When looking at the client’s brief, Sudlows felt that a Ubiquiti Unifi Solution would best match the client’s requirements from both a cost and ease of use point of view. As the building had already been fitted with a structured cabling system, the network was designed with this in mind.
Each student bedroom was fitted with a Wireless Access Point providing 802.11ac grade wireless performance in each of the student bedrooms. The wireless network was installed as an encrypted service with an additional guest portal requiring re-authentication every seven days. The two communal rooms in the premises were also provided with wireless coverage.
Unifi PoE (Power Over Ethernet) Switches were also installed to provide both connectivity and power for the Wireless Access Points, and to also provide connectivity for each student’s fixed wired outlets; two per student and also general data outlets within the communal spaces. The network was segregated into multiple VLANS (Virtual Local Area Networks) to provide a level of security between student traffic and other building services and general data.
The solution also made use of a Unifi Security Gateway Pro and a Unifi Cloud Key. The security gateway provided Layer 3 services for the network and a firewall between the student network and the outside world. Sudlows engaged with the end client to understand the services that they would permit on the network. The Cloud Key provides the software controller for the overall solution, offering an easy dashboard and management point for the clients’ ICT team and a remote connection point for Sudlows technical support to provide maintenance and support as needed.
In addition to the installation and configuration of the wireless solution, Sudlows have also provided a service contract covering bi-annual maintenance and an on call service, all managed by our dedicated Facilities Management department.
Sudlows designed a solution for Lister Gate Student Accommodation that perfectly matched their requirements. The Unifi Solution met the clients’ budget costs and provided the ideal level of security and performance for the student network. Sudlows were able to procure, set up, deploy and commission the entire network within the tight timeframes required. The bolt-on maintenance and support contract provides comfort for the client that the solution will be fully operational during its life cycle.