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5 Myths and The Truth About Modernizing Your School Wireless Network
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5 Myths and The Truth About Modernizing Your School Wireless Network

Have you ever heard the saying “You’re only as good as your weakest link”. It’s a common saying sure, but what I love about it is that 99.9 percent of the time it’s true. Especially when designing and deploying school wireless networks. Many schools have been integrating and updating their school wifi for some time, trying to keep pace with the latest learning models and mobile devices. However, for most of them it’s been a challenge.

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Is Your Campus Wifi Quality Affecting Student Enrollment?
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Is Your Campus Wifi Quality Affecting Student Enrollment?

What drives attendance at our colleges and universities? Is it academics, maybe it’s tradition or a top tier academic program. What if I told you that 38% of students said that the quality of campus wifi was a deciding factor when choosing a school to attend. In addition to this about 30% of college students say that they would recommend a school solely based on the quality of the wifi.

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Managed Services - Does Your School Wireless Network Really Need It?
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Managed Services - Does Your School Wireless Network Really Need It?

With the rollout of 802.11ac, the face of school wireless network communications is changing. Because of the broad changes involved, wireless networks that are only a few years old may already be facing obsolescence, and school IT departments may not be positioned to handle a total system overhaul. Managed services may be the solution to your problem, providing professional network management without the expense of hiring additional staff.

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How to Maximize Your School Wireless Network with Secure Mobility
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How to Maximize Your School Wireless Network with Secure Mobility

On June 29th, 2007 the world as we knew it had changed forever. This was day that the iPhone was first introduced and while some may argue this point, I believe that this day also introduced the world to what we now call “Secure Mobility”. Since the explosion of mobile devices and apps a lot has changed, especially when it comes to how we think about designing and building networks.

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5 Hidden Costs When Deploying Wireless Networks in Your School
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5 Hidden Costs When Deploying Wireless Networks in Your School

The old adage proper planning prevents poor performance has never been more relevant than when thinking about how to deploy wireless infrastructure in a school. Over the next two years with the changes in E-Rate funding, along with the demands of common core and online testing; we’re poised to see a lot of school districts either upgrading their wireless networking or completely replacing it with 802.11ac, the newer (and much faster) wireless standard.

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How Campus Wifi Is Shaping The College Experience [Infographic]
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How Campus Wifi Is Shaping The College Experience [Infographic]

When I look back at my college years I immediately think about how great of an experience I had. However, now, because of the explosion of mobile technology and better campus wifi performance, I’ve realized that higher education has become a vastly different environment and experience than the one I remember. The kicker is that its only been 7 years.

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Study Shows How Students are Using Technology in the Classroom
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Study Shows How Students are Using Technology in the Classroom

66% of students say they were prepared to use needed technology when they entered college. This makes me say one thing, “Wow!”. Believe me, I’m glad this stat is above 50% but it still means that 34% of students were not ready.The importance of providing students with proper training and skill development in a safe and responsible digital learning environment has to be a top priority, especially as technology use among students increases exponentially.

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Top 3 Ways to Securely Deploy Technology in the Classroom
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Top 3 Ways to Securely Deploy Technology in the Classroom

One of the most important topics we speak to a lot of schools about almost every day, is how to safely implement mobile technology in the classroom. Most schools want to allow their students the world of possibility mobile classroom technology solutions can bring yet the fear of security breaches, misused tablet use (social media & gaming) and network overload leave them hesitant to jump into the world of mobility.

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6 Key Features of Wireless Network Solutions for Schools
Mobility

6 Key Features of Wireless Network Solutions for Schools

Mobility is a word that seems to get tossed around quite a bit lately. A recent Harvard Business Review Article perfectly surmised the term when the author, David Armano stated, “Mobility trumps mobile. The difference between mobility and mobile is like the difference between hardware and software. Mobile is linked to devices — it is always one thing, wherever it is. But mobility changes with context.”

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How 802.11ac and Air Travel Can Improve Your School Wireless Network
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How 802.11ac and Air Travel Can Improve Your School Wireless Network

International travel in and of itself is rather tricky. We’ve all been there. Imagine you’re at the airport, you’ve gotten there about an hour or so before your flight, mostly because that’s what everyone has told you to do. You wait in your first line of the day, checking your one bag that costs around $25 dollars (that’s another story). Once checked in, your off to the second line of the day, this one is even worse than the last. 

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1:1 or BYOD in Schools? Which is Better for You [Infographic]
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1:1 or BYOD in Schools? Which is Better for You [Infographic]

Today’s generation of students (some call them “GenMobile”), are just that, mobile. Constantly on the go and more importantly connected by wireless 100% of the time. The alarming factor here for schools is the trend of each student using more and more devices. On average, current students now use on a daily basis between 3 and 5 devices. This is challenging school IT staff everywhere to facilitate learning environments that are rich in technology. The question is not should schools bring technology into the classroom but how?

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How Many Users Can a 802.11ac Access Point Handle?
Mobility

How Many Users Can a 802.11ac Access Point Handle?

Being squarely focused on wireless mobility over the last 8 years, we are fortunate to receive questions like, “How many users can access an 802.11ac access point?” Now, depending on who is posing this question (hard to read a person’s body language over the phone) and in which format the question is posed (hard to read “tone” in the written word of an email), a close friend might receive the following response: “Over what period of time? A day? A week?”

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3 Simple Reasons to Move Your School WLAN from 802.11n to 802.11ac
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3 Simple Reasons to Move Your School WLAN from 802.11n to 802.11ac

The start of 2014 brought with it a new standard in wireless connectivity. 802.11ac is a set of physical layer enhancements for higher throughput in the 5-GHz band that is projected to completely replace the 802.11n technology by 2018. The access points with the newest technology bring with them additional antennas, wider channels, more spatial streams, and a number of features that improves throughput and reliability.

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The Solution to BYOD in Schools
Mobility

The Solution to BYOD in Schools

Today’s school networks are being inundated with smartphones and tablets.  On average, if a student brings in 2 devices each and each of those devices has 40+apps loaded on them that leaves a lot of gray area for the IT Departments to stay in control and continued adherence to CIPA requirements. 

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