Purdue Solves Wi-Fi Configuration Dilemma with XpressConnect Wizard

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Purdue University deploys Cloudpath Networks' XpressConnect Wizard to easily configure tens of thousands of unique faculty, student, and guest Wi-Fi devices.

XpressConnect Wizard provides automated, self-service Wi-Fi configuration in BYOD environments.

I don’t hear complaints anymore like, ‘It’s a pain to get on your wireless network.’ Thanks to XpressConnect Wizard, the students and faculty are happy with the University’s secure wireless network.

“It’s a pain to get on your wireless network.” That’s what Brandon Case, Network Engineer from Purdue University, heard from students on campus until the school deployed XpressConnect, an easy-to-use software wizard that automatically configures personal devices for WPA2 networks.

The Challenge
When Purdue University updated their Wi-Fi network to WPA2, the most secure wireless network, they faced the challenge of how to easily and reliably configure the faculty and student devices. “The ‘getting configured and connected’ process was a hassle for our users,” says Brandon Case. The rapid growth in the number of personal devices, known as BYOD (bring your own device), added to the challenge since each device requires step-by-step, operating-specific configuration. “Trying to keep up all these instructions for all the devices coming into the school was an unbelievable challenge,” Case said.

The Solution
The XpressConnect Wizard automatically configures personal devices for WPA2 networks without the need for IT assistance. Customized by the network engineer, the XpressConnect Wizard replaces the manual step-by-step configuration with an automated, foolproof wizard, allowing easy access to the WPA2 network from a wide array of device types.

The Result
For Purdue University, XpressConnect transformed the student and faculty experience of connecting their devices to the wireless network. Less fumbling with manual configuration meant less frustration for users, as well as decreased IT involvement and Help Desk costs. “I don’t hear complaints anymore like ‘I can’t get on your wireless network’ or ‘it’s a pain to get on your wireless network.’ Thanks to XpressConnect, the students and faculty are happy with the University’s secure wireless network.”

Facts and Figures
Purdue University is located in West Lafayette, IN

  • Full-time Undergraduates: 30,334
  • Graduate Students: 8,552

Purdue’s Network Air Link (PAL)
By the numbers:

  • 22,000 unique connections daily
  • 12,000 peak concurrent Wi-Fi users daily
  • 28,000 unique devices daily

Purdue University Case Study
http://www.cloudpath.net/document/case_studies/XpressConnect_Purdue_University_BYOD_CaseStudy.pdf

For more information on how XpressConnect can assist with your secure wireless or wired network, visit http://www.cloudpath.net.

Contact Information:
Cloudpath Networks
Tania Renault
9975 Wadsworth Pkwy K2-234
Westminster, CO 80021
303-647-5412
tania(at)cloudpath(dot)net

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