Clark Atlanta University Selects Meraki To Upgrade And Expand Its Campus Network

SAN FRANCISCO — August 9, 2010 – Meraki, the cloud-based wireless networking company, today announced that Clark Atlanta University (CAU) in Atlanta, GA, has selected Meraki for its new indoor/outdoor 802.11n wireless network, providing faster coverage and bringing connectivity to previously uncovered areas of the campus. CAU, working with wireless systems integrator SmartWAVE Technologies, chose Meraki after an in-depth analysis of solutions from Cisco and Aruba.

CAU is a private, four-year, doctoral degree-granting institution with a predominantly African-American heritage.  The University was established in 1988 by the consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869). In addition to its designation as a Research University/High Research Activity by the Carnegie Foundation, CAU is consistently ranked as one of the best values in education by national business and consumer publications. In recent years, the university has seen an increasing demand for wireless access among its 4,000 students and nearly 700 faculty and staff.  Moreover, many areas of the campus were difficult to wire, and as a result did not have reliable Internet access. This compelled the university’s technology staff to consider an upgrade and network expansion.

Meraki’s solution was set apart by its Enterprise Cloud Controller, the cloud-based service that manages and monitors Meraki’s 802.11n access points (APs).  The Enterprise Cloud Controller impressed CAU’s IT administrators with its easy-to-use, intuitive interface and automatically-generated reports that the IT team could present to management. Meraki’s self-optimizing, self-configuring mesh networking was another influencing factor, as the university needed to extend coverage to hard-to-wire facilities.

CAU has started the build out with the deployment of 96 Meraki MR14 dual-radio indoor 802.11n APs and 13 MR58 three-radio outdoor APs.  These APs, along with Meraki’s Enterprise Cloud Controller, provide reliable, high-performance coverage throughout all of CAU’s campus teaching facilities, as well as the lobbies of its residential halls. CAU soon plans to extend connectivity to every floor of its residential halls.

“Meraki has allowed us to quickly upgrade our network, extend wireless coverage to previously untouched areas of campus, and significantly ease the network management burden for our staff,” said Reggie Brinson, Associate VP of IT and CIO at CAU. “We also needed a network that would grow with us as we continue expanding wireless coverage. Meraki’s self-configuring access points instilled confidence that such growth would be a simple process as we address other areas of our campus.”

“Meraki clearly understands the varied wireless demands of an educational institution and quickly established a plan that fit CAU’s specific requirements for the network,” said Al Brown of SmartWAVE Technologies, who assisted CAU in choosing a wireless vendor. “The competitive price, which is likely to save the university approximately 30% over alternate solutions, was an added bonus. I highly recommend Meraki to any educational organization evaluating its wireless needs.”

About Meraki

Meraki offers enterprise-class wireless networks at a fraction of the cost and complexity of traditional networking vendors. Using Meraki’s unique cloud-based architecture, an administrator can configure thousands of Meraki access points over the web through a single interface.  The company’s customers include small-to-medium sized businesses, global hotel chains, and world-class educational institutions.  Meraki wireless networks serve millions of users on over 15,000 networks in more than 140 countries.  Meraki is located in San Francisco, California, and is funded in part by Sequoia Capital and Google. Follow Meraki on Facebook and Twitter. For more information, go to

About Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta University (CAU), formed in 1988 as a result of the consolidation of two independent historically black institutions — Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869), is a United Methodist Church-related, private, coeducational, residential, and comprehensive urban research university. The University offers undergraduate, graduate and professional, and non-degree certificate programs.


Marie Williams
Meraki, Inc.
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