“I would not hesitate to recommend the excellent services of Network IT 24 who allowed us to break free from an old and outdated system, to one that is contemporary and surpasses the expectations of our staff and pupils.”
Mr S.Brown, Headteacher, Hob Green Primary School, Dudley
Hob Green Primary School is located in the Dudley area of the West Midlands. Although it is currently a one form entry school, the site covers a two form area. With the increasing demand for the use of mobile devices, it became apparent that the existing wifi solution was inadequate. We contacted our local authority who provided us with a possible solution through Meru. However, having carried out our own research we found that there was a more reliable, efficient and affordable wireless solution available. We contacted several independent companies, including Network IT 24 who had a certified wifi specialist visit the site to conduct a survey. The specialist found our system to be slow, outdated and in need of improvement.
Following the site survey, our IT Manager and Network IT 24 specialist discovered a number of factors that were affecting the existing network and wireless system. In order to provide our school with the best Wi-Fi possible, we were advised to upgrade the network infrastructure from 100mbps switches to 1000mbps switches, as this was causing a bottleneck. We were also advised to upgrade the slow and unreliable Trapeze wireless system. We selected Network IT 24 to carry out the work as the solution offered was way ahead of all of the competition.
Network IT 24 recommended a wireless solution from Ruckus Wireless consisting of the Zone Director 1100 and 9 ZoneFlex 7982 access points to cover the school. We were pleased with the way in which everything was personalised for the benefit of our staff and pupils.
The new Ruckus Wireless Network is now providing our school with fast, efficient and reliable wireless access through only nine access points! This is highly impressive, as we would never have imagined such a small number of access points could cover a vast site. The new Wi-Fi and improved network infrastructure has provided a fantastic outcome for our school. We were highly impressed by their hard work and continued support throughout the whole process. Our school now has hassle free wireless access for all of its devices including laptops, iPads and iMacs.