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ERIC Number: EJ915480
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0192-592X
From Zero to Wireless in 4 Essential Steps
Schaffhauser, Dian
T.H.E. Journal, v38 n2 p14-16 Feb 2011
Setting up a wireless network is easy enough. Place a few access points in strategic areas, then watch the network traffic fly! That approach may hold up reasonably well for a few dozen users, but there's no way it would support a schoolwide 1-to-1 program. Once students take to it with their wireless devices, "they're going to kill it," says Matt Federoff, CIO of Vail School District, southeast of Tucson, Arizona. At Birdville Independent School District near Forth Worth, Texas, Jonathan Abrams, the district's network engineer, says a temperamental network "used to keep people up at night, wondering if they were going to have an internet connection when they came in the next day." That's all ancient history now, six years later, since the district undertook an upgrade of its network and wireless infrastructure. As Federoff and Abrams can say with authority, the way to building a wireless network that's reliable, scalable, and secure enough to support a robust mobile-learning initiative demands taking care of four imperative steps: (1) Get Physical; (2) Separate and Unequal; (3) Mind Your APs; and (4) Speed It Up.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; Texas