SD-WAN technology has gained popularity over the last few years as organisations seek to modernise their network infrastructure.
The importance of creating a robust WiFi network in schools
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Hands up if you remember chalk and blackboards in your primary school. How things have changed, with nothing more evident than the use of technology. Nowadays, most teachers cannot even take register without internet access. Every classroom, from Reception to Year 12, is jampacked full of gadgetry intended to enhance and enliven the education experience.
But as technology in schools has bloomed, the demands on keeping everything connected have increased. Just as in business, hooking devices up to a network provides flexibility to share to work in different places and at other times. It means the teacher does not have to sit on a particular PC to check all students’ work, and pupils can save a piece in one place and return to complete it in another. The quality of that connection can significantly impact how smoothly a school runs.
WiFi vs Wired
Schools seem