Access Points and Wireless Connectivity

Smart Education Networks by Design (SEND)

As the effectiveness afforded by mobility continues to be realized, design and implementation of wireless services (Wi-Fi and 3G/4G) become critical. Unlike the wired environment, in which capacity and reliability was relatively assured because of dedicated resources, wireless technology has a different set of deployment and use challenges centering on capacity, especially in scenarios in which there are many users of data-intensive applications. This and other challenges, such as walls and building materials, which limit reception, can be overcome with good analysis and design.

Beyond the physical signal and capacity considerations, wireless technology also compels the designer to include address planning, security, and identity management into the design — especially as privately owned devices are likely to be used. Contrary to popular belief, properly implementing a wireless network is neither quick nor easy. It is entirely possible to buy a consumer-level product from the nearest electronics store, connect it to the network and begin offering a wireless connection for students, however, doing so would be courting failure. Thoughtful analysis and design are critical.

Data security should be a high-level concern and should not be minimized due to cost concerns.                             

More information is available in the Guidelines.

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