Great Torrington School goes for Gigabit Wi-Fi

An academy-status school has deployed superfast 802.11ac Wi-Fi from Meru Networks

Academy-status school Great Torrington School in Devon has deployed superfast 802.11ac Wi-Fi from Meru Networks to support 500 wireless devices, including Apple iPads, and help transform the way the school educates its 750 students. The wireless network was designed and deployed by RM Education, an ICT specialist for Education.

“Our existing network was delivering snail-like speeds,” says Jon Buss, network manager. “It was taking up to 15 minutes to log on to a laptop and authenticate.  Now it’s almost instantaneous.  Pupils and staff can also move seamlessly from classroom to classroom without losing connection and having to log on again and again.”

The school, which is adopting a 1:1 learning environment, is also using Apple TV for bandwidth-hungry media streaming, which it was not able to do before.  It has also signed up to Show My Homework, an online engagement portal that allows teachers to set homework and students to do homework online.  

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