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May 14, 2013 09:00 ET

Tire Rack Implements Xirrus for High-Performance Wi-Fi

Xirrus Provides Wired-Like Reliability and Seamless Collaboration; System Supports Bulk File Transfer and Future Video Streaming From Renowned Tire Rack Test Track

THOUSAND OAKS, CA--(Marketwired - May 14, 2013) - Xirrus®, the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks, today announced the deployment of its wireless solutions at Tire Rack, America's largest independent tire tester and consumer-direct source for tires, wheels and performance accessories. Providing complete Wi-Fi coverage in Tire Rack's new Office Annex in South Bend, Indiana, the fast, reliable, high-capacity Xirrus Wi-Fi system supports a wide range of applications from traditional collaboration functions to major bandwidth-hogging tasks like multi-100Mbyte file transfers -- all with wired-like performance.

"The speed and performance of the Xirrus Arrays are simply astounding. Xirrus provides employees with the proper tools to maximize productivity and minimize congestion due to technical problems," says Jean Roberson, chief information officer of Tire Rack. "We particularly see our marketing department benefitting from the installation of Xirrus, which provides the ability for multiple concurrent users to collaborate and share huge digital photos and advertisements with ease."

When selecting a Wi-Fi solution, Tire Rack saw reliability and scalability as a critical concern in the selection of a Wi-Fi solution. The Xirrus Management System (XMS), provides full monitoring and management of the Xirrus network. This includes integrated rogue detection, location, and mitigation to maintain a secure, high-functioning environment. Tire Rack says the entire Xirrus system took just five minutes to mount each Array and 15 minutes to configure.

Roberson further notes, "We are only at the beginning of leveraging this technology to empower our internal team and customers. For instance, our test track hosts comprehensive tire tests throughout the year. Xirrus Arrays offer the possibility for our testers to stand on the track infield gathering data completely wirelessly, which is a huge benefit for Tire Rack. What's even more exciting is the possibility of wirelessly streaming video feeds from in-car cameras as they traverse our test track -- and the Xirrus system can handle it all, no matter the load."

"Tire Rack is an excellent example of how Xirrus helps transform business," says Bruce Miller, vice president, product marketing for Xirrus. "The Xirrus Arrays enable business people to focus on the business. In the case of Tire Rack, the executives and marketing team never need to stop a project, meeting, or brainstorm session to address bandwidth issues. This equates to more time, energy, and hours in the day devoted to business-critical tasks, and fewer hours devoted to fixing internal IT snafus."

About Xirrus, Inc.
Xirrus is the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks. Xirrus solutions perform under the most demanding circumstances, offering consistent "wired-like" performance with superior coverage and security. The Xirrus suite of Wi-Fi optimized solutions -- Arrays, access points, cloud services, and wired switches -- provide seamless connectivity and unified management across the network. Xirrus provides a vital strategic business and IT infrastructure advantage to industries that depend on wireless to operate business-critical applications. With tens of thousands of customer solutions deployed globally, Xirrus maintains operations and partnerships across the globe. Xirrus is a privately held company and is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA. For more information, please visit: www.xirrus.com and follow us on Twitter: @Xirrus.

About Tire Rack
Tire Rack, family-owned and headquartered in South Bend, Indiana, is America's largest independent tire tester and consumer-direct source for tires, wheels and performance accessories. Their team of over 100 test drivers (their sales team) tests tires from every major tire manufacturer on the company's state-of-the-art, 11.7-acre test facility. The findings are then posted on the company's website, www.tirerack.com, where consumers can make an educated decision on a tire, wheel or performance accessory purchase. Tire Rack has also collected results from more than 150,000 consumer surveys representing over 2.7 billion miles of real-world tire data, the largest known cache of such information anywhere. In addition various testing and informational videos are available online in their Video Center at www.tirerack.com/videos. Since 1979, Tire Rack has grown from a single-point retail store in Indianapolis to encompass over 2 million square feet of space in six distribution centers across the country. A diverse and broad in-stock inventory from 18 major tire and 50 wheel brands can be delivered anywhere in the country in two days or less. A national network of over 8,000 independent Recommended installers are available to assist customers with installation of their purchases.