With the simultaneous demands of both the student body and the staff network, the original Cisco wireless solution was faltering. The 3rd generation cell-based technology was unable to cope with concurrent connections required to get a classroom of 30 users seamlessly connected to the network without considerable delay and performance reduction. The constant re-arrangement of the flexible seating set-up in one of the teaching halls also meant that the wireless signal became continuously intermittent.
Completely rebuilt as a £24 million Private Finance Initiative (PFI) project in 2008 Caludon Castle School is a 67 acre site offering state of the art facilities for all areas of the curriculum, underpinned by the innovative use of ICT. Each faculty has a spacious ICT room for use by students, and staff resource rooms are fully equipped with the latest technologies. Every classroom has interactive whiteboards and video streaming. Every member of staff is provided with their own laptop and the school actively encourages every faculty to use ICT to enhance the student learning experience.
Driven by the need to offer instant connectivity and ‘everywhere learning’ across the campus, Mr Paul Harvey, Assistant Headteacher at Caludon Castle decided to investigate alternative wireless solutions. After reviewing solutions from Aruba and Meru, it was Extricom’s Channel Blanket™ technology that made the grade.
‘From what I saw, I knew that the truly 4th generation ‘n’ solution that Extricom offered was the only technology I would consider to achieve the multiple needs at Caludon. The sheer simplicity of it, and its flexibility and scalability of access really meant it led the way in comparison to the other vendors I had investigated’
The installation was carried out flawlessly by leading Extricom partner Solutions House in less than a week, providing guaranteed coverage across the entire campus including all classrooms, the conference rooms that form part of the Caludon Conference Centre, a theatre and across the external playing fields of the school.
‘Since the installation, the wireless has taken little resource to manage and administer’ said Mr Harvey. ‘I’m very happy and entirely pleased with the improvement in performance over the original Cisco managed solution. The school looked for and chose the best value solution. Extricom provided a flexible and scalable resource to give access to the school network and internet resources – what we wanted to achieve, Extricom enabled us to do’.
Extricom is a manufacturer of 4th generation enterprise wireless LAN solutions, based on its Channel Blanket™ technology. While adhering to the 802.11 a/b/g/n standard, Extricom’s patented, Interference-
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