Churchtown School Deploys Aerohive Wireless LAN

One of the UK's Largest Primary Schools Completes Campus-Wide Deployment of Award-Winning Aerohive 802.11n Wireless LAN

LONDON, WIRELESS AND MOBILE 09, May 20, 2009 — Today at Wireless and Mobile 09, Aerohive Networks, creators of the award-winning cooperative wireless LAN (WLAN) architecture, announced that Churchtown School, one of the largest primary schools in the United Kingdom, has deployed Aerohive's 802.11n wireless LAN solution across its campus to serve the school's 900 students and 100 faculty and staff. More information about Aerohive is available at, and an in-depth case study of Churchtown School's Aerohive deployment is available at

The Aerohive wireless LAN access points (HiveAPs) replaced consumer-grade autonomous access points that struggled to support even a single trolley of fifteen student laptops and one teacher laptop. The old network was also difficult to manage, difficult to troubleshoot, and lacked modern security features. Alternatives from Cisco, Netgear, and Ruckus were also evaluated and rejected before Churchtown School selected Aerohive.

"Aerohive had everything that we wanted - the performance, the security, and the management," said Alistair West, network and infrastructure manager, Churchtown School. "And, we would get a dual-radio 802.11n solution within our budget."

Cooperative Wireless LAN for Performance and Reliability
Aerohive's cooperative architecture requires no network controllers or overlay networks. Instead, software in the Aerohive access points (HiveAPs) enables them to self-organise into groups called hives. The result is a secure multi-service wireless LAN infrastructure that is able to support a vast array of wireless devices, application types, and service levels, with faster client performance, wire-like resilience, and lower capital and operational costs. Eliminating the network controller's single point of failure also provides the increased reliability that is critically important to educational institutions like Churchtown School. In addition, the controller's performance bottleneck is eliminated, paving the way for students' work with bandwidth-intensive media, such as photos, podcasts, and video.

Churchtown School's wireless LAN can support many simultaneous clients without difficulty. A single HiveAP often serves more than 40 trolley and teacher laptops from two adjacent classrooms - without loss of performance.

Easy Deployment and Management with HiveManager
Deploying the Aerohive wireless LAN across the Churchtown School campus took just one day. After the Aerohive access points (HiveAPs) were connected to the network, Aerohive's HiveManager network management system (NMS) automatically discovered them and pushed configuration settings and policies to them for a seamless plug-and-play installation.

HiveManager has also made ongoing maintenance significantly easier for Churchtown School. Previously, it would take half an hour to track down an access point that had been turned off accidentally. HiveManager provides a single console for managing the entire network and even provides email notifications and browser-based Web access.

"Aerohive cooperative wireless LANs deliver the performance and reliability that enable educational institutions like Churchtown School to focus on teaching and learning, rather than on their network equipment," said David Flynn, chief executive officer, Aerohive Networks. "Eliminating network controllers also drives the cost savings that are critical to schools and other organisations in challenging economic times."

About Aerohive Networks
Aerohive unleashes the potential of enterprise Wi-Fi, enabling customers to stop buying copper, to move applications to the air, and to maximize workforce productivity. The company's award-winning cooperative architecture eliminates costly controllers, saving money and providing unprecedented resiliency, up to 10X better application performance, and an opportunity to start small and expand without limitations. Aerohive was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. The company's investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Northern Light Venture Capital. For more information, please visit or call 408-510-6100.