Higher Education

Elevate the Student Experience

Your students view Wi-Fi as a standard utility in the classroom, and especially the residence hall—as basic as electricity or running water. Accessing high-bandwidth video services, gaming, class materials and social applications is a big part of engaging in campus life. If you’re asking students to spend years of their lives at your institution, you better be prepared to give them the same kind of social, mobile and connected experiences on campus that they have at home.

To do it, you’ll need to find ways to onboard and manage all those diverse devices without creating constant headaches for your users and your help desk. You’ll need to deliver consistent performance across thousands of dorm rooms and tens of thousands of devices. And you’ll need to accommodate students, faculty and guests using devices you can’t control, without compromising security.

It’s a lot pressure—the kind that makes kids pull a fire alarm in the middle of a final. Don’t stress, Ruckus can help.

Onboard Student Devices Quickly and Securely, Without Password Hassles

There’s no better way to tick off your students than to make them constantly re-enter credentials to log onto the network. And there’s no better way to frustrate your overburdened help desk than to bury them in an avalanche of password support tickets.

Ruckus can provide secure, scalable certificate-based onboarding that makes “bring your own device” (BYOD) simple and standardized, and lets students connect 24/7 through a self-service portal.

Read how Blackpool & The Fylde College (B&FC) solved password hassles.

Make Strong Connections Anywhere on Campus

From the lecture hall to the residence call, the library to the student union, the outdoor quad to the laundry basement, students expect perfect Wi-Fi.

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 and performance problems in real time.

Give Visitors Simple and Secure Guest Access

Your campus is a thriving, dynamic place. To keep it that way, you need to give alumni, prospective students, visiting researchers and campus guests the same great Wi-Fi experience as full-time faculty and students.

With Ruckus certificate-based security made simple, you can support practically any guest access scenario you can imagine—social media, sponsored access, one-time passwords and more—with simple, automated self-service and secure connectivity.

Watch how the Cloudpath Enrollment System (ES) makes guest access easy.

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.

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.