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Derwent Living Wireless Network - Case Study

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Derwent Living is a not-for-profit organisation providing affordable housing to suit a range of lifestyles. Formed in 1964, Derwent Living works with customers to build thriving communities where people want to live. Derwent Living manages more than 15,000 properties in the Midlands, South Yorkshire and the South East.

Derwent Living wanted to upgrade and extend their IT systems to provide secure wireless connectivity for staff in their 5 offices, as well as providing services for guests.

During the building of the new college the problem of connecting Offshore/Aerospace and the Construction annex to the main college network had to be solved.

PW Wireless installed a wireless solution, which included the cable points for the wireless access points at the head office in Derby, and have provided a remote configuration (and support) service to manage the network. The system was implemented in March 2012.

"I am very happy with the way the PW Team have managed the project. The cable installation went very well; they were quick, and also tidy. They have also done a good job in configuring the new wireless setup, and helped with the reconfiguration of our routers to support access points in remote offices. We are happy with the overall implementation"
Ben Tabbron, ICT Hardware technician - Project Manager Derwent Living

Wireless LAN: The Solution

Following discussions in January to understand the requirements of Derwent Living, PW Wireless proposed a wireless LAN to support staff and guests with company laptops, and their own mobile devices. Following these discussions and a site visit, PW Wireless offered a solution, which covered the head office in Derby and 4 remote offices. The implementation was completed in March 2012.

The PW Wireless "hospitality" solution includes the latest range of wireless access points, which are fully functional and feature the latest in wireless 802.11n MIMO technology. The solution includes a software management system, which was installed onto a PC (can also be a Mac) and is accessed via a web browser.

The controller software allows the operator to instantly provision all access points, map out the network and manage system traffic.

Supplier Information

PW Wireless Networks Ltd

PWWN are part of the PW Comms Group, based in Cheshire. We are an ISO9001 accredited, independent solutions integrator with considerable experience delivering business efficiency through connecting people applications and technology.

We provide the latest wireless technology for indoor, outdoor and bridging applications including a unique range of professional services to support our customers from initial consultation, technical surveys and installation through to lifetime support of the network.

To find out more about our wireless solutions and services we offer please call 01925 751638 or email