SOURCE: AirWave Wireless

September 25, 2006 08:30 ET

Loyola Marymount University Selects AirWave for Its Transition From 'Thick' to 'Thin' Wireless LAN Architecture

AirWave Software Is Used to Manage Campus-Wide Wireless Network

SAN MATEO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 25, 2006 -- AirWave Wireless, the leader in wireless network management and security, announced today that Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles has selected the AirWave Management Platform™ software to manage its campus-wide wireless network.

Loyola Marymount University is now in the final stages of completing a campus-wide wireless network deployment that began more than two years ago, when wireless hotspots were installed in the main library and two other campus buildings. When the installation concludes later this year, the wireless network will encompass seventeen residence halls housing more than 2,300 students, more than thirty classroom and administrative buildings, and even many outdoor areas.

In the earliest phases of the Wi-Fi network deployment, the school installed primarily autonomous Cisco wireless access points. For latest installations, the university elected to migrate to Cisco's newer centralized wireless network architecture, with LWAPP access points and controllers, for increased capacity and security.

The ability of the AirWave software to manage a diverse, multi-architecture network was one of the primary reasons Loyola Marymount initially investigated and selected the AirWave Management Platform. "While we're migrating most of our access points to LWAPP via a software update, some of the devices cannot be converted and need to remain as stand-alone IOS access points. The AirWave Management Platform™ (AMP) gives us one common platform from which to manage all these devices," said Gary Landau, Loyola Marymount's Director of Network Services. "AirWave's demonstrated ability to manage complex networks and legacy hardware also gives us confidence that we will be able to control our network even as wireless technologies and architectures continue to evolve," he added.

The AirWave software is installed on a single server in the university's network operations center. Loyola Marymount's IT staff uses the AirWave Management Platform software to monitor users and devices; configure the Wi-Fi network infrastructure; enforce configuration policies; generate usage data and historical trend reports; and diagnose network problems. The RAPIDS software automatically detects unauthorized 'rogue' access points connected to the campus network in violation of university policy. AirWave's VisualRF module calculates and displays the location of these rogue devices on building maps, along with the location of the authorized access points and users.

"From its reporting capabilities to the overall ease of use of the system, the AirWave software provided features and functionality that we simply could not find anywhere else," noted Landau.

"Loyola Marymount's decision to install a campus-wide wireless network is clear evidence of their ongoing commitment to provide their students and faculty the educational resources they need," said AirWave CEO Gary Hegna. "We're delighted to work with them to ensure that network is manageable, reliable, and secure -- now and in the future," he stated.

About AirWave

AirWave Wireless, Inc. is the leading developer of network management software solutions that provide administrators a single point of intelligent control to monitor, analyze, and configure their wireless network infrastructure. The privately held company is headquartered in San Mateo, California, and is backed by investors Westbury Equity Partners, Ignition Partners and Idealab. The company's patent-pending AirWave Management Platform™ software is sold through a global network of value-added resellers and systems integrators. For more information, visit the company's website at www.airwave.com.

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