Decent WiFi is critical to the education sector. In fact, it was once described as “vital to a 21st Century learning environment” by the E-Learning Foundation. But there are some schools that are lagging behind the wireless connectivity trend which means their pupils are unable to fully embrace digital learning in all subjects.
Those UK schools that have already installed wireless local area networks (WLANs) are using them to give staff and pupils the freedom to move around with devices, including laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc. while also linking to whiteboards, DECT handsets, digital signage and so much more. Mobile and smart devices are revolutionising the way schools are run and the way pupils learn, with schools either investing in multiple tablets, etc. – some on a 1:1 basis – or allowing pupils to use their own devices on their premises.
But it’s not as simple as plugging in a few wireless routers, so swcomms designs wired LANs and WLANS using a consultancy-style approach to establish current and future needs to propose technically and commercially suitable solutions. We work with Cisco Meraki and Alcatel-Lucent to supply these solutions to meet very specific coverage, capacity, resilience and security needs.
Managing your WLAN
You can enjoy unrivalled visibility of all your network users, their BYOD iOS, Android, Mac, and PC devices, and their applications using a cloud-based application. Armed with rich analytics and a simple to use dashboard, IT administrators can quickly create access control and application usage policies, optimising both the end-user experience and network security. You can even monitor managed devices used away from school.
See web filtering for schools for more details on this subject, but in short, you can also block unwanted web traffic with content filtering tools, throttle bandwidth hogs like Netflix and BitTorrent, and prioritise educational apps like video and Google Docs.