Shaanxi Polytechnic Institute (SXPI) recently revamped its campus network with switching and routing solutions from Juniper Networks. The move has enabled the degree-level vocational college in China to scale as needed, as well as offer subscription-based network access to its students.
Before deploying Juniper Networks' solutions, SXPI was having trouble billing students for network access fees when they used mobile devices. The old campus network used an 802.1x-based agent running on PCs to provide authentication, but proprietary extensions in the software locked SXPI into the access switch vendor and the vendor could not provide a version of the agent to run on mobile platforms.
The new campus network supports a standards-based authentication solution leveraging the broadband network gateway functionality of Juniper Networks MX960 3D Universal Edge Routers and the Srun 3000 platform, a RADIUS user authentication and accounting system from solution partner Srun Software. Since this solution eliminates the need to run agent software on end-point devices, SXPI could offer Wi-Fi access to mobile devices owned by its 20,000 students without requiring its network administrators to maintain complex access switch.
According to the university, the new campus network has delivered fast and robust wired network connectivity across its campus, and helped reduce its network operating cost. The latter is the result of Juniper Networks Junos operating system running the entire Juniper Networks infrastructure, enabling administrators to orchestrate and streamline management operations across the network.
"The new campus network has enabled us to build a smart campus that offers a new generation of mobile apps to staff and students. Juniper Networks' open standards solution removes significant scale and performance constraints while reducing our operating costs and it provides us with the agility to pursue our smart campus vision," said Su Xinglong, director of Network and Information Center, Shaanxi Polytechnic Institute.
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