Higher Education

Elevate the College Student Experience with Secure Campus Wi-Fi and Switches

Students view campus Wi-Fi as a utility, not only in the classroom, but especially in the residence hall—as basic as electricity or running water. Accessing high-bandwidth video, gaming, class materials, and social applications is a large part of engaging in campus life. By asking students to spend years at your institution, you need to be prepared to give them the same kind of social, mobile and connected experiences on campus that they have at home.

To do this, you need to onboard and manage thousands of diverse devices without creating headaches for users and the help desk, deliver consistent performance across every dorm room with access points built for education, and accommodate guests using University Wi-Fi, without compromising security.

It’s a lot pressure—the kind that makes students tweet out complaints to the Chancellor. Don’t stress- Ruckus can help.

To get started, read the 10 common myths about college and univeristy Wi-Fi deployments in this white paper.


77% of business officers rate higher-performing residence hall networks as critical for attracting and retaining students.* Yet, only half of campuses limit residence hall bandwidth to optimize the student experience.

College students grew up as digital natives, with access to high-speed Wi-Fi networks regularly. They expect the same digital experience in their dorm that they had at home, with wicked fast download speeds and automatic connectivity of all devices. Instead, students get to campus and consistently lose Wi-Fi connections and can’t load videos or remember their passwords, leading them to submit endless help-desk tickets – or worse, plugging in their own router. Don’t worry - we can fix that.

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Hassle-Free Access

40% of IT service desks volume is password related, with an annual cost of $118 per student on password resets.** Wouldn’t you like to spend that time and money elsewhere?

Not only do passwords affect IT, they greatly impact the student experience. Students expect to easily and securely connect and use their devices as they arrive on campus and return from a weekend with new devices. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, with campus Wi-Fi portals requiring a login each time there is a disconnect and mandatory password changes every 6 months. This leads to students having to login 10+ times per day or being locked out of their devices. Ditch the passwords and move to a simple certificate-based solution with Ruckus Cloudpath.

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Connect Anywhere on Campus

Only 56% of colleges report having comprehensive Wi-Fi throughout 81-100% of their campus.* This lack of coverage is concerning- students need to be able to connect to any device, anywhere on campus, without interruption.

From the lecture hall to the residence hall, the library to the student union, the outdoor quad to the laundry basement, students expect perfect Wi-Fi. They want to do homework in the outdoor quad and stream Netflix from their dorm room without interruption. Luckily, with Ruckus adaptive antenna technology, your Wi-Fi infrastructure can dynamically optimize for each device connecting to it, continually reconfiguring itself to address interference, high device density, and coverage problems in real time.

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** Gartner Group

Delivering uninterrupted WiFi in a secure, user-friendly, and scalable manner is imperative for Higher Education. The Cloudpath Enrolment System makes it simple. 

The expectation on campus that WiFi connectivity is easy and predictable is higher than ever. Users expect to connect quickly, easily and conveniently. Once connected, they expect their devices to work throughout the year without disruption. As the WiFi network has grown from a luxury to an expectation, the value of WiFi connectivity has multiplied, leading to always-connected options like eduroam. Meanwhile, the number of devices and the types of devices are expanding, making it more difficult to establish a favourable first impression. 

Today, as the de facto standard for supporting large populations of unmanaged devices, hundreds of universities use Cloudpath to onboard millions of student devices around the globe.

Cloudpath ES allows secure WiFi to be extended to all users on all devices. The simple, yet powerful workflow engine enables nearly any use case that one can conjure to include visitors, alumni, contractors and more. Cloudpath ES supports the full range of guest access mechanisms, including sponsorship, social media, custom OAuth, one-time-passwords, vouchers and more. Unlike traditional guest servers that leave these users on unencrypted and open WiFi, Cloudpath ES automatically moves them to WPA2-Enterprise.

Cloudpath ES also supports device registration, providing an easy mechanism for users to enrol gaming devices such as Xbox™ or PlayStation™ consoles. After registration, the device may be granted access to a WPA2-PSK wireless network, wherein access is restricted by PSK and MAC address.

