Improve network and wireless performance


The Customer:  The Scots College

Founded in 1893, The Scots College is one of Australia’s oldest and most reputable boys’ schools, educating from preschool through to year 12. Attracting students from across Australia as well as from around the world, they focus strongly on encouraging students to persist, persevere and achieve, facilitated by world-class amenities and innovative programs. It is therefore an imperative of the college to ensure their technology is state-of-the-art.

Challenge: Improve network and wireless performance

With technology now an increasing driver of education, The Scots College required an upgrade of their network infrastructure, including upgrading wireless access to all end users. With an ageing network and an already busy IT department, the College was struggling to manage the existing network infrastructure centrally or gauge its efficiency. Increasing file sizes were congesting the internal network, slowing it considerably. They required a solution that would provide network infrastructure capable of supporting the growing amount of data, applications, video, audio and email, as well as their intranet and student management system. Specifically, The Scots College’s ICT Director, Paul Lister, sought an IT solutions partner to design and deliver a new core network infrastructure. Key requirements for the new framework included:

  • a network capable of speeds of up to 10 Gbps,
  • improved redundancy of the core network systems,
  • a management tool to facilitate network transparency and wireless access, and
  • ongoing maintenance and support to allow the college’s IT resources to focus on other business deliverables.

“The Scots College needed a significant upgrade. We’re in a digital world, files are bigger and there are more students using the network,” Paul explained.



  • New network infrastructure including Nexus and Catalyst switches, Wireless LAN Controllers, and Access Points.
  • Extended wireless coverage and density through an increase in access points and a high availability Wireless LAN Controller Cluster.
  • Implementation of Cisco Prime network monitoring and management solution.
  • Improved connectivity - speed and reliability - across the campus.
  • Students and staff now enjoy speeds of up to 10 Gbps.
  • Greater core network redundancy.
  • Greater network visibility.



The solution: A Network Infrastructure that’s faster and stronger

A new Cisco network infrastructure was installed at the College’s three campuses in Bellevue Hill. A dedicated Ricoh IT Services team worked with the College’s IT staff over the Christmas break to ensure minimal disruption to staff and students.

The solution is comprised of Nexus and Catalyst switches, Wireless LAN Controllers, and Access Points to make up the framework for the College’s new network infrastructure. To extend wireless coverage and density, an increase in Access Points as well as a high availability Wireless LAN Controller Cluster was built into the design.


The Results: Capable and reliable digital delivery

Designed by Ricoh IT Services, the new core network provides a huge increase in performance, allowing for the bandwidth required for next-generation wireless needs as well as current and future applications.

The benefits of the new infrastructure were seen immediately; “We upgraded the switches on the internal network environment so all large digital files, plus internal hosted websites, email and our student management system are quicker,” said Paul.

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