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    Hi Everyone.

    We have had WIFI in our school for a couple of years now (all unsecured, anyone can connect) They are all named by the area or room they are in e.g STAFFROOM.

    We are about to replace a load and add more due to a few failures.

    I just wondered what other schools out there do with WIFI...

    - How do you name them, could I name them all the same e.g. SCHOOLNAME?
    - Would I have to put them on different channels?

    - Do you secure your networks, if so how do you allow access?
    - Is there an easy way to monitor whos logged on where?
    - Can I force Students & Staff to have to logon with their AD crudentials before getting access to network?

    Thank you in advance.

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    I don't work at a school and have not for quite some time but I will just say one word that will no doubt get mentioned at some point ruckus

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    I have looked at this but it is a costly solution for a tighter budget

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    I have heard a few mention xiruss

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    The WIFI point have been purchased now so I am really looking at how best to set them up & manage them, What does the WIFI Feature do in Server 2008 R2?

    Thank you.

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    - I just wondered what other schools out there do with WIFI...
    More than 5 APs I'd look into getting a managed solution. We have cisco, but it sounds like one of their APs would probably cost more than your entire setup

    - How do you name them, could I name them all the same e.g. SCHOOLNAME?
    Yes, in theory the computer will move from AP to AP as it's carried around the school then.

    - Would I have to put them on different channels?
    Kind of, you only have 3 real channels, 1, 7, 13, so just make sure a 1 isn't next to a 1, plan it on paper first. Label the APs with their channel number, mac address, and ip.

    - Do you secure your networks, if so how do you allow access?
    Of course, only WPA for now

    - Is there an easy way to monitor whos logged on where?
    Easy? Not if it's not managed, however I have been writing a vbs script to run at login to record that, idea being to set a default printer

    - Can I force Students & Staff to have to logon with their AD crudentials before getting access to network?
    You'd be looking for RAIDUS, possible, but might be complex

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