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WiFi performance increased by a factor of 15 by upgrading to 802.11ac

Upgrading to 802.11ac utilising Fortinet (Meru) virtualised wireless LAN meant a more cost-effective solution could be deployed to meet the growing throughput demand from on-campus wireless devices.

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Replace an existing wireless network infrastructure to increase performance, capacity and scalability. The controller for this system had a requirement to be virtualised and on premise to meet the College’s long term IT strategy


Opened discussions with 10 different vendors to get a good idea of available technologies. ADA was one of a number of companies short listed and approached for quotes

IT outcomes:

Provides a reliable, high capacity wireless network infrastructure

Improved overall available bandwidth by a factor of 15 (compared to 802.11a/b/g)

Simplified management interface

Low maintenance requirements

Business outcomes:

Provides an improved, resilient and more effective learning environment for both students and staff

The result

“ADA networks were approached early in the project to enable us to get an idea of what kind of system would best suit the needs of the College. From the outset, they were very clear, concise and knowledgeable - they provided a very strong understanding of the technology, its benefits and drawbacks. Refreshingly, ADA looked at our environment and specific needs before making suggestions on what would work well for us, while clearly demonstrating why."

Michael Bedford, Walsall College

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