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A Report from Computer Weekly in November 2012:

Wolverhampton Girls' High School has 750 pupils, many of whom bring in their own laptops, tablets and smartphones. However, the school didn't have the infrastructure to support them.

They chose to install 15 wireless arrays from Xirrus, which was both cheaper than a fully-wired alternative and meant there were no concerns about damaging the buildings during installation.

"Wolverhampton Girls' High School is set in a very beautiful and old building," said Sharon Holness, assistant headteacher. "It was important for us to get a wireless solution in place that would be sympathetic to the surroundings. The Xirrus engineers conducted in-depth surveys around the school and were thorough and professional."

Each array has the capacity for 125,000 ft2 of coverage, but with the number of buildings and obstructions, it was necessary to install more. The deployment happened throughout 2012 with two phases, although Xirrus said each phase itself only took a couple of days.

Now, teachers have embraced the new network by making extra resources available to pupils online, which they believe has led to richer lesson plans and stronger interactions with pupils.


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