SOURCE: D-Link Systems, Inc.

June 24, 2008 09:00 ET

D-Link Solves Wi-Fi Coverage and Management Issues for Pittsburgh Theology School

Free 'Test Drive Promotion' Switch Demo Leads to Cost-Effective Centralized Management Solution for Linking Buildings Across Campus

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA--(Marketwire - June 24, 2008) - Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate-level educational institution that has been preparing pastors and lay leaders for more than 200 years. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA), the student body currently includes students from over 30 different denominations. The seminary enrolls nearly 400 students on a campus that covers one square block in the East End of Pittsburgh.

Like many educational institutions with limited budgets, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary needed a wireless networking solution that would not require a big budget outlay. The school's existing wireless Internet access failed to cover important areas like the library, classrooms and meeting areas across the campus. What the seminary needed were wireless access points (APs) and a switching solution that would allow the institution to centrally manage everything from one simple interface.

While browsing online for a cost-effective solution, Dave Middleton, Network Administrator at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, came across the D-Link® Test Drive Promotion for a free xStack® demo switch -- the D-Link 24-Port Gigabit Wireless Ready Switch with PoE (DXS-3227P). "D-Link gave us the switch for free, the price was right and the unit met our requirements for centralized management," he said.

"In general, the solutions we looked at were way too pricey. I was looking for a switching solution we could control centrally and manage 20 to 30 APs in separate buildings. Yet we needed something inexpensive," Middleton said. "We needed the flexibility to implement tighter security measures down the road, but at the same time required a solution that was easy to implement, without having to replace equipment."

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary received the xStack DXS-3227P for free via the Test Drive Promotion, then purchased 20 802.11g Wireless APs with PoE (DWL-2230) and, looking for future scalability, also bought a 50 AP license (DS-750) to expand as needed. The school also installed six 16-Port Gigabit Web Smart switches (DGS-1216T), one 48-Port Gigabit Web Smart switch, and a 24-Port Managed Layer 2 switch (DGS-3100) at satellite locations. D-Link's branded DEM-311GT Mini Gigabit Interface Connectors (GBICs) were used in the switches to tie into a redundant fiber backbone.

"Other vendors had similar solutions, but D-Link was the only company with a reasonably priced, centrally managed switch that could communicate with access points connected to a switch in a separate building," Middleton said. "Most other solutions in our price range required that access points be plugged directly into the central switch."

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary now has five different buildings and the surrounding areas covered with a single SSID across the campus. "There's no need to distinguish between Dorm1, Dorm2, and so forth," said Middleton, adding that now study areas, meeting areas, and classrooms are all covered with high-performance wireless equipment. "People come in from all around world, and they can pull up their presentation and they're good to go."

"We now have a modern campus with seamless coverage," he said. "Best of all, the entire network is centrally managed and the pricing was within our budget."

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D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for small, medium and large enterprise business networking. The company is an award-winning designer, developer and manufacturer of networking, broadband, digital electronics, voice, data and video communications solutions for the digital home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup to Enterprise environments. With millions of networking and connectivity products manufactured and shipped, D-Link is a dominant market participant and price/performance leader in the networking and communications market. D-Link Systems, Inc. headquarters are located at 17595 Mt. Herrmann Street, Fountain Valley, Calif., 92708. Phone (800) 326-1688 or (714) 885-6000; FAX (866) 743-4905; Internet www.dlink.com.

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