Westmont College jumps to Gigabit Wi-Fi for three reasons: "Speed, speed and speed"

CIO calls Meraki network 'one of the best purchasing decisions I've made in my career'

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Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif., was the first school in the country to deploy an all-802.11n network when, four years ago, it rolled out 290 Meraki access points to bring nearly complete coverage to dorms, classrooms and campus buildings.

Westmont College was the first school in the country to deploy an all-802.11n network when, four years ago, it rolled out 290 Meraki access points to bring nearly complete coverage to dorms, classrooms and campus buildings.

So, it’s no surprise that CIO Reed Sheard is moving quickly to keep Westmont College, a small liberal arts school in Santa Barbara, Calif., on the cutting edge by upgrading to 802.11ac. And the fact that Cisco bought Meraki in 2012 is a plus, Sheard says, because the college’s wired infrastructure just happens to be 100% Cisco.

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