nationally ranked and offers more than 40 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs across six academic divisions. The university consists of 87 buildings on more than 200 acres and enrolls more than 11,700 students.

TTU began to see a growing student and employee population and needed to re-evaluate its entire aging network infrastructure from the ground up, while ultimately cutting high IT costs and making its investments matter.

The university chose Aerohive’s cloud-managed Wi-Fi solutions, which thanks to its controller-less architecture, would enable the large campus to quickly and cost-effectively scale without limitations. Additionally, because of the increased use of Apple products by students and faculty on campus, Aerohive’s Bonjour Gateway feature stood out for its Apple-friendly capabilities.

Aerohive’s proprietary Bonjour Gateway solution significantly simplifies the support of Apple-compatible devices at universities, making Apple services such as AirPrint, AirPlay and remote display with Apple TV usable across large networks, ideal for TTU’s on and off-campus classrooms in which Apple usage is dominant.

TTU classrooms also rely on mobile online learning environments, which allow students to log in to a virtual desktop using any device. Aerohive’s resilient wireless network has played a key role in supporting this BYOD-friendly system while creating a secure learning environment and boosting student and professor productivity with high-performance connectivity.

The university also relies on Aerohive’s branch routers for its travelling university administrators, athletic recruiters, who require consistent connectivity and access to TTU resources even while on the road. With Aerohive BR100 Routers, TTU’s network administrators can run a thousand remote office VPNs as easily as a single location while providing secure access to central resources.

Not only does TTU’s vast community of remote and travelling staff and administrators benefit, but also the simplified network management offered by Aerohive’s HiveManager has empowered the university’s IT staff. They can now easily manage, monitor and control the network from a central location, enabling them to do their work without travelling across the campus.

With the Aerohive system, TTU has been able to add more access points as the university grows and demand increases.

Jerry Boyd, director of network services and operations at Tennessee Tech University, said: “As the environment changes, we have to adapt to it. That’s one of the nice things about Aerohive; we’re not concerned at all about controllers, which limit how quickly we can grow a network. Aerohive’s controller-less architecture has allowed us to quickly and cost-effectively scale while keeping up with the connectivity needs of our exploding student population and staff.”

“We are seeing faculty and student populations on the rise with our higher education customers. As a result, there is a market need for highly distributed and reliable networks both on and off campus for students and employees,” said David Greene, chief marketing officer, Aerohive Networks.

“Today’s students are demanding BYOD support in order to learn most effectively in modern higher education. We’re proud to help these institutions adapt and provide mobile-friendly education environments, while still ensuring a cost-effective yet highly efficient and secure networking system.”


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