SOURCE: Bluesocket

July 12, 2010 13:03 ET

North Idaho College Enables Their Students With Advanced Wireless Infrastructure, by Bluesocket ™

6,500 Students and Staff Connected With Faster, More Secure Internet Access

BURLINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - July 12, 2010) -  North Idaho College, a comprehensive community college, today announced that they have selected Bluesocket's wireless technology to facilitate their students and staff with always on and always available wireless access.

The campus located in the resort city of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho is best described as a small city with 5,500 students and 1,000 employees populating a beautiful 45 acre campus. A large volume of students move in and out each year and the devices they carry are multiplying and diversifying. The college had a mission to introduce a flexible, cost effective wireless solution that would enable their users to stay connected continuously and securely, while at the same time, allowing their IT department to effectively manage the increasing number of devices being introduced by the students and staff. "Our students benefit through a common access approach at all of our locations by using their own, familiar computing devices. They like this independence and convenience," said Steve Ruppel, Director of IT at North Idaho College.

"The IT team gained new levels of visibility into the network with Bluesocket's Blueview Management System. The management system summarizes bandwidth usage across the network and offers extensive reporting of network usage," said Ben Henkels, Principal at Communication Management Partners and IT consultant for the college. "Simplicity was a key consideration in the design of the management system and the architecture. In today's environments, the WLAN solution needs to be easy to install and maintain, as well as intuitive when managing users and devices," said Patrick Foy, VP of Engineering, Bluesocket.

North Idaho College is an extremely busy campus with events running all year. Folks from around the county come to the campus to enjoy athletic events, Ironman triathlons, art festivals, and one of the largest theatres in the state. With Bluesocket's wireless in place, the college can facilitate these visitors with secure and easy access to the wireless network.

Offering this level of innovation, at a state funded and community college is revolutionary and was only possible because of the forward thinking of the North Idaho College IT team and the cost effective, high quality solution provided by Bluesocket. The college now offers an environment for superior learning, at a lower cost than private colleges.

The Bluesocket advantage

  • Accelerated Wireless Performance, Bluesocket's roaming and optimized packet routing creates a seamless user experience for the wireless user

  • Flexibility, Bluesocket provides a flexible solution that can operate in multiple deployments from a branch office to a large campus environment while offering low cost of ownership and optimal performance

  • Zero Site Failover with Zero packet loss, Bluesocket's guarantee of zero failover with zero packet loss ensures business continuity in the event of a failure

  • Scalability, The Bluesocket distributed architecture enables over a 10x increase in the total traffic

  • Protected data, Identity-based QoS and Fairness Algorithms are applied at the access point. Tightly integrated security modules offer robust and scalable NAC, Guest Access, AAA and WIDS capability

  • Simplicity, Bluesocket's management software provides a rich set of visual tools for analyzing and troubleshooting the wireless network

About North Idaho College:
Founded in 1933, North Idaho College is a comprehensive community college located on the beautiful shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene. NIC offers more than 80 degrees and certificates in a wide spectrum of academic transfer, professional-technical, and general education programs. Approximately 5,700 students are enrolled in credit classes and more than 8,000 participate annually in non-credit courses.

The college serves a five-county region through outreach centers in Bonners Ferry, Kellogg, and Ponderay, as well as through an extensive array of Internet and interactive video conferencing courses. NIC also plays a key role in the region's economic development by preparing competent, trained employees for area businesses, industries, and government agencies.

NIC's campus lies within the city limits of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, a lakeside city with a growing population of 38,388 residents. Metropolitan amenities are close by with Spokane, Washington, a city of 195,695, just 30 minutes away and a Spokane-Coeur d'Alene metropolitan area of more than 700,000.

About Bluesocket:
Bluesocket™ is the leading provider of virtual wireless solutions for healthcare, education, government, hospitality and enterprise. Bluesocket's award winning vWLAN® 802.11n technology is the first truly distributed wireless architecture, supporting decisions at the edge of the network and managing them with one centralized server. The Bluesocket vWLAN® solution offers optimized performance, cost efficiencies, scalability and unique features like zero failover with zero packet loss. 2600 customers and partners, in more than 47 countries choose Bluesocket for innovative wireless solutions.

Bluesocket, the Bluesocket logo, BlueProtect, BlueSecure and vWLAN are trademarks or registered trademarks of Bluesocket, Inc. All other trademarks, trade names and company names referenced herein are used for identification only and are the property of their respective companies.

About Communication Management Partners:
Communication Management Partners is a privately held company with its primary office in Spokane, WA. Established since 2001, it has been a full service telecommunication brokerage and consulting firm to hundreds of customers from small companies to NYSE traded organizations. As an independent broker the company represents over 35 telecommunication carriers and network providers for services nationwide. For additional information please visit or e-mail

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