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School buys $200,000 network

Woodford House girls school in Hawke's Bay has installed a $200,000 network based on Windows NT and Intel networking gear.

Woodford House girls school in Hawke's Bay has installed a $200,000 network based on Windows NT and Intel networking gear.

The school's new $2.5 million teaching block incorporates a computer lab with 24 PCs on an NT network for IT education, assignments and internet use. Seventy-two other PCs were also bought as part of the 280-student school's IT upgrade, which involved laying 4km of cables.

Network administrator Robin Hicks says the school wanted a robust and reliable system which would replace its current ad-hoc system, built up in bits and pieces over the years. The system was designed, with assistance from local company Glenn Cook Telecommunications Solutions, around the Intel Express 550T routing switch, using 330T 24-port hubs for the classrooms and administration, and InBusiness hubs and switches throughout the rest of the school.

The system can handle 100 users at a time, and gives the school a computer to student ratio greater than 1:3.

Students have monitored and filtered email and the internet can be accessed over any machine through a controlled proxy server. All printing is monitored through a central system using InBusiness print stations and student work is stored on a central file server.

Administration is computer-based, along with standard accounting /payroll functions. DeviceView manages network traffic. The Intel gear was sold through the company's educational pricing scheme.