A Case Study On Wi-Fi Networking Installation At Longhill High School, Brighton, UK


        A brief overview of the School

Longhill school is a large secondary school nestling atlonghill high school
the foot of the South Downs near Rottingdean catering
for some 1,800 pupils and staff. The schools existing
wireless network needed a total overhaul. Working to a
very limited budget was always going to prove
challenging and the IT manager of the school wanted
to get the latest WiFi standard.


The school had an existing WLAN solution installed throughout its site. Unfortunately, this network came with limitations, provided poor coverage and was not capable of handling the growth in client devices which was necessary for the school if it were to continue to successfully deliver a full curriculum to its student contingent.  It became apparent that a new WLAN system needed to be sourced and installed for when the school reopened its doors for the new school year. A high performing product incorporating the latest Wi-Fi 6 standards, that was also enterprise level and proven to work in a high density, high demand environment was a must. However, with a limited budget available, a thorough investigation of all available solutions had to take place.


Selecting The Right Product – Enter EnGenius …

engenius productsFollowing discussions with a number of secondary schools in the Brighton, Hove and the surrounding areas that currently use EnGenius, the decision was made to install products from the EnGenius range as it
was a proven product in other educational sites.

The EnGenius portfolio of networking solutions includes a comprehensive range of Cloud managed and On Premise managed wireless solutions as well as Cloud managed Gigabit, 2.5Gigabit and 10Gigabit switches that deliver long-range connectivity and robust feature sets. Incorporating latest standards,
and without any ongoing subscription costs and license fees,

the EnGenius solution provided
everything necessary and was still able to meet the
available budget. Along with a Limited Lifetime
warranty and free Firmware upgrades for Life,
EnGenius was the obvious choice for this project!


The Design and Installation:

Longhill High school is one of the largest educational sites in Brighton, therefore before a solution could be determined a full site survey had to be conducted. The EnGenius product lead at Cable Management Warehouse delivered this by utilizing the EnGenius heat mapping tool and a Wi-Fi 6 access point. Using these devices and tools, ensured real time diagnostics were obtained.


The Result:

Longhill High School can now provide its students and staff in any part of the school with access to a solution that meets the very latest Wi-Fi standards and also increase the speeds of legacy client devices wherever users are located on the school premises. The learning environment has been significantly enhanced with room for further growth as and when the school needs to expand its density of wireless users, without impacting on the overall performance.
James Arnold IT Manager, Longhill High School


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