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We currently get our broadband through our LEA and for various reasons are strongly considering getting our own ...
17th July 2012, 11:00 AM #1
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Any reccomendations for school broadband providers
We currently get our broadband through our LEA and for various reasons are strongly considering getting our own solution in.
I'm thinking a 100mb leased line should do the job. We have our own TMG on site that we can use for the filtering and have Sophos Antivirus.
Can anyone suggest a good provider?
Also are there any more considerations I need to make before pursuing this?
17th July 2012, 11:06 AM #2
M247 Top notch at my last place was pukka - @psillars
And yeah ditch WSGFL its awful best thing I did for my old school!
EDIT: If I remember the SLA correctly you have to give them at least 6 months notice if you want to cancel mid term - although it is only a year contract with them.
Last edited by glennda; 17th July 2012 at 11:07 AM.
17th July 2012, 11:27 AM #3
We jumped from the LEA to Zen, we get ADSL backup for free if you have a PSTN line onsite to take it, and well its Zen, actual Tech people at the end of a phone and not script monkeys....
17th July 2012, 11:40 AM #4
Your are right next to an exchange (well 0.5 miles away) which isn't that badly provided - see here.
You might even be able to get a decent EFM connection which will be a lot cheaper.
17th July 2012, 01:27 PM #5
17th July 2012, 05:41 PM #6
If you're in the market for renewal pricing for Broadband provision (including leased lines, FTTC, SIP trunking etc) feel free to contact us.
We find our prices are far more competitive than BT, also with shorter contract terms (usually 3 years vs BT's 5 )
Couple that with Fortinet firewall solutions and the prospect suddenly becomes better than most BT/LEA renewal quotes.
Joe @ CPLTD
17th July 2012, 05:44 PM #7
Having worked with a few of these i wouldn't put them down as a selling point - they are possibly the most annoying Firewalls around!
Originally Posted by CPLTD
17th July 2012, 06:52 PM #8
We went with Vaioni about 18 months ago and it's been just dandy - good pricing on them and never had any problems.
I may or may not have a smug smile on my face when I get circulars from county about problems with their RBC.
17th July 2012, 08:04 PM #9
Well we are here @ SchoolsBroadband
Not sure what Glenda is on about ref Fortinet. They are brilliant firewalls. We've been using them for years.
17th July 2012, 08:26 PM #10
Perhaps i've just been unlucky - they are ok when they work - configuring them is a nightmare when you compare to items such as Watchguards etc
17th July 2012, 09:18 PM #11
Another recommendation for M247. Our new leased line with EFM backup has just gone live. Got it sorted in extra quick time and everyone I've dealt with has been great
We manage our own firewall however (Palo Alto PA-4020) with Smoothwall filtering (SWG-1200's - 3 of them atm ) for the best of both worlds.
17th July 2012, 09:41 PM #12
I'd like to chip in a recommendation for Schools Broadband based on the excellent service had by several schools in my area. Fortinet is easy to work with and the built in VPN gubbins are damn handy. ADSL backup costs an extra £nearlybuggerall because ADSL costs £nearlybuggerall anyway.
17th July 2012, 10:00 PM #13
aww shucks you'll make me blush @synaesthesia
Thanks for the kind words
17th July 2012, 10:25 PM #14
Branch office VPN seems completely unreliable with them (and its not the net link between I've tested that) perhaps it could just be the 15 or so I've worked with.
Originally Posted by SchoolsBroadband
They are fairly straight forward to setup - but then i find that with most firewalls when you understand what you are doing.
17th July 2012, 10:36 PM #15
We use a mix of Draytek, MicroTik and Cisco depending on the application.
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