Meraki MR-series access points
Meraki MS-series managed switches
Meraki MX-series firewalls
Separated A/V network from data networks
Cloud-based monitoring and analytics through Meraki’s dashboard
“Engaging TSP early in the design/build process proved invaluable. By the time we started to physically build out the network and IT infrastructure, the ‘blueprint’ was so solid that the build went like clockwork. The time spent on the planning, and especially the documentation, definitely was paid back many times over.”
- JAY W.
VP AND CTO,
THE BOSTON CELTICS
The Boston Celtics have been a valued TSP client since 2001, and we have provided the organization with a wide range of technical support services, including installation and recalibration of boardroom A/V and upgrading the WiFi at Celtics HQ, next to the Boston Garden. In 2018, the Celtics asked us to take on core network design of the team’s new Auerbach Center Practice Facility in Allston.
Core network design of the new Auerbach Practice Center
Meraki access points, switches and firewalls
Bringing simplicity to a complex process
A key challenge our team faced was how best to design a reliable and efficient core network capable of handling over 42TB of data in any given week--including real-time video and audio for players, coaches, staff, and press.
To address these concerns, we compiled a detailed list of products, and constructed an overall network design and architecture. With the client, we selected Meraki access points, switches, and firewalls, and tested both painted and vinyl-wrapped access points to determine which method provided the best synthesis of wireless signal and aesthetic alignment.
Our team created a “virtual” network design entirely on paper, and configured the Meraki systems before they were even delivered. This allowed for a completely “engineerless” installation process where the Celtics in-house IT staff could install equipment using detailed plans we developed, with configurations downloaded from the cloud as soon as the devices were powered up. And the Meraki dashboard allowed us to remotely monitor and troubleshoot installation issues the Celtics IT staff encountered.
Using cloud-based software like Google Sheets, RingCentral Meetings, and LucidChart allowed us to work with Celtics staff on design changes in real time, between face to face sessions.
A collaborative approach. A winning solution.
The Auerbach project allowed us to bring our working relationship with the Celtics to a whole new level, and demonstrated the value of close client collaboration. Using cloud-based software like Google Sheets, RingCentral Meetings, and LucidChart allowed us to work with Celtics staff on design changes between face to face sessions, in real time. Remote document sharing ensured that our two teams stayed in sync through the entire process, and resulted in a productive, congenial, and highly successful finished product.
For a big press event, the Celtics were able to open the practice center with a fully functioning network, even while other physical elements were still being installed. Thanks to our careful planning and commitment to enhanced digital collaboration with the client team, the project was completed with significant savings in both cost and labor.
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Key services provided:
Core network design