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Sep242013

23:25:55

Fearns Community Sports College Deploys Xirrus Wi-fi Network








Springfield School District Upgrades Wireless Network with Aruba Instant Controller-less Wi-Fi Solution






The new Wi-Fi network enables us to provide a fantastic experience for students, providing them with access to the information and content they need to excel, while future-proofing the college for further expansion and new capabilities, such as BYOD." Xirrus provided Fearns with a fully managed Wi-Fi network with no single point of failure. The college uses the Xirrus Management System (XMS) to manage various aspects of the network, such as monitoring usage levels and controlling which devices connect to the network. "Like most schools and colleges, we don't have a big IT team, so we needed a system that is easy to manage and control," said Brown. "This is especially important when you are moving away from a familiar Windows network. Thanks to Xirrus' management software, it's easy for our IT team to administer the network, monitor performance, control access and set up a dedicated VLAN for students. We also know that we can take advantage of Xirrus' Application Control capabilities when we begin to add specialised school apps that need performance guarantees." "We were very impressed with Xirrus' approach to the whole project, from the initial consultancy to the final delivery. They never pushed us towards the most expensive technology, sites but instead took the time to listen to our needs.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/-fearns-community-sports-college-deploys-xirrus-wi-fi-/2013/09/24/7431735.htm







Springfield School District Upgrades Wireless Network to 802.11n






The district found that its previous wireless network could not handle the increased number of mobile devices and other wireless equipment being used in classrooms for teaching and learning. According to Brent Qualls, manager of data and information systems for Springfield School District, the district plans to roll out a 1:1 iPad program in its three high schools, which makes wireless network reliability even more critical. The district evaluated several wireless technology providers, including Cisco , HP , Meru , and Meraki , but ultimately decided to go with Aruba Instant from Aruba Networks . According to information on the company's site, Aruba Instant is designed for Wi-Fi networks that are distributed across multiple sites, and it uses dynamic access point (AP) election, where one of the APs is dynamically elected to manage the other APs. Springfield School District 186 operates three high schools, seven middle schools, 24 elementary schools, a charter school, an adult education center, a technology center, and business and administrative offices. The school district has already completed the rollout in four of its buildings, where it is supporting about 2,400 devices. In the next few months, the district will continue rolling out the Aruba Instant wireless access points in its other locations. When the deployment is complete, the district will have 1,200 Aruba Instant wireless access points. "With our old network, we were experiencing connection issues on a daily basis, but in the buildings where we've now deployed Aruba Instant, our wireless issues have disappeared," said Qualls in a prepared statement. The district is also using Aruba's AirWave Network Management System to monitor and manage the network.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://thejournal.com/articles/2013/01/15/springfield-school-district-upgrades-wireless-network-to-802.11n.aspx








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Springfield School District Upgrades Wireless Network with Aruba Instant Controller-less Wi-Fi Solution By Business Wire January 15, 2013 | Comments (0) Springfield School District Upgrades Wireless Network with Aruba Instant Controller-less Wi-Fi Solution Reliable, Low Cost Wireless LAN Accommodates Increasing Use of Mobile Devices SUNNYVALE, Calif.--( BUSINESS WIRE )-- Aruba Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARUN ) , a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise, today announced that Springfield School District 186, a K-12 district comprised of 39 locations in Springfield, Illinois, is in the process of deploying Aruba Instant, Arubas controller-less Wi-Fi solution, to upgrade its wireless network. When complete, the deployment will utilize 1,200 Aruba Instant IAP-105 access points along with the Aruba AirWave Management System, to deliver a high-performing, 802.11n wireless LAN for the entire district. Springfield School District is comprised of three high schools, seven middle schools, 24 elementary schools, a charter school, an adult education center, a technology center and business and administrative offices. Although Springfield had previously deployed a wireless network to serve the district, the pre-802.11n network was not reliable or high-performing enough to accommodate the influx of mobile devices and equipment being used in classrooms. Springfield evaluated a number of wireless vendors including Cisco, HP, Meru and Meraki, but ultimately chose Aruba Instant for its low cost, ease of management and reliability. Our teachers and students have become increasingly dependent upon the wireless network for teaching and learning, and with the 1:1 iPad initiative we plan to roll out in the high schools, having a reliable infrastructure is even more critical, said Brent Qualls, manager of data and information systems for Springfield School District. He added, The wireless just has to work, because we dont have the resources to troubleshoot and fix network problems. With our old network, we were experiencing connection issues on a daily basis, but in the buildings where weve now deployed Aruba Instant, our wireless issues have disappeared. To test Aruba Instants reliability, Springfield began its deployment in the most challenging locations in its district: three high schools, one of which was built in the 1900s and contained thick, brick and mortar walls, and all of which had experienced problems. We felt if Instant could work in these locations, it could work anywhere, Qualls explained. The Aruba Instant access points (IAPs) performed flawlessly, providing the coverage and performance Springfield was looking for.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.fool.com/investing/businesswire/2013/01/15/springfield-school-district-upgrades-wireless-netw.aspx







Wireless networks in the enterprise and in schools




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The school has also entered into a new printer and copy contract with Fuji Xerox. All students now have their own swipe card to release print jobs that are delivered over the wireless network to printers in the school. Students have a credit on the card, provided by the school, but once that is gone, they have to pay for their printing themselves, which has led to less waste and more thought before printing, Hastie says. Rangitoto College is now allowing staff time to experiment a bit more before taking further steps to make student laptops mandatory, he says. The big benefit of the wireless network and using computers in the classroom is increased student engagement, says Hastie. Challenges include for staff to accept the devices into the classroom, and to create differentiating classes for those who have devices and those who dont. The school hasnt noticed any increases in cyber-bullying since allowing students own devices. Thats not to say its not happening but weve got strong policies around bullying throughout the school and procedures in place to deal with it when it occurs, says Hastie. Whilst its always an issue in any school, its not a major. Rangitoto College has a fairly open policy in terms of filtering and initially allowed students access to Facebook, but that has now been stopped for two reasons Facebook traffic was taking up too much bandwidth, and also to give students a break from the addictive nature of Facebook, says Hastie. Traffic volumes are roughly 75GB a day, with Youtube being one of the top bandwidth users, says the schools IT manager, Wayne Everett. There are 130 access points around the school, with a capacity of 60-90 clients each, he says.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.computerworld.co.nz/article/490863/wireless_networks_enterprise_schools/




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