Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School

Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School future-proofs its network with a new WiFi6 solution from Redway Networks

Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School – part of the Insignis Academy Trust – has safeguarded high performance wireless into the future thanks to the latest ExtremeCloud IQ WiFi 6 solution from education WiFi experts Redway Networks. The new network has given the school an agile, robust network capable of controlling and managing over 3,000 devices a day including Chromebooks, smartphones and laptops.

The new WiFi solution has delivered:

  • The fastest, most reliable wireless capable of managing more than the school’s 3,000 daily devices
  • A high-performance network that will support the school’s needs for 10 years thanks to being WiFi6 ready
  • The network will support streaming videos in HD to 1,300 students, as well as enabling the latest EdTech such as AI for teaching

I was very impressed with the amount of time Redway spent with us going through the details over and over again, answering our questions and making sure all of our network requirements were met. They enabled us to get the solution right first time.

John Huskinson, Chief Operations Officer at Insignis Academy Trust

The Challenge

The Insignis Academy Trust is committed to using the latest technology to enhance learning and teaching, and being a Google school, all students have their own Chromebooks for learning. With teachers’ laptops, school-wide smartphones and other devices, a typical day sees over 3,000 devices connecting to the network.

The school’s legacy Ruckus WiFi solution couldn’t cope with the school’s increasing number of devices, which began to limit digital learning – one of the academy’s chief commitments. The school realised they needed a new high-performance WiFi solution that would support the school’s IT experience now and into the years ahead. Read how Redway Networks helped the school future-proof their network for the next ten years in our case study.
 

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The Birmingham Blue Coat School is a preparatory school in Birmingham England, founded in 1722. It supports children aged 2 to 11 divided into three sections – Buttons Nursery, Pre-Prep and Prep. The Blue Coat School owes its origin to Reverend William Higgs, Rector of St Philip’s Church, Birmingham, now Birmingham Cathedral.

  • Preparatory School – 2-11 years Of Age
  • 650 Students & Staff
  • Flexible, Scalable WiFi Solution Required
  • Aerohive Cloud Managed Solution
  • 59 x Access Points
  • Phased Rollout With No Downtime

What our customers say…

Redway Networks has been first class and we have been thoroughly impressed with the new Aerohive solution

Frankie Paterson, Network Manager, Blue Coat School

The Challenge

While the previous WiFi solution was able to provide sufficient signal strength, the school has in recent years been facing much greater challenges with the density of devices per area. Any new solution therefore needed to be able to provide consistent coverage through the thick walls of the school’s clustered buildings, while also expanding the networks load handling capabilities.

Connectivity and reliability are paramount to the school with Paterson stating, “Due to how important the network is to the learning functions of the school, we can’t afford any downtime during network maintenance, so we needed a solution which was managed in the cloud but was not dependent on the cloud.”

Therefore, the main requirement was to have a system that would manage all the school’s present network needs, while also providing flexibility to adapt and expand in the future. It was a difficult balance for the school’s IT department Paterson observes: “We are seeing an average of 120 connected devices at any one time, with peaks of around 500, so we needed something that was able to handle this density, while also giving us flexibility to expand and adapt to changes in the future.”

The Solution

After investigating several solutions, Blue Coat School felt that Aerohive was the right choice for their needs, due to the ease of maintenance, licensing and reliability.

Immediately the deployment was simplified when the Aerohive AP’s were compatible with the existing mounts, meaning the historic architecture needn’t be disturbed. The new Aerohive access points were able to provide the levels of coverage demanded by this challenging environment, while greatly increasing the capacity of each area to support many devices.

Aerohive is an infinitely scalable solution, working well for the school’s phased rollout. Due to being cloud managed it’s simple to on-board new devices at any stage of the deployment. Additionally, Aerohive’s flexible licensing policy makes it easy for the school to build up its network even further in the future.

Since the initial deployment, Aerohive and Redway Networks have installed over 59 access points across the school. Due to budgetary restrictions, the rollout took place over the course of 6 months, meaning that it ran through term time. Despite this challenge, there was no downtime.

Future Outlook

The Blue Coat School continues to make WiFi and e-learning resources a more common and integral part of the everyday functions of the school. Network downtime has been virtually eliminated due to this easy management, and the APs’ ability to remain online. Finally, the school has been able to work closely with Redway Networks and Aerohive to ensure that their growth plan is fully supported and easy to execute. Reflecting on the new solution, Paterson says “The Aerohive solution is just unique full stop and offers a huge amount of flexibility. We have been thoroughly impressed and it has exceeded our expectations.”

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Redway Networks are specialists in school WiFi surveys and network installations. If you are looking to install a school WiFi network or are having issues with an existing one, contact us and see how we can assist with your next WiFi project.

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Ryvers School is a thriving, diverse primary school for children aged 3-11 years. Based in Slough, Berkshire, UK. Currently is has approximately 650 students and growing. Their vision is to be an outstanding school with high aspirations that includes technology. They have technology in over 23 classrooms and open spaces.

  • Primary School
  • 650 Students
  • Technology in over 23 classrooms
  • No central network management system
  • Needed rapid implementation
  • Cloud-enabled enterprise WiFi solution deployed

What our customers say…

The service provided by Redway Networks throughout the implementation was impeccable

Maria Lee, Ryvers School

The Challenge

  • No central network management system in place
  • 1:1 deployment deadline required rapid implementation
  • Ownership of solution
  • Find economical WiFi solution
  • Increase WLAN security

The Solution

Ryvers School chose to implement the AP130, which is for ultra-high density environments, powerful enough to provide all the services needed for an enterprise network, and inexpensive enough to deploy for ultra-high capacity networks. The AP130 combines 2×2, 2-stream, 802.11ac WiFi technology and advanced security and device lifecycle management together into a cost-optimised solution that allows you to deploy high speed WiFi into every classroom. Along with Hive Manager Online for cloud-based network management. 26 x AP130’s were deployed in a quick timescale across the school’s three sites and two modular buildings.

“Ryvers Primary School came to Redway Networks with a requirement to replace their legacy wireless infrastructure. The Redway team were very committed from the initial engagement and ensured they walked the school through every stage of the project from the survey, proposal and deployment. Once completed we had great pleasure in receiving the thumbs up to say the solution was a huge success, we also took satisfaction in knowing the school’s wireless needs have been future-proofed for many years” Leigh Hayes, Redway Networks Sales Director.

Result

  • Robust cloud-enabled enterprise WiFi seamlessly deployed across school
  • Controller-less architecture mitigates risk and single point-of-failures
  • Ownership of solution
  • Using Hive Manager for centralised WiFi network management

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Redway Networks are specialists in school WiFi surveys and network installations. If you are looking to install a school WiFi network or are having issues with an existing one, contact us and see how we can assist with your next WiFi project.

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