No matter how big or small your school is, deploying a wireless network is a huge task. Knowing where to start and how to create the right plan is critical to producing the best results, the first time around. In this week's Wi-Fi Minute video, we discuss 3 wifi planning tips to help you create a reliable and secure school wireless network.
What's going on, everybody? My name is Danny. Welcome to another "Wi-Fi Minute." Today's topic, three Wi-Fi planning tips to create a reliable and secure school wireless network. All right. Let's put 60 seconds up on the clock and let's do this.
One, plan for capacity, not just coverage.
Just because you have 1500 students doesn't mean you're only gonna have to support 1500 devices. Typically, the average number is actually two to three devices per student. So, in reality, that same 1500 number is really 4500 devices. Capacity needs context. How many devices, what types of devices, and knowing their different capabilities so you can plan accordingly.
Two, using role-based access control.
You need to know who's accessing the network, students, teachers, guests, how they're accessing it, laptops, smartphones, tablets, and where, classrooms, the cafeteria, admin offices. The security process assigns and enforces specific roles and policies to users, user groups, or devices to control access to your network. So everyone gets what they need, nothing more and nothing less.
Three, budgeting on a three to four-year cycle.
Technology changes quickly, every week, month, year. There are new updates, new devices, new security threats. As it evolves, so should your wireless network. Currently, that means about every three to four years, you're looking at refreshing your platform. Like water and electricity, wireless today needs to be seen as a utility. I know budgets are tight but there are options available like E-rate and even other monthly financing plans that you should be aware of.
There's definitely more to it than just these three planning tips. However, everything I mentioned here today will get you started in the right direction. Down in the description, I've included a link to our wireless network design kit, which will provide you with everything you need to know before you deploy a large-scale, wireless network. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them down below. Thanks for watching and we'll see you next time.
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