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15th October 2010, 12:25 PM #1
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WiFi In Education
A thread where users can share their experiences and past experiences with other people who are looking to implement a wireless in their schools.....
15th October 2010, 12:42 PM #2
Hate it! Laptops are the bain of our schools life - partly due to the fact the wireless isn't great (cisco kit is good but 100mb connections 30 laptops isnt) We have removed all but 2 sets of laptops and have moved to ICT suites - they are more reliable
Thanks to glennda from:
farmerste (21st December 2010)
15th October 2010, 12:46 PM #3
We've implemented Ruckus here. Not being used in highly dense situations yet, but it has been flawless for the 25 or so laptops that get used around the school so far.
Just make sure you keep it up to date, and use 1Gbit connectivity to wireless N access points.
15th October 2010, 12:47 PM #4
Agreed, wireless should only be seen as a backup option but its used as first option here and other companies will be the same
15th October 2010, 12:55 PM #5
One school works great (Ruckus) Another school, nightmare!! (Trapeze) Due to the safety wire mesh in the classroom windows and school doors apparently.
15th October 2010, 01:23 PM #6
HP MSM422 AP's with MSM760 utter rubbish even when we upgrade to Cisco Network with 1000Gbit to AP. It never works Consistently.
15th October 2010, 01:29 PM #7
Wireless in education is exactly the same as wireless in any other place - it's either slow and unreliable, or it's hideously expensive.
I am clinging onto wires for as long as possible!!!
15th October 2010, 03:42 PM #8
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I thought this I have got a solution called Aerohive, not sure if you have heard of them. They are making some great progress in education both sides of the pond. I have got my system implemented and have multiple users around the school. All AP's are fully featured and do not have a costly slow controller!!!!!!
I thought wifi in schools was a bad idea to be honest, but I have now had this solution in for 6 months, was so impressed i have now rolled out more AP's lighting up new areas of the school. I am also working on a new project for a large secondary school down the road, rolling out Aerohive there. They run VOIP aswell for their teachers and staff around the school..... if you are having problems and looking at upgrading definately would recomend aerohive guys very intuitive!
15th October 2010, 04:04 PM #9
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Originally Posted by glennda
are you using .11n devices, you will have this problem running this ammount of users on a network that doesnt support .11n, most cosco kit is crap i used it in the past. theres about 20 different costs and uses a costly controller........ as i was once told by someone 1% of ciscos revenue comes from wireless..... so do you really think they do much with it?
no they just buy small companies and stick their name on it, then all the people from these companies leave and go to specialist companies. I would advise looking at solutions such as aerohive merakia aruba if you want to get the best in wireless, they are specifically wireless companies!!!
15th October 2010, 05:31 PM #10
Cisco managed wireless with max. 30 laptops:1 AP (54g) at any one time plus >18 staff laptops connecting through WiFi around the school = great experience overall. Only thing that slows is trying to deploy larger software installs or bandwidth hungry stuff like video.
15th October 2010, 05:45 PM #11
Has anyone else noticed how almost every one of nicko17's posts is promoting Aerohive, or starting a thread in which they can promote it? Maybe its just me.
15th October 2010, 05:58 PM #12
i didnt purchase i don't use it i don't really care - we only use it now for the pe staffs laptops (about 5) and registers and the 6th formers personal ones - plus our mobiles so we can setup fog tasks around the school without logging in.
Originally Posted by nicko17
Plus i have looked at aerohive before and wasnt really that impressed - would probly look at ruckus anyway
15th October 2010, 06:17 PM #13
Yup. I've noticed...
Originally Posted by steveg
15th October 2010, 06:21 PM #14
Cisco has a policy of "eating it's own dogfood" (ie using it's own kit and making sure it works in a demanding environment) and has wireless all around it sites worldwide. When first implemented at Bedfont Lakes it was slow but pretty soon went to being an indispensable and extremely reliable part of the infrastructure.
Originally Posted by nicko17
Whilst it is true that Cisco has acquired a number of companies (just taken over Tandberg), it's equally true that it's rejected approaches by many others to be acquired.
Revenue for the latest quarter = $10.84 billion. 1% of a single quarters revenue sounds good to me.
Never heard of Aerohive so can't comment.
15th October 2010, 06:29 PM #15
hideously expensive Meru network here. 802.11n, Student VLAN, 1GB/s uplinks, 4GB/s to controller.
Works fine in high density, can walk from one end of the school to the other without loosing a ping.
Wasn't cheap though
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