UK’s largest wireless LAN coming to Cardiff University

Cardiff University is expanding its wireless network in a project that will create the country’s largest wireless local area network (WLAN). The new network will cover 66 buildings across three square miles with over 1,300 access points, and will cater for 30,000 students, 5,000 staff and visiting guests.

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Cardiff University is expanding its wireless network in a project that will create the country’s largest wireless local area network (WLAN).The new network will cover 66 buildings across three square miles with over 1,300 access points, and will cater for 30,000 students, 5,000 staff and visiting guests.

The university wants to ensure maximum wireless coverage by expanding the existing wireless capability for the whole campus and peripheral sites.

Anthony Cope, IT manager at Cardiff University, said: "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, resilient and as secure as possible.”

The university has drafted in education supplier RM to run the implementation and AirDefense to organise security. The airwaves surrounding the Cardiff WLAN will be constantly monitored by AirDefense’s enterprise product to ensure the security of the network across all sites. Trapeze’s Ringmaster WLAN management platform is being use to help ensure high quality of service while requiring minimal attention from IT staff.

For more information, our sister site Techworld has a comprehensive wireless network resource page.

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