The John Marshall Law School Deploys Aerohive Wireless LAN

WASHINGTON, D.C., NECC July 1, 2009 — Aerohive Networks, creators of the award-winning cooperative wireless LAN (WLAN) architecture, today announced that The John Marshall Law School, an independent law school, has deployed an Aerohive 802.11n wireless LAN to serve the school's 1,600 students and its faculty, staff, and guests throughout its downtown Chicago campus. Alternatives from Aruba Networks, Meru Networks, and Xirrus were evaluated and rejected before Aerohive was selected. More information about Aerohive is available at, and an in-depth case study of the law school's Aerohive deployment is available at

The Aerohive 802.11n network replaced a Cisco Airespace deployment based on a network containing controllers that were approaching their end of life and would be expensive to replace. The Cisco Airespace 802.11abg network was also presenting other difficulties. The network had slowed as usage grew and was having connection problems. Each of the access points in the Cisco network required manual reprogramming whenever changes were needed, creating a significant IT burden. In addition, the thick masonry walls of the law school’s buildings caused the IT department to closely space its access points, leading to interference and channel issues that the Cisco network management system (NMS) could not pinpoint and requiring manual tuning of the channel plan.

"The Cisco system couldn't tell me where the interference was, so I was in the dark trying to guess where to adjust power and change channels," said Amish Patel, systems operations engineer, The John Marshall Law School. "I also didn't like the fact that Cisco had a controller-based architecture where all the traffic flowed through the controllers. I saw that as a bottleneck."

Advantages of Aerohive Cooperative Wireless LAN
Aerohive's cooperative wireless LAN architecture requires no network controllers or overlay networks. Instead, software in the Aerohive access points (HiveAPs) enables them to self-organize into groups called hives. The result is enterprise-class network performance, management, and security without the cost, performance, and availability issues associated with controller deployments.

Built-In Mesh Networking
Every HiveAP has a sophisticated wireless mesh capability that enables it to establish a wireless connection with neighboring HiveAPs using its second radio. This capability was a critical factor in the school's selection of Aerohive, allowing network coverage to be extended easily without running Ethernet cabling.

Easy Deployment and Management with HiveManager
The John Marshall Law School was able to replace the old Cisco network and fully configure the new Aerohive network in just a day and a half. Separate SSIDs were created for students, faculty, staff, and guests, enabling the law school to separately manage each group's access and bandwidth usage using the HiveAPs' quality of service (QoS) features.

Network configuration changes are made quickly and easily using Aerohive's graphical HiveManager NMS, which pushes changes to each HiveAP in seconds. HiveManager also provides monitoring capabilities through a single, easy-to-use console.

"Aerohive's cutting-edge technology addresses real-world challenges faced by educational institutions like The John Marshall Law School and other organizations of all kinds and sizes," said David Flynn, chief executive officer, Aerohive Networks. "Our pioneering approach to wireless LANs also costs less than controller-based alternatives, a valuable benefit at a time when IT budgets are so often under pressure."

Aerohive Networks will be exhibiting this week at NECC 2009 in booth #731 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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.