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Customer Case Studies - Woodsetton School

Woodsetton School, a primary school based in the United Kingdom, purchased a number of Ubiquiti Unifi Pro's from 4Gon Solutions to set up a wireless network for both pupils and staff.

"At this stage I couldn't be happier with how things have gone. I am now considering spending some of the savings on more equipment for our wireless network"

Adam Ross, ICT Technician at the Woodsetton School

About

Woodsetton School is situated close to the village of Sedgley in Dudley and currently provides education for around 90 pupils. The school caters for pupils aged 4-11, whose educational needs cannot adequately be met in mainstream schools. All of their pupils have a Statement of Special Educational Needs.

The Challenge

Ubiquiti Unifi Pro UAP


In 2012 Adam Ross, ICT Technician at the Woodsetton School, along with other staff decided that it was time to upgrade their network infrastructure to include a wireless network solution. They needed a wireless connection that would enable 100 - 199 connections to the network with around 25 - 49 concurernt users.

Woodsetton needed an advanced wireless solution to enable mobile devices such as netbooks, ipads, iphones, android tablets and android phones to be easily connected to the internet no matter of location within the school.

Woodsetton School originally started by getting quotes for a couple of enterprise wireless solutions which came in at between £5.5-6.5K.


The Solution

After weeks of research and deliberation the school came across the Ubiquiti Unifi Solution on the internet and after speaking with the 4Gon technical sales team, the ICT staff at the school decided to test and deploy the Ubiquiti Unifi UAP Pro.

"We decided on the Ubiquiti solution mainly due to the dramatic price difference and the favourable reviews I had read online"

They started with 1 Ubiquiti Unifi Pro UAP and added a Ubiquiti UniFi UAP-PRO 3 Pack soon afterwards, the wireless network would cover an area of around 6000 sq. foot.

Ubiquiti Unifi Pro UAP
Adam Ross, ICT Technician at the Woodsetton School said: "The access points themselves are small, stylish and unobtrusive. They can be powered by a POE switch or by the supplied POE adapters. The APs are managed through the Unifi controller software which needs to be installed on a network machine for configuration. Once the Aps are set up the controller software does not actually need to be running for the wireless network to work (unless you want to enable the guest login portal)"

"We currently have a few wireless devices in school, around a dozen notebooks and we have had no problems at all with the wireless connection. We will soon be adding another 2 AP's to our wireless network for further increase of coverage and wireless capability."

"At this stage we couldn't be happier with how things have gone. I am now considering spending some of the savings on a POE switch to eliminate the need for the adapters in each classroom and to automatically power down the APs overnight with the rest going on devices for the pupils/teacher"

"With our Ubiquiti wireless network provided by 4Gon Solutions we now have the ability to work with pupils in any location within the school."

The Results

  • Wireless Network provided for the entire school
  • 50- 120 plus concurrent users at one time connected
  • Savings of over £4k compared to enterprise wireless solutions
  • Surplus spend allows more wireless devices to be purchased for school
  •  Ability to work with pupils online in any location within the school.

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