Aug 17, 2013
Q: What is an “Enterprise grade” wireless network and why do I need one?
A: Enterprise Grade Wireless consists of well-known hardware from vendors such as Aruba, Ruckus, or Aerohive. These wireless systems have central management, control signal strength to give reliable high density wireless coverage, and deliver flexibility and multiple levels of security. Warranties range from 5 years to Lifetime and the hardware is of high build quality.
Q: We are about to be SNUPPED, should we go take up the offer to deploy school wide wireless or have more cabling and switches installed?
A: This depends on your school's situation, if BYOD is planned to be implemented in the next year or two or wireless is a priority then go for the wireless option, else get more cabling. Next generation wireless will be available when you need it, and cabling lasts at least 20 years and will be utilised.
Q: Security and Limiting user access are key, what is best practice?
A: Typically Wireless networks should be segmented into a series of “virtual” networks with differing rule sets. 1. “Trusted” For Trusted School owned machines with full school network access eg Tela laptops 2. “BYOD” for student and staff BYOD devices, with limited access to the school network and internet access. 3. “Guest” network for 3rd parties, limited internet access only
Q: What’s a good rule of thumb to ensure wireless coverage?
A: Ideally a site survey should be performed. Consider one access point per classroom, this will typically ensure good coverage and support high density use such as BYOD. Again ensure to purchase an enterprise grade wireless system that can control the power of your Access Points else there is the possibility that coverage will overlap too much and the wireless simply won’t work well.