All Saints’ College in Perth has selected and deployed Ruckus Wireless’ Smart Wi-Fi network across its campus to support the learning curriculum for its students.
According to All Saints’ College, the school was one of the first in Western Australia to adopt a 1:1 initiative, where all students from Year 3 upwards have access to their own laptop or tablet, loaded with software provided by All Saints’ College.
All Saints’ College ICT manager, Ian Mackay-Scollay, said the school re-evaluated its wired and wireless network due to increased demand and congestion, which it saw particularly amplified in 2014.
“Many students and teachers were facing slow speeds and issues accessing online services as the high density of users was causing bottlenecks,” Mackay-Scollay said.
As such, All Saints’ College wanted to upgrade its legacy network and compared improved technologies available from a number of industry players including HP, Xirrus, Aerohive Networks, Cisco Meraki and Ruckus Wireless.
“We wanted a solution that was high speed and performed well in high density environments, but we also wanted to plan ahead for the future and deploy a network that was 802.11ac capable.”
Following the initial evaluation, the school decided to trial both Xirrus and Ruckus Wireless in a building with the school’s worst congestion and most complex radio frequency environment.
“Loan equipment from Xirrus was trialled first, which demonstrated improvements to access over the legacy network. However, it was the Ruckus trial that provided the best performing network for All Saints’ College.
“While conducting the Ruckus trial we received an overwhelmingly positive response from students and teachers. Throughput of connections was immediately improved, and the speed of access much quicker,” he said.
The College then approved a full rip and replace of the legacy network and deployed Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi infrastructure. Installation of a ZoneDirector 3000 controller, 70 ZoneFlex R700 indoor dual-band 3x3 802.11ac access points (APs), and Ruckus BeamFlex were deployed across the campus.
“It is important for us to forward plan and keep on top of technological developments to networks and internet access. Ultimately access to strong, fast and secure Internet is key to the education we deliver at All Saints’ College,” he added.