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Designing Wi-Fi Networks at Scale for a leading Russell Group University

LEVER design replacement Wi-Fi networks for the entire multi-campus estate of a leading Russell Group University

Project Background

High-Specification Wi-Fi services for Students, Staff and Visitors

LEVER’s customer is a leading Russell Group University with a substantial property estate. Like many leading institutions, the University recognised the need to provide reliable, high-speed Wi-Fi services at all properties, both teaching and residential, to meet the demanding needs of its students and staff.

Whilst the University had existing Wi-Fi networks installed in many of its properties, these networks did not provide reliable connectivity or performance, and were unable to deliver the capacity needed when student numbers peaked at specific times during the week, month or year.

  • Client:Leading Russell Group University
  • Sector:Education

Goals and Objectives

Wi-Fi Design where Capacity and Reliability are critical

The University recognised the need to outsource the complex task of Wi-Fi network Planning, Survey and Design to a trusted partner that was independent of the industry’s Wi-Fi equipment manufacturers and suppliers.

The chosen partner would need to work closely with the University in a consultative capacity, to ensure that specific Goals and Objectives were met whilst controlling equipment costs.

Virtually all areas of the University were to be surveyed and comprehensive reports were needed within tight timescales.

LEVER’s work had to provide the University’s IT management team with the information they needed to make decisions that would have long-term implications on student satisfaction and financial costs for the University.

Process and Insight

Commitment to Design Excellence and Cost Savings

Every Wi-Fi network project should follow a five-stage process:

  1. Planning
  2. Survey and Design
  3. Installation
  4. Optimisation
  5. Support.

LEVER’s role in this assignment was to perform Phases 1 and 2.

Critical to the Survey, Design and Optimisation phases are the creation of detailed Specifications for Wi-Fi network design, which have a huge bearing not only on the success of every installed Wi-Fi network, but also on project CapEx and OpEx.

LEVER worked closely with the University to agree processes that would ensure all network designs could be assessed and approved by the University for efficacy and cost reduction.

The Solution

Industrial-scale survey, Optimised Design & rapid turn-around

To meet the customer’s tight deadlines, LEVER’s dedicated multiple Wi-Fi survey teams, each with three engineers, working concurrently in different locations. Teams were managed centrally with survey data reported back daily.

To increase the speed and efficiency of survey work, up to twenty Wi-Fi access points were deployed simultaneously on tripods. LEVER’s MAPT survey method, which evaluates many different Wi-Fi designs for each area surveyed, was employed to deliver optimised Wi-Fi network designs.

Survey data analysis, network design and reporting were performed by a third LEVER team working in conjunction with the University’s IT management staff.

The Outcome

Comprehensive Survey, Optimised Design and Bespoke Reporting

For each building surveyed, LEVER produced optimised Wi-Fi network designs that met the agreed Design Specifications.

It’s important to realise that the outputs of LEVER’s work directly drove the University’s Capital and Operational expenditures for the five to seven year lifetime of the network, therefore every design decision was carefully analysed and assessed to ensure that best value was delivered consistently.

All supporting survey data was supplied, along with summaries of the rationale behind each network design decision.

As a result, all of the University’s buildings have high-speed access to the Internet and vital learning resources, achieved using the correct number of access points.

The University was impressed that LEVER completed this substantial project comprehensively, on time, and within the fixed budget assigned.

LEVER surveyed the entire University estate using the MAPT™ Design method.

All buildings now have high-speed access to the Internet and learning resources.

The University is impressed that LEVER completed this substantial project comprehensively, on time and within budget.

- Ian Lever, Senior Project Manager
Our Benefits

Why choose Lever?

Our experience in University Wi-Fi spans 18 years, and we’ve worked with Russell Group Universities to define new standards for Wi-Fi network Engineering.


Unrivalled training capability

Our World-leading curriculum includes many unique courses and seminars, and specialist Bespoke training.


Experts in the field since 2005

We teach the industry in Wi-Fi network design and we define new standards for Wi-Fi network engineering.


A genuine commitment to staying ahead

LEVER are committed to staying at the front with deep insights into the newest technologies

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