USS Midway Museum

RUCKUS® Wi-Fi Proves as Tough as Legendary Naval Battle Carrier

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Commissioned in 1945, the US Government’s USS Midway is truly in a class of its own. This legendary aircraft carrier was the first battle carrier ever built. For a decade, she held the distinction of the largest naval vessel in the world (in fact, she was one of the largest human-made moving objects ever made).

The Midway has an armored flight deck—the equivalent of four acres reinforced with three and a half inches of steel armor—for the launch and recovery of aircraft. In her years of service, she supported troops in both combat and rescue missions, from Southeast Asia to the sub-Arctic. The Midway became the longest-serving aircraft carrier in the 20th century.

After 47 years, the carrier was decommissioned in San Diego, California. But she was about to serve her country in another way. In 2004, the USS Midway reopened as a museum docked in San Diego Bay. In fact, the Midway is the most visited historic naval ship museum in the world. And about 30 percent of visitors are from other countries.

  • Visitors had to be standing right next to an AP in order to connect to the old Wi-Fi
  • Parts of the ships couldn’t be served at all by the legacy Wi-Fi
  • IT was frustrated by the inability to take advantage of emerging technologies to add to the guest experience
  • Indoor H500, R500 and R600 APs
  • Outdoor RUCKUS T300 and T301 APs
  • Redundant ZoneDirector controllers
  • 3X increase in Wi-Fi signal strength and coverage, 4X improvement in performance over the old Wi-Fi
  • The museum provides reliable Wi-Fi coverage for exhibits, displays and events above and below decks
  • The RUCKUS infrastructure provides the foundation for future projects at the museum
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