Success Stories The Gunnery turns to Fluidmesh for wireless network expansion

The Gunnery, a co-ed college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades nine through twelve and post graduate, recently turned to Fluidmesh to expand its existing wireless network. Located on the historic Washington, Connecticut Green, the school had a wireless system in place, but was looking to add two remote buildings to its existing network.

The challenge, according to BJ Daniels, Director of Technology of  The Gunnery, was finding an affordable way to provide wireless to those facilities.”It would have been too expensive to bring fiber to the two other buildings,” he explains. “We had a fairly straight-forward objective in mind. Fluidmesh delivered the solutions, simplicity, and reliability we were looking for, and the cost was right in line with our budget.”

The system expansion was configured using a single Fluidmesh 3100 on The Gunnery’s Maintenance facility, which was already on its wired network, and two Fluidmesh 1200 units on the remote buildings that connect back to the 3100 via point to multipoint.

The FM3100 MITO mounts a 2×2 MIMO sector antenna and is designed for medium and large point to multipoint deployments with up to 150 clients. The FM 1200 VOLO is a 2×2 MIMO (Multiple Inputs Multiple Outputs) -based wireless radio designed for backhauling mission-critical video, voice and data.  The VOLO is also a data processing powerhouse that’s intuitive and easy to deploy.

Daniels adds that “The system is meeting our needs very well and is working perfectly. We use the multipoint-to-point setup, with two outlying buildings connecting to a main unit that is on our network. The devices were easy to configure, support was very helpful and easy to work with, and the installation went smoothly.”