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July 15, 2015 08:25 ET

Xirrus Where the Wires End Survey Highlights Reliance on Wi-Fi Everywhere

Study Reveals Insight Into Consumers' Expectations of, and Dependence on Wi-Fi Connectivity

THOUSAND OAKS, CA--(Marketwired - Jul 15, 2015) - Xirrus, the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks, today revealed the results of its Where the Wires End Survey. The survey polled hundreds of respondents in North America and Europe on their Wi-Fi habits and expectations. The results highlight the far-reaching impact Wi-Fi has on users' daily lives, as well as its importance to the future of communication. Increased adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) further demonstrates the growing demands for Wi-Fi networks to deliver optimal performance, reliability and security.

The rapid expansion of IoT and BYOD necessitate that all businesses re-evaluate how they design their Wi-Fi networks to meet users' expectations to connect anywhere, on any device, at any time. Xirrus' Where the Wires End Survey found a vast majority of consumers (76 percent) connect to Wi-Fi outside of their home on a regular basis. Moreover, the study revealed the growing expectation of connectivity everywhere. Additional key findings include:

  • Wi-Fi usage trumps security: Most respondents (79 percent) do not feel that public Wi-Fi is secure; however, the majority of users (62 percent) still connect to public Wi-Fi.

  • Travelers would change hotels and airlines for better Wi-Fi: More than half (66 percent) of travelers would change hotels for a better Wi-Fi experience; 49 percent would change their preferred airline provider.

  • "Bad" Wi-Fi keeps workers from doing their jobs: A large majority (84 percent) of respondents reported bad Wi-Fi has kept them from doing their job.

  • Wearables and IoT adoption create demand for high-density Wi-Fi: Today, almost all consumers (90 percent) own at least one once connected device (e.g., laptop, smartphone or tablet); however, a surprising number (one in three) own a wearable device of some kind (e.g., smartwatch, fitness band).

"We are now more than ever a mobile, wireless-reliant society," said Shane Buckley, Xirrus CEO. "The proliferation of Wi-Fi connected devices combined with the expectation of steadfast connectivity has put increased demand on Wi-Fi networks everywhere. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the enterprise. Our study highlights the need for organizations to reinforce their networks to ensure a seamless connected experience for users at all times, no matter the location."

To download a free copy of Where the Wires End Survey 2015, visit http://www.xirrus.com/where-the-wires-end-study/

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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 -- high density access points, 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.

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