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New Classroom Technology with 802.11ac

Written by Danny Mareco Danny Mareco | January 3, 2014

I recently googled, “iPads in the classroom providing creative benefits for students” and the very first website that popped up was a You Tube video.  Almost anything googled in this day in age will produce some type of informative video.  Even Twitter is constantly leading me to a video feed.  My point is this is the year of video.  And we all want access to video streaming ALL THE TIME and with no degradation in performance.

Classrooms are the same.  We are finding more and more classrooms want and need the proper wireless infrastructure to support video streaming for students and that is the impetus for this article.  With the next phase of newly developed ways of teaching comes the next phase of technology to help that instruction become achievable.  So if this is the year for your wireless refresh or you are looking to begin developing the proper infrastructure for your classroom, it is essential the benefits of this new technology are understood. 

802.11ac is a set of physical layer enhancements for higher throughput in the 5-GHz band.  These enhancements were brought about primarily with video in mind.  This technology continues the techniques developed in 802.11n with additional antennas, wider channels, more spatial streams and a number of features that improves throughput and reliability.  For further understanding of the enhancements the new technology brings you can refer to one of our earlier blogs, 802.11ac vs. 802.11n (Infographic) : Which wireless solution is better?  A main takeaway from the article is that if you have recently found yourself having deployed an 802.11n network your investment was not a waste.  The new technology plays extremely well with the current network you deployed.  So if you want to replace or even add-on to your current network it is perfectly suitable to buy an 802.11ac access point to mix in. 

It is worth having a discussion with wireless experts on whether your needs and applications would benefit having the new 802.11ac technology.  Make sure to get a proper Wireless Design to determine the scope of the project you’re looking to undertake.  When creating a wireless network design we factor in our customer’s specific requirements to design a system unique to their specified needs.  Let us know if we can be a resource for you as you are looking forward to an 802.11ac deployment or a phased in implementation with your existing 802.11n network.  We are always happy to answer any of your questions.  Just contact us here. 

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