Cardiff University builds UK's largest wireless Lan

Cardiff University is implementing the UK’s largest wireless Lan.

Cardiff University is implementing the UK’s largest wireless Lan.

Education IT supplier RM will build the wireless network, which will cover 66 buildings across three square miles. It will include over 1,300 access points and cater for 30,000 students, 5,000 staff and visiting guests.

The university’s goal is to ensure maximum wireless coverage by expanding the existing wireless capability for its Cathays Park campus and outlying peripheral sites.

The initiative is designed to fit into the university’s Modern Working Environment project, which is the core of its Information Services Strategy for the future.

“We want to enhance the wireless networking service as much as possible, to improve the users’ experience and to ensure the service is as robust and resilient as possible, with the least amount of man effort needed for ongoing management,” said Anthony Cope, IT manager at Cardiff University.

RM will deploy a Wi-Fi management system from Trapeze Networks to help deliver the easier management the university is seeking.

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