Bradfield College replaces Aruba with Meru’s WiFi solution

Meru Networks announced that Public School Bradfield College has deployed Meru EducationGrade 802.11 ac wireless technology replacing Aruba Networks that had been in place since 2006.

Meru has completed the first phase of its deployment throughout the school’s site in Berkshire.

Officials at Bradfield College said the previous network delivered by Aruba was not able to address the capacity needs to meet the demands of more than 1,000 pupils, staff and contractors.

Meru’s network  will support up to 3,000 staff and students devices, officials said.

Bradfield provides students with the facilities like sporting, music, drama and dance and so wants to deliver the Wi-Fi network to enhance the value of their educational facilities.

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Meru with the help of school’s IT team has deployed more than 200 Meru AP832 801.11ac access points, with up to 10 in some buildings and two main controllers. Phase I of the project has seen the Meru Wi-Fi installed in all of the primary buildings used for teaching and some boarding houses.

FireFly, The school’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which enables students and teachers to organize their homework and create access resources from anywhere, is also supported by the Meru network.

Phase II is expected to include external wireless access covering the playing fields and the school’s Greek theater. In the future, the IT department expects to look at integrating the Wi-Fi with other systems such as CCTV.

Meru’s Education Grade (MEG) wireless solution is designed to solve 1:1 computing and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) issues and support their learning essential applications.

MEG works in three steps: Onboard quickly with 1:1 and BYOD provisioning and secure wireless access mapped to OT policies; connect all 1:1 and BYOD devices reliably anywhere on campus; and learn by deploying validated learning and teaching applications on 1:1 and BYOD over the MEG wireless solution.

Shilpa Khatri

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