The Duston School Supports BYOD and 1:1 iPad(R) Programme With Meru(R)
Education-Grade (MEG) Wireless Solution
Meru's High-Density Wi-Fi Enables Uninterrupted Learning and Tackles
Staff Complaints Regarding Poor Network Performance
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwired) -- 01/22/14 -- BETT SHOW
2014 -- Meru Networks(R) (NASDAQ: MERU) today announced that The
Duston School has deployed a Meru Education-grade (MEG(TM)) wireless
solution to support its bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programme for
sixth form students and its planned 1:1 Apple(R) iPad(R)
implementation for all 1,400 pupils and 90 teaching staff. The
Northamptonshire-based academy, which has transformed itself from a
'Special Measures' rating in 2005 to 'Outstanding' in the latest
Ofsted report, has completed phase one of its iPad project in which
it purchased 150 iPads for whole class use. The school is currently
planning phase two, which will introduce a 1:1 iPad programme for all
"With so many mobile devices being deployed, and sixth formers
already bringing in their own laptops and tablets, we needed a Wi-Fi
set-up that could deliver scalable networking and fast performance,"
said Lucy Walshaw, ICT systems and delivery leader at The Duston
School. "The feedback has been the most satisfying part about
installing the new network. Before, we had regular, heartfelt
complaints about sluggish performance or being unable to connect, as
staff had lost confidence in the Wi-Fi. Now we have nothing but
The Meru solution replaces the school's previous wireless network,
which prompted regular complaints from staff about dropped
connections and poor performance. In addition to density issues, the
school's passive infrared (PIR) motion sensors also caused channel
interference with the Wi-Fi, making Meru's single channel
architecture the ideal solution. The new wireless network will
eventually support approximately 2,000 iPads for both staff and
students in addition to the 500 pre-existing devices. The planned 1:1
learning programme, which could see 1,400 iPads go live
simultaneously, is planned for the new academic year.
The Duston School network includes 48 Meru AP332 dual-radio,
dual-band 802.11n WLAN access points, fitted throughout the school.
The 'Hub,' an expansive, high-advanced library, is one area within
which the school expects large numbers of users to be accessing the
wireless network. This was recently put to the test when they
conducted staff iPad training with 90 iPads in use simultaneously --
without connectivity issues.
The school's solution is designed to support a variety of wireless
technologies including Apple TV(R) and iPads as well as the sixth
form students' personal devices through BYOD. For management and
security purposes the school decided to separate their network using
a variety of VLANs; this was part of the wireless network deployment
which was designed and implemented by Meru Gold Partner, Switchshop.
Meru's Education-grade (MEG) wireless solution is designed to solve
educational institutions' BYOD (Bring your own device) issues and
support their learning-essential applications. MEG starts with three
1. On-board quickly with BYOD provisioning and secure wireless access
mapped to IT policies.
2. Connect all BYOD devices reliably
anywhere on campus.
3. Learn by deploying validated learning and
teaching applications on BYOD devices over the MEG wireless solution.
"The Duston School is making fast advances into 21st Century learning
with their mobile device initiatives, enabled by Meru," said Mark
Howell, area director for UK and Ireland at Meru Networks. "We are
extremely pleased to have been selected to support the broad device
deployment, and are very enthusiastic about the very positive
feedback they have received from staff and others about the high
quality experience they are having."
The Duston School joins more than 3,000 schools in UK and Ireland who
are currently using Meru MEG solutions.
Additional information about the Meru MEG solution is available here:
For more information about Meru MobileFLEX, visit the MobileFLEX
launch landing page on the Meru web site: http://bit.ly/ZNqPEc.
About Meru Networks
Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) is a market leader
in the development of mobile access and virtualized Wi-Fi solutions.
Meru's MobileFLEX wireless architecture addresses the ever-growing
need for higher bandwidth and higher client densities. The Meru
Identity Manager solution greatly simplifies secure device
on-boarding and the company's unique Context-aware Application Layers
enable dedicated channel assignments for specific applications,
devices and usage scenarios. Meru customers include Fortune 500
businesses as well as leaders in education, healthcare and
hospitality. Founded in 2002, Meru is headquartered in Sunnyvale,
Calif., with operations in North America, Europe, the Middle East,
Asia Pacific and Japan. Visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408)
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