“Wireless was once regarded as the ‘wart’ on the back of wired networks, but now the balance is shifting towards wireless, particularly as organisations want to build on the benefits of their existing, limited wireless deployments,” said Ian Kilpatrick, chairman of Wick Hill Group
“However,” he claimed, “most companies just aren’t ready for that shift.
They have wireless hot spots which can’t reach everywhere; or worse
still, have implemented wireless networks which can’t be easily upscaled
and are destined to be ripped and replaced in a short period of time.”
Kilpatrick was speaking as the company became UK distributor for
California-based vendor Xirrus, a leader in high performance wireless
“Wireless is more cost-effective, more convenient, less disruptive,
encourages productivity – and users want it,” continued Kilpatrick. ”
The fast growth of BYOD is just one of the indicators that the world is
moving steadily towards greater use of wireless. Users want to use
their smartphones, tablets and laptops, wirelessly, wherever they happen
“That’s great, but who is thinking about the fact that each device makes
an incremental load on the network and that each user will typically
look to increment their usage? And that companies are going to want to
put, not just their web browsing and email onto wireless, but also their
business critical applications and multi-media – and they’ll want it to
“If users are to gain the benefits of BYOD and wireless,” stressed
Kilpatrick, “they need to set up wireless networks with pervasive
coverage that have the performance to cope with a high number of users
and a wide range of applications, both now and as they expand usage.
Wireless networks need to be extremely flexible, so that many more users
can be added easily, without affecting performance and without
requiring major infrastructure upheaval.
“The huge increase in BYOD and wireless in the last couple of years has
shown us that the IT landscape can change dramatically and
unpredictably in a very short space of time. So anyone installing or
upgrading wireless now has to be confident it can cope with any
unpredictable rise in wireless use in the future.
The only thing that can be reliably predicted is that usage and traffic volumes will increase.
“We selected Xirrus because it provides the solutions that can make
this shift to wireless work reliably and cost-effectively, offering
users the ability to easily expand wireless use and to increase the
number of users, without major infrastructure upheaval.”
Sean Larner, Vice President International Sales at Xirrus, said:
“Mobility is now the norm and people expect to connect without wires.
With more than 800 million* wireless-enabled devices being produced
every year, innovative organisations are using them to engage with their
customers and transform their business models.”
“As the leader in high-performance wireless networks, we are
strategically partnering with companies around the world to provide
powerful, scalable, and trusted wireless solutions for our customers,
giving them the confidence that their networks perform, even under the
most demanding circumstances,” Larner continued. “We are delighted to
welcome Wick Hill Group as our latest distributor and wish them every
success in the future.”
*Figures provided from the Wi-Fi Alliance
• Designed for pervasive enterprise coverage, not just hotspots
• Designed for density of BYOD, not just 10 people in a conference room
• Designed for multi-media and critical applications, not just email and web
• Designed to be adaptive and upgraded as requirements grow, not replaced as
• Designed to lower total cost of ownership by requiring less equipment and
infrastructure, not more
Xirrus XR Series Wireless Arrays
Xirrus XR Series Wireless Arrays are the first modular Wi-Fi products of
their kind featuring upgradeability, high scalability, high performance
and integrated security. The series ranges from the XR-1000 up to the
The Xirrus XR-1000 Wireless Array provides superior price/performance
value by integrating the unmatched combination of two multi-state
(2.4GHz and 5GHz) radios with high gain directional antennas, an onboard
multi-gigabit switch, controller, firewall, threat sensor and spectrum
analyser all built on a modular chassis designed to meet the needs of
network designs, including the demand for coverage in high RF
attenuation environments (dense walls), designs supporting low
user/device density coverage and designs that include isolated locations
where reliable wireless coverage is desired.
XI Series Wireless APs
The Xirrus XI Series 802.11n Wireless Access Points are modular devices
configured into Xirrus XR Series Arrays that provide best-in-class
connectivity supporting the growing needs of smartphones, tablets and
The XI APs allow organisations to meet the performance needs of their
users, and the RF management needs of the business. Available in 300
Mbps as well as 450 Mbps models, the Xirrus XI Series APs offer superior
coverage, bandwidth and reliability.
Established in 1976, value added distributor Wick Hill specialises in
secure IP infrastructure solutions and convergence. The company sources
and delivers best-of-breed, easy-to-use solutions through its channel
partners, with a portfolio that covers security, performance, access,
networking, convergence and hosted solutions.
Wick Hill is part of the Wick Hill Group, based in Woking, Surrey with
sister offices in Hamburg. Wick Hill is particularly focused on
providing a wide range of value added support for its channel partners.
This includes a strong lead generation and conversion programme,
technical and consultancy support for reseller partners in every stage
of the sales process, and extensive training facilities.
Xirrus is the leading provider of high-performance wireless networks.
Our array-based solutions perform under the most demanding
circumstances—always. Wired-like reliability and superior security allow
our customers to confidently take their business-critical applications
and operations mobile. Our solutions are unique in the industry,
transforming enterprises and organizations around the world. At a time
when everyone expects to connect wirelessly everywhere and business is
increasingly done in the cloud, Xirrus wireless solutions are providing a
vital strategic business and IT infrastructure advantage in thousands
of deployments worldwide. Headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA, Xirrus is a
privately held enterprise designing and manufacturing its products and
solutions in the USA. For more information, visit www.xirrus.com.