Wireless Solution - Primary School
We're looking to getting a managed wireless solution for our primary school, so it'd be great to hear some opinions on this. We have 20 classrooms, of which only uses 1 teacher laptop each at present (that could be made wireless), as well as 20 netbooks that are occasionally used in KS2 classrooms.
I'm looking to get a few quotes from companies to compare... so far I've got a quote from the Education IT Support at the city council for a Cisco wireless solution, as well an Aerohive wireless solution...
1 x Cisco AIR-CT5508-25-K9 Wireless Controller
24 x Cisco AIR-LAP1142N-E-K9 Access Points
2 x Cisco 24 Port Gigabit with 2 mini Gigabit and POE
1 x Installation and configuration
Total = £17,800
24 x Aerohive AP120
24 x 5 year HiveManager Online + Support
Total = £14,300
Each quote includes 24 access points - 1 for each classroom, plus other rooms; however this can be reduced once a site survey is performed (i.e. classroom sharing).
Although the Aerohive solution got me excited when I first saw it, I'd probably pick the Cisco solution over the Aerohive at present, due to the local support we'd get and site survey included; whereas Aerohive seems more of a DIY job, though the cloud-based controller looks easy to manage. :mmph:
I done a bit of searching on this forum and I've contacted C-P-LTD regarding Ruckus Wireless which looks good.
Does anyone has any suggestions, tips or comments to make that would help me out? I'm a university placement student and have limited knowledge in this area, so your opinions are greatly appreciated.