Accucom Systems Integration has teamed up with networking giant, Cisco, to provide uniform wireless coverage across a girls' school in North Sydney.
During the last three years, Accucom has worked with Cisco and the Wenona School to implement 49 Cisco 1200 Series wireless access points across the school's three campuses. The campuses are connected by a fibre optic network that also links the school's desktop computers.
The network is based on three Cisco Catalyst 3750 Series and about 40 Cisco Catalyst 2950 Series switches. It is connected to the Internet via two Cisco 800 Series integrated services routers.
Besides designing and implementing the network infrastructure, Accucom also manages the network and provides all tech support.
A fully functional wireless network has been up and running for the past 12 months, connecting about 500 Wenona students and 80 teachers.
However, there is still much to be done before the project is complete. Accucom has so far only executed the first of a three-stage rollout plan by installing the access points and reasonable security. The next stage, which is currently in testing, is to implement multiple radio servers and 802.1x security.
The second stage will involve the re-imaging of all laptops and the phasing out of 3Com switches. This is expected to be completed by end of year. The final stage is to implement a lightweight access point that will provide thin-client wireless acces, giving Cisco more control for managing the network centrally.
Accucom has been a Cisco partner for 12 years.