Wireless Networking With Meru Using 802.11n for Data and Voice Is Better by Design for Leading European Architects BDP

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Executive Summary

When European interdisciplinary design practice BDP acquired a 33,000 square foot northern England headquarter, they wanted to deploy LAN on the multi-storey building. It was difficult to employ Wi-Fi accurately at such a large facility. Once the access points are up and running, radio signals can be muffled, deflected, and blocked by building materials, office machines, and even people. BDP is known for its innovative and award-winning projects such as refurbishing the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Opera House in London, expansion of the All-England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon, the Chunnel train station, and Aintree racecourse. The company has a staff of more than 1,200 architects, designers, engineers and other professionals. The company wanted a workspace that would reflect the design and functionality that the firm was so famous for. They wanted to offer a nurturing workspace for employees, without physical barriers to creativity. Therefore, BDP required a wireless network that would allow employees to get online at any place. This way they could collaborate and discuss at any place they wished. They also wanted a wireless network that would support land-line quality voice over IP when deployed. The company deployed a Meru MC1030 controller that came with twenty-five Meru AP311 access points. They also engaged a single channel Virtual Cell for seamless wireless access across the facility. The Meru AP311 access points are 1-802.11 a/b/g and can easily be upgraded to 802.11n.

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