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Nortec reduces cost and complexity while updating IT solutions

The Background

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa., and approximately 310 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. It is located in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, and houses the largest theological library in the three-state region.

The Challenge

PTS was looking to update its legacy wireless solution. The organization had outgrown its capabilities. Speed, range, and security were becoming major issues they needed to solve. PTS spoke with many vendors including Aruba, Cisco, and Meraki in an effort to find a solution that connected all of its buildings in a way where users did not have to be hardwired into the network.

The Solution

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary had not previously worked with Nortec, but its Director of Information Technology David Middleton knew about Nortec’s highly regarded reputation and requested a meeting. “I knew Tim Weaver of Nortec and knew how good he was, so I was very comfortable with that,” stated David Middleton.

After reviewing all the different vendors PTS was considering, Nortec recommended Aerohive for its needs. Aerohive Networks reduces the cost and complexity of networks with cloud-enabled, distributed Wi-Fi and routing solutions. David Middleton agreed: “the price point was attractive, while still offering the enterprise-class features we wanted. It was not a centralized solution, but a true controllerless solution – centrally controlled, configured and commanded, but operated as unique fault tolerant pods. More resilient, more tolerant with more up time.”

PTS went ahead and implemented Aerohive and felt Nortec was “terrific through the entire process,” said David Middleton. “I felt confident in Nortec because I was dealing with a long-term partner.”


Aerohive created a mesh network between all the buildings. It allowed PTS to get its staff off a VPN and onto a much more reliable connection. Staff and faculty can now be on the LAN wirelessly and do so securely. Due to the success of this project, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is looking forward to partnering with Nortec again in the future.

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