For Simms Cross Primary School, the wireless network had grown over a period of time and was mostly consumer-grade unmanaged access points. Consequently, connectivity was becoming more problematic, the wireless signal was patchy across the school and was slow when lots of children tried to use it at the same time.
“There were no problems at all with the installation, the MLR Networks engineers knew what they were doing and got on with the job. And on the first day back at school, everything just worked. Laptops connect quickly so the children can access online resources and easily save their work. Teachers can access the network using their own devices without any problems”.
Mike Price, IT Co-Ordinator at Simms Cross School.
Simms Cross Primary School needed a wireless network which would provide a robust, stable and secure way for the children to use laptops in classrooms during lessons. The network needed to cover the whole of the school and could be managed easily on-site by the IT Manager.
Mike Price, IT Co-ordinator at Simms Cross Primary School, asked local wireless network specialist, MLR Networks to carry out a detailed site survey. Mike had used MLR Networks previously for some work in the school comms room and knew he would get a great service from them.
Using Ekahau wireless site survey tools, MLR Networks produced a detailed report, mapping out the school building, signal strength and potential sources of interference, particularly important as the school is an Old Victorian building with thick walls and long corridors, and set in a residential area.
As wireless specialists, MLR Networks are able to recommend a best-fit wireless solution, which for Simms Cross Primary School provides the robust wireless coverage required, with an easy to manage on premise controller within the limited budget held by Simms Cross. Using the information gathered during the site survey, MLR Networks designed and installed a wireless network using 14 Ubiqiti APs. All work was carried out over the Easter break, so there was no disruption to the normal running of the school.
With pressure on budgets, the wireless network was an investment for the school so they had to make sure that it was future-proof. A strong, stable wireless signal is available throughout the whole school, even rooms which are not used currently for teaching.
“I’ve had no complaints about connectivity at all, which is exactly what I was hoping to achieve”. Mike concludes
Simms Cross Primary School
Simms Cross Primary School is a large primary school based in Widnes, Cheshire.
Like most schools, Simms Cross uses ICT in the school to support many parts of the curriculum in a whole range of lessons.
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