Maine District Upgrades to 802.11n WiFi

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Gorham School Department in Maine is deploying an 802.11n wireless network district-wide.

The district has already rolled out the wireless system in its high school--which had no WiFi at all--and will expand to additional schools in the coming years. For the initial rollout, Gorham deployed a wireless system from Meru Networks.

"I was flabbergasted that, with every high school teacher having a laptop and plans calling for every student to have one, there was no wireless access in the high school," said Dennis Crowe, director of technology and information systems, in a statement released by Meru this month. "Wireless became priority number one. We needed a system with sufficient capacity so that when we have one laptop per student, there won't be a bottleneck. And that system had to be rich enough to support a move to wireless IP telephony in the future."

Gorham's 850-student high school was the first to receive the new wireless system. The district's three elementary schools will also be equipped with a Meru WLAN "over the next several years," according to Meru.

Gorham School Department serves about 2,700 students.

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