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Wireless Networks Thread, Meraki vs Ruckus in Technical; Originally Posted by localzuk So you have 100% internet connectivity? I know most of us don't... you could always leave ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    So you have 100% internet connectivity? I know most of us don't...
    you could always leave your RBC and get an SLA with 99.9%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    you could always leave your RBC and get an SLA with 99.9%.
    In a rural area? For the same or less spend? Without the Harnessing Technology grant (topsliced per agreement with all heads in Somerset). No chance...

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Because 'the cloud' in education is many years off. Internet connectivity in schools is in no shape to move to cloud reliance. 1 lesson of lost ICT connectivity can mean the loss of an entire section of the curriculum in some subjects. That's time you can't get back.

    I agree about TCO as the driver. Which is one of the reasons I chose Ruckus. The TCO is good and low.
    i use aerohives hive manager which is cloud based, but unlike any other solution its not a controller just a central management software allowing you to see the performance of the network and ap's......

    one tip i would say- get way from your controllers there old out dated and serves a purpose that no longer is needed, do it at the edge.... you wouldnt have a bouncer in the middle of a night club stoppping people coming in would you, there on the doors at the edge!!! Aerohives honestly works exceptionally check it out

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicko17 View Post
    i use aerohives hive manager which is cloud based, but unlike any other solution its not a controller just a central management software allowing you to see the performance of the network and ap's......

    one tip i would say- get way from your controllers there old out dated and serves a purpose that no longer is needed, do it at the edge.... you wouldnt have a bouncer in the middle of a night club stoppping people coming in would you, there on the doors at the edge!!! Aerohives honestly works exceptionally check it out
    Considering controllers only really matured as a technology in the last 5 years IMO, they are certainly not out dated!

    The idea of outsourcing your central infrastructure is way out there in my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicko17 View Post
    one tip i would say- get way from your controllers there old out dated and serves a purpose that no longer is needed, do it at the edge.... you wouldnt have a bouncer in the middle of a night club stoppping people coming in would you, there on the doors at the edge!!! Aerohives honestly works exceptionally check it out
    This isn't strictly true, most of the controllers provide VLANS for the access points. In conjunction with firewalls they are the bouncers between the outside wireless network and the internal infrastructure.

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    HP's wireless is NO good I have it it not reliable!!!!! Management is rubbish unless you buy procure manager. In eduction Ruckus is like going for an HP network rather than a Cisco you get the performance at 40% less cost.

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    Guys - A whole load of exchanges now offer ethernet (10 / 100) conecticity via fibre and copper connections so cost of bandwidth is no longer a barrier to cloud adoption. Companies like Opal, NTL Expo E and Global Crossing all provide 100mb internet at amazing costs - From our side all of the spending reviews have allowed us to look outside and its amazing what you can get for 8/10k

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrJon View Post
    Guys - A whole load of exchanges now offer ethernet (10 / 100) conecticity via fibre and copper connections so cost of bandwidth is no longer a barrier to cloud adoption. Companies like Opal, NTL Expo E and Global Crossing all provide 100mb internet at amazing costs - From our side all of the spending reviews have allowed us to look outside and its amazing what you can get for 8/10k
    You are in London. Not everyone is. A 10Mbit fibre was quoted to us as £12.5kpa by BT recently (the only people capable of providing in our area). 30Mbits went up to £17.5kpa. For a school with 600 kids, there is no way we can afford that cost.

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    What a long threat - what happened with the WiFi - what dod you buy?

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    Interesting thread, amazed there has been no mention of Xirrus whastsoever

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    Quote Originally Posted by barney View Post
    Interesting thread, amazed there has been no mention of Xirrus whastsoever
    overpriced and underpowered , hows that lol

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    Joking aside, underpowered?

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    Quote Originally Posted by barney View Post
    Joking aside, underpowered?
    compared to the likes of some of the big players , extricom ect, but there pricing is well above most peoples budgets.
    pound for pound Ruckus is the most cost effective solution that WORKS lol
    Last edited by TopBanana; 3rd November 2010 at 02:35 PM.

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    I have a 3Com Campus wide managed network with 60 access points and have had a Xirrus array for "guest/mobile" student access in the main foyer area. It's will cost me considerably less to replace than I originally paid to replace all my 3Com kit with Xirrus arrays and I will need 10 arrays rather than 60 AP's. From what I have seen here and in higher education I personally wouldn't describer their kit and underpowered, the opposite if anything.

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    What did you buy in the end? Let us know pls?



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