University of Lausanne

450 Centrally Managed Access Points Covering Three Sites

In the early 70s, the University established its primary campus encompassing 220 acres at Dorigny, on the edge of Lake Geneva, just west of the city. Two additional sites have since been added to the northeast of the city: Bugnon, where the University Hospital of the Canton of Vaud (CHUV), which is the primary site of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine, is situated; and Epalinges, where the Center for Immunology and Infection Lausanne (CIIL) and the Department of Biochemistry are located.

These three sites are interconnected with high-capacity fiber-optic links. All of the primary buildings are wired with 10 Gigabit Ethernet, while the university is connected to the Internet via a 10 Gbps link.

The deployment of a wireless network at UNIL began in 2003 using Cisco equipment. The network did not include authentication or encryption services, and only allowed limited usage within the university to exchange a few hundred megabytes of data per day. Coverage has gradually increased over the years; in 2008 the University’s IT department decided to enhance its Internet access using the new 802.11n standard. A study was commissioned to evaluate the latest available network solutions. Upon the conclusion of the evaluations, Ruckus Wireless network technology was selected.

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Requirements
  • Provide wireless networking coverage for all three sites of the University of Lausanne: Dorigny, Bugnon, Epalinges: 230 acres.
  • Support network speeds and simultaneous connections in constant growth, while optimizing the number of AP installed.
  • Make Wi-Fi network the standard Internet connection for UNIL students.
  • Ensure quality connection at all times.
Solution
  • 321 access points Ruckus 7962.
  • 121 access points Ruckus 7982.
  • 8 wireless bridges (4 pairs) Ruckus 7731, deployment ready, in case of disaster.
  • 2 controllers ZoneDirector 3500.