SOURCE: D-Link Systems, Inc.

D-Link Systems, Inc.

November 25, 2009 06:00 ET

D-Link® Solutions Give City Officials in Williams Lake, British Columbia, a Unified Wireless Network With Freedom to Roam

MISSISSAUGA, ON--(Marketwire - November 25, 2009) - The Town Hall in the city of Williams Lake serves as a hub for the community in the central interior of British Columbia, Canada. However, the facility's lack of wireless Internet access was hampering its ability to meet the needs of those it serves.

City administrators decided to install a unified wireless network in the 7,000 square foot, three-story building to provide enhanced access and portability to administrative staff, city council members and visitors so they could access the Internet from their laptops and mobile phones from anywhere in the building. The city contacted O-Netrix, a local D-Link® reseller, to implement the wireless network.

"They were seeking a seamless, one-stop wireless solution, but there were some challenges," said Ken Waters, service manager for O-Netrix. "There is a cement elevator shaft running through the middle of the building that would have an impact on the signal strength, so we had to consider logistics."

"We also had a budget to consider. I had worked with D-Link before and knew that their solutions included service, backup, and support. It was very important for us to provide an affordable end-to-end solution," said Wayne Gulliford, network analyst, O-Netrix. "In addition, they wanted to be able to control who has access to the network, so it was important that we had secure, layered switch with management functions."

The city opted for the D-Link Managed Layer 2 Switching and D-Link Unified Wireless Access. They set up a temporary implementation and tested it before permanently mounting the equipment. After making minor adjustments to the access points, they had a seamless wireless network up and running.

"We were receiving excellent signal strength and throughput in a matter of hours, and the benefits are tremendous," Gulliford said. "Now the staff can walk anywhere in the building, on any floor, and access the network with their laptops to a secure connection."

"The layered switch provides management features that allow them to control access to the network," he said. "And the system is very scalable, which will save them costs in the long run."

"The town officials are ecstatic. Since we finished the final install they have not had any issues -- it's very low maintenance," Waters said.

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D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for small, medium and large enterprise business networking. The company is an award-winning designer, developer and manufacturer of networking, broadband, digital electronics, voice, data and video communications solutions for the digital home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup to Enterprise environments. With millions of networking and connectivity products manufactured and shipped, D-Link is a dominant market participant and price/performance leader in the networking and communications market. D-Link Networks' headquarters are located at 2525 Meadowvale Boulevard, Mississauga, ON, L5N 5S2. Phone: (800) 354-6522 or (905) 829-5033. FAX (905) 829-5223. Internet

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