Wireless Network Case Study – Harper Bell

By • November 18th 2015

Wireless Network Birmingham

Harper Bell School Case Study

Wireless Network Project

Harper Bell school is a large primary school based in Birmingham.  As with most educational organisations, they were seeking to enhance teaching and learning by implementing wireless network access throughout their campus.

 

The ‘Before’ situation

Before this project Harper Bell had no wireless network installed.  This made teaching with laptops difficult and ineffective.  To get access to the internet, staff and students had to plug laptops into the network using cables which was impractical in most cases.  The school has also recently bought a set of ipads for teaching which have been a great success with the children.  Without a wireless network however, Ipads could only be used without a network connection which greatly reduced their effectiveness in the classroom.

 

The Aim

The aim of the project was to improve and enhance the teaching and learning throughout the school using wireless devices purchased by the school, such as ipads and laptops.

 

The Result

A Ruckus wireless controller and 8 x Wireless Access Points were installed which has given more than enough coverage for staff and students to access the wireless network from anywhere within the school.  The wireless system is also very easy to manage via a centralised, web-based console.

Harper Bell are now extremely pleased with their centrally-managed enterprise-class wireless system and it has greatly enhanced teaching and learning campus-wide.  Staff now have the freedom to teach using their laptops from anywhere on campus.  Children are now able to use ipads from any classroom, giving the school more flexibility and greatly enhancing lessons.

Key deliverables were :

  • installation and configuration of Wireless Access Points and centralised controller
  • robust wireless access to internal resources from anywhere on campus
  • robust wireless access to the internet from anywhere on campus

 

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