Cloudpath ES, with its Set-It-And-Forget-It Wi-Fi capabilities, makes EAP-TLS the new standard for secure WiFi in higher education. Cloudpath ES offers secure, automated, device life-cycle management to simplify the adoption of standards-based WiFi networks for scalable BYOD environments, including:

  • Extend WPA2-Enterprise to all users; including visitors, alumni and contractors for a uniform wireless approach.
  • Eliminate the negative impact of password change policies on the wireless experience.
  • Increase security by replacing PEAP with EAP-TLS, and eliminate the caching and transmission of passwords on every connection.
  • Provide unmatched visibility and reporting related to users, devices and policies.
  • Eliminate captive portal fatigue associated with repeated logins.
  • Provide an easy-to-use, predictable onboarding experience, leading to higher WiFi satisfaction among users.
  • Reduce support costs by significantly decreasing wireless-related trouble tickets.
  • Provide a proven model for eduroam participation.

No more Passwords! Hassle-Free Wi-Fi Access

On Demand

Learn how you can avoid angry tweets to the Chancellor about the hassle of password resets and lockouts in our upcoming live webinar. We will discuss how Ruckus Cloudpath software can rid your campus of password tyranny and provide remote secure onboarding to avoid move-in day help desk overload.

The Checklist for Campus Network Vendor Migration

On Demand

The promise of 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi and stackable software upgradeable switches has IT departments considering new vendor platforms, architectures and products. Watch this webinar to learn a checklist of considerations for migrating your campus from your legacy network vendor in a workable, phased approach.

Residence Hall Wi-Fi Solutions for Better Connectivity

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Students expect a true “home-away-from-home” experience at school - including reliable access to Wi-Fi that simply works on any device. Attend our upcoming webinar to learn how you can deliver the best Wi-Fi in your residence halls, with easy onboarding solutions and IPTV.

Campus Networks Can Attract and Retain Students

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Students use to select which school they would attend based on dining hall food and difficulty of classes. Now, they are picking colleges that allow them to do online homework outdoors and stream Netflix with ease. Attend our webinar to learn about networking solutions that provide the experience students expect.


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BeamFlex Adaptive Antenna Technology

Performance Optimization

What it means:

Smart, compact adaptive antenna systems containing multiple elements that electrically manipulate antenna properties so as to create optimal antenna patterns for each device with which they communicate.

Why you should care:

Traditional wireless antennas are either “omnidirectional” (radiating signals in all directions) or “directional” (radiating signals in one direction). Ruckus BeamFlex Adaptive Antenna Technology takes a more adaptable approach. BeamFlex technology enables the antenna system within a Ruckus AP to continually sense and optimize for its environment.

This antenna system mitigates radio interference, noise and network performance issues, and improves application flows. The results:

  • Increased performance and range
  • Crystal clear video and voice communications
  • Maximized power efficiency

BeamFlex+ is an enhancement to Ruckus BeamFlex adaptive antenna technology by providing adaptive support to mobile devices. BeamFlex+ enables antennas to adapt to client device orientation in addition to client device location.


What it means:

OpenG is a Ruckus technology innovation that improves mobile coverage and capacity inside buildings, where connecting with conventional macro networks is a challenge. It combines new coordinated shared spectrum (CSS) capabilities with small cell technologies to bring licensed mobile connectivity indoors. In the United States, OpenG solutions use 3.5GHz spectrum under the Citizens Broadcast Radio Service (CBRS) rules defined by the Federal Communications Commission. Ruckus is an active participant in a group of wireless industry leaders working to develop, market and promote solutions utilizing CBRS.

Why you should care:

Mobile service has traditionally been an either/or proposition: users connect to mobile macro networks outside, and rely on Wi-Fi indoors where mobile signals are poorer. If you’ve ever been on a mobile call and walked into an office building or parking structure, you know why that’s a big problem. In many buildings, especially new construction, mobile services that operate over licensed radio spectrum just can’t penetrate everywhere users want them. Especially deep inside buildings, you end up with mobile “dead zones”, dropped calls and frustrated subscribers.

With the emergence of LTE-WiFi convergence and CSS, that’s all changing. Solutions like Ruckus’ OpenG let service providers and enterprises deploy “neutral host” small cell solutions inside buildings to extend mobile connectivity to places it wouldn’t otherwise reach. The result: better indoor coverage, happier users and new business opportunities for managed wireless services.