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Quorum Business Park Management Suite, a brief case study

Planned office expansion

Recently Quorum Business Park management suite needed to move to a larger office. Due to the growing success of the park the management team had outgrown their current offices and wanted to add meeting room facility.

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The plan

The plan was to use the existing computer equipment but augment the wireless to include a guest wireless network for visitors using the new meeting rooms.

The meeting rooms can take up to 20 users each, coupled with the existing staff we wanted to ensure the wireless access points (WAP’s) could handle the expected load, also that we had good wireless coverage throughout the new offices.

We surveyed the new offices, based on the survey together with user requirements of two meeting rooms with up to 20 delegates plus office users we recommended three Cisco WAP321 wireless access points. We have successfully used Cisco WAP321 access points on other similar sized and larger projects in other business centres. With this setup we can provide a wireless network to meet current predicted needs but the solution is also expandable to meet future needs such as adding more meeting rooms.

The Cisco WAP321 offer a controller-less clustered wireless network ideal for small to medium business. More technical info on Cisco WAP321can be found here

We configured a secure wireless network for Quorum management suite staff with a separate guest network for the meeting rooms and other visitors.

How guests get connected

When delegates connect to the meeting room wireless SSID named after the meeting room they are in, the delegate is presented with a splash screen where they enter a password which is controlled by the management suite staff and changed as often as they need to. The delegate needs to tick a box to accept terms and conditions thereafter they are passed to Quorum Business Park’s home page where they are free to browse the internet or receive emails.

We can also limit the bandwidth of guest users so they can not hog the internet connection.

Further information

I realise that I haven’t provided much technical information in this brief case study, this is intentional, I wanted to convey the main points without getting bogged down in technical jargon.

Obviously lots of work went in behind the scenes to deliver a successful project, including…

New power over Ethernet (PoE) switch.

VOIP phones.

Fibre optic link to second building.

New structured Cat6 cabling (certified).

Configuring WAP’s for staff SSID and Guest captive portal SSID’s

Training on the use of the Cisco WAP321 user / password setup with continuing support.

We were not tasked with all the works but did work with other companies involved to deliver success.

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