A simplified approach to deploying eduroam & Guest WiFi

Tuesday 22nd March, 2016

Solution Offering – “eduroam in a box” for University and College Environments

As with all Education Institutions, the number of devices connecting to WiFi is constantly increasing every day. The requirements for reliable services such as “eduroam” and guest WiFi are now key necessities to enable simplified access for staff, students, visiting academics and guests with ‘any’ type of device. Critical back-end systems such as RADIUS can often be neglected, which can have a serious impact to the WiFi and user experience. More and more of our university and college customers including the University of Westminster and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have moved away from traditional software or open source RADIUS platforms to an ‘off-the-shelf’ commercial enterprise solution that is fully maintained, supported and managed by Khipu Networks. There are a number of challenges with traditional RADIUS platforms that have a negative impact to the WiFi service, the end user experience and the overall reputation of the Institution. These include:

  • Heavy reliance on staff specialist expertise, knowledge & availability
  • Difficult to design, scale hardware, & predict WiFi usage
  • Difficult to troubleshoot issues & isolate the ‘real’ problem
  • Limited Functionality, reporting & management needed for your WiFi
  • Challenging to find 3rd party RADIUS / eduroam expert help
  • Multiple systems for eduroam, guest and local access requirements
  • Poor User Experience + Feedback = Increase in support overheads

Based upon our experiences in addressing these challenges, Khipu have developed a simplified ‘all-in-one’ RADIUS solution, known as “eduroam in a box” for providing services such as reliable eduroam and guest WiFi – regardless of WiFi manufacturer. Our solution offers the following benefits to your Institution, regardless of the size of your campus environment:

  • Consolidation of WiFi networks (SSID’s) – eduroam & guest only
  • Automatic device / user identification & assigned network access
  • Works with “any” WiFi or Wired Manufacturer to deliver the service(s)
  • In-built troubleshooting & diagnostic tools
  • Easy to expand & scale – A “robust” resilient solution
  • Reporting; Performance, Usage & Problems
  • Always up to date with new WiFi device types & protect against vulnerabilities
  • A single “one-stop-shop” support, maintenance & managed service route
  • No, limited or unreliable WiFi?  Khipu have a complete WiFi solution
  • Cost Effective “Education Sector” discounted price model

For further information, please click here to download our solution brief and here to read the University of Westminster case study. E: sales@khipu-networks.com T: 0345-2720900