Business Focused IT Support

The Kings School Canterbury

Point to Multi Point Wireless Networks

Project Background

The Kings School, in Canterbury is described as possibly the oldest school in the world, with records dating back to 597AD, when St Augustine arrived to evangelize England. However, it was in 1541 when Henry VIII established the school with a head master, lower master and 50 Kings Scholars, leading to the school to be known as Kings School. Set in the historic grounds of Canterbury Cathedral, a world heritage site. The buildings are a mix, dating from 14th century to the newest in the 21st century. Offering independent, boarding and day school co-education for children aged 13 – 18.

The school had a requirement to connect various buildings across Canterbury to the network, and due to the nature of the types of buildings, as well as strict planning regulations within the walled city, the solution needed to be sympathetic to the age of the buildings, as well as meeting today’s need of technical connectivity.

Kings School

Project Solution

With a strong track record of delivering highly bespoke solutions, whilst maintaining a competitive price, MPR IT were approached by The Kings School to help design and rollout a high speed LAN across the city of Canterbury, connecting multiple school grounds into a single network. Following an initial site survey, it was quickly identified that due to restrictions and costs, meant that the use of a BT optic fibre or leased line network would not be suitable.

Wireless was the perfect answer to connect four different buildings together with Point-to-Point Wireless technology. Taking into consideration an existing mobile phone infrastructure, public access, historic buildings and a railway.

Project Result

As an official OFCOM registered company, MPR IT specified and installed the LigoPTP 5-23 PRO at the schools main campus within the Music Hall. The link is then beamed 656 metres across Canterbury to the Malthouse, which would act as a central point. From here, two further links were sent out 148 metres to the Sports Hall and 264 metres to the Cricket Pavilion.

The end result is a 300 Mbps, light licenced, wireless network which is monitored from a central location to observe peaks and troughs in the frequency, throughput of the bandwidth, as well as monitoring the ambient temperature of each unit and much more.

What Kings Say About MPR IT

MPR IT have been flexible in their dealings with us, being willing to adjust to some unusual site environments and to coordinate parts of the installation work with our in-house technicians and premises managers. They were also proactive in contacting and liaising with a third party provider, with whom we had to share space. They surveyed and proved signal quality of the proposed equipment in advance of giving us a quote. Their work was of a good standard and the equipment has performed as predicted. They are prompt in checking any issues to which they are alerted by the monitoring system. We are very satisfied with their overall service and would certainly consider them for future work

Graham Bodey
IT Manager