Rise of mobile devices forces WLAN rollout at Bialik College

An IT environment without wireless internet accessibility combined with staff and students eager to use their mobile devices caused Bialik College in Victoria to go to market for a wireless LAN.

The school’s head of technology, David Micallef, said a lack of wireless capability was one of the few things holding the school’s IT department back.

“We wanted all our students to have a fair go at using the school’s network with internet access,” Micallef said.

“We already have access to a number of devices with the capability for wireless internet connectivity. The only thing that was hindering our progress was the lack of a wireless network solution for the campus.”

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Micallef said the school sought the help of Wavelink Communications, which suggested a Meru Networks virtualised wireless LAN for Bialik.

The network, which took Bialik’s in-house IT team less than a week to implement, has 26 access points across the school. Micallef saying the simplicity and in-house nature of the implementation were the best thing about the rollout.

“Unlike solutions from other vendors, there was no need to hire additional consultants to deploy the product, as it was all done in-house.”

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