As part of the University’s planned infrastructure renewal it wanted to connect all five of its campuses into one Wireless LAN network, creating an always connected environment for staff and students to work and relax.
Each of the University’s Campuses are self contained, providing a small and friendly atmosphere, but able to connect the central University resources.
The five sites are Bedford, Luton, Butterfield Park, Putteridge Bury and Buckinghamshire (Aylesbury).
Many of the sites have modern buildings enabling Wireless LAN to be easily fitted, however the Putteridge Bury campus provided special challenges. It is a magnificent old country mansion set in some 30 acres of woodland and built in 1911, with solid (thick) walls that tended to severely attenuate Wireless LAN signals.
Site Survey and Planning
A three step process was used to define the solution:
- 1: Information gathering – Floor plans for each site were obtained from the customer with any existing infrastructure marked on.
- 2: Site Survey – Engineers surveyed each site measuring signal loss through walls, floor and ceilings. An important step, it highlighted Putteridge Bury campus as being a special concern due to the extremely thick walls causing problems with signal propagation.
- 3: Planning ‐ Engineers used planning tools and experience to include obstacles in the floorplans and determine the best position to place wireless access points (APs) for optimal coverage.