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January 16, 2008

USENIX Selects Xirrus as Wi-Fi Provider for 2008 Events; Xirrus to Focus on Regional Events That Foster Network Education and Innovation

Xirrus, Inc., the only Wi-Fi "Power-Play" that can replace Ethernet workgroup switches with Wi-Fi as the primary network connection,has been chosen to provide Wi-Fi connectivity for USENIX (the Advanced Computing Systems Association) conferences and symposiums covering topics such as network design and implementation, systems administration, network security, electronic voting, etc. These events are essential meeting grounds for the presentation, discussion, and application of technical advances in all aspects of computing systems.

After deploying the most successful Wi-Fi network three times in a row at Interop Las Vegas and New York-proving the Wi-Fi Array to be the most powerful Wi-Fi solution on the market today-Xirrus has changed its event strategy to focus on regionally-based events that foster technical intelligence, vision, and innovation among network and systems engineers rather than the larger shows.

"We see tremendous value in events, like those sponsored by USENIX, that concentrate on small to medium groups of engineers and IT professionals who have the knowledge, vision, and capability of increasing the performance and efficiency of networks," said Alan Amrod, vice president of sales and marketing at Xirrus. "The larger shows offer good branding opportunities, but lack the focus and capability to work in teams to solve real world network problems."

The Xirrus Wi-Fi solution was chosen by USENIX for its high performance and ease of deployment, specifically:

Coverage - Over 2X the range, 4X the coverage per cable dropUser Density - Up to 50 power users per cable dropBandwidth - Up to 864 Mbps of 802.11 a/b/g bandwidth per cable dropThroughput - Up to 500 Mbps of 802.11 a/b/g throughput per cable dropEase of Deployment - 75% fewer devices, cables, and switch ports with automatic channel selection, cell sizing, coverage shaping, and spectrum analysis

"Xirrus was brought in by Carnegie Mellon University to supply the Wi-Fi network at our last Large Installation System Administration Conference," said Ellie Young, executive director of the USENIX Association. "With the Xirrus Wi-Fi Arrays, we were able to deliver a powerful Wi-Fi network for thousands of conference attendees using a fraction of the devices, cabling, and man hours of other offerings used in past events."

About the USENIX Association

USENIX is the Advanced Computing Systems Association. For over 30 years, it has been the leading community for engineers, system administrators, scientists, and technicians working on the cutting edge of the computing world. USENIX conferences are the essential meeting grounds for the presentation and discussion of technical advances in all aspects of computing systems. For more information about the USENIX Association, visit

About Xirrus

Xirrus, the leader in high performance Wi-Fi, designs and manufactures the patented Wi-Fi Array. The Xirrus Wi-Fi Array obsoletes traditional Wi-Fi offerings by integrating 4, 8, or 16 radios and high-gain directional antennas into a single device along with an onboard Gigabit Switch, Wi-Fi Controller, Firewall, dedicated Wi-Fi Threat Sensor, and embedded Spectrum Analyzer, providing the performance and security to replace Ethernet workgroup switches with Wi-Fi technology. The Xirrus Wi-Fi Array delivers more range, more coverage, more bandwidth, more throughput, and more intelligence per cable drop than anything else available today - resulting in a solution that uses 75% fewer devices, cabling, switch ports, and installation time compared with any other offering. Xirrus Wi-Fi Arrays are ideal for any organization moving towards Wi-Fi as their primary network connection, especially those that must cover large areas, support large user populations, and/or use high bandwidth/throughput applications.

Xirrus is a privately-held company headquartered in Westlake Village, California. For more information, please

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