MLR Networks helps Darwin Escapes get connected with its first passive optical LAN installation

MLR Networks is delighted to announce we have secured a new contract with Darwin Escapes to design and install a passive optical LAN at its newest holiday park in Derbyshire. The six-month project will give Darwin Escapes IP functionality to the new lodges, as well as supporting the operations of the business.

MLR Networks and Darwin Escapes have worked together in the past at their other resorts, providing structured cabling and fibre optic installations. This installation at their newbuild site Rivendale, in Derbyshire will be their first using a Passive Optical LAN (POL).

“We are delighted to be working with Darwin Escapes again. The POL solution we designed will give guests staying in the lodges access to high-speed internet services, whilst also supporting a range of IP-based services in the future. POL is the perfect fit for a business spread over a large area, where reliable, internet connectivity is a must. By installing a single-mode fibre optic cabling network, Darwin has ensured they have a future-proofed cabling infrastructure capable of carrying huge amounts of data.”

Ian Morris, Managing Director of MLR Networks.

Why a Passive Optical LAN?

A traditional cabling infrastructure has always presented issues with large sites such as Darwin Escapes. With a maximum cable length for copper at 90m, multiple outdoor communications enclosures are usually required. These enclosures are usually large, and as they contain equipment, they need power to provide heating in the winter and cooling in the summer.

For Darwin Escapes, this POL solution has removed the need for active equipment in outdoor enclosures, replacing with smaller passive fibre optic splitters which require no power, heating or cooling, resulting in a reduction in the number and size of the outdoor enclosures saving costs, improving park aesthetics and simplifying the installation. Work for MLR Networks begins immediately, to make sure that the refurbished park is open and ready for customers in late summer.

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About MLR Networks
MLR Networks is a network IT infrastructure specialist with a vast experience small and large scale deployments in the leisure sector. Services include data cabling, wireless networking and technical services including passive optical LAN, enterprise networking, SD-Access, SD-WAN, network security, telephony and managed services.

About Darwin Escapes
Darwin Escapes currently operate 20 luxurious holiday resorts and 2 golf courses across the UK offering holiday breaks and holiday home ownership. A wide variety of holiday styles are accommodated, ranging from romantic boutique escapes to luxury lodge retreats and traditional family focused holiday parks, all of which boast state-of-the-art and diverse accommodation and on-site facilities including spas, gyms, restaurants and activities.

The company strives to raise the standards of the UK holiday park industry and to ultimately provide the best possible holiday experience for holiday makers and holiday home owners by creating brand new resorts in stunning UK locations with accommodation and facilities that rival those of 5 star hotels.

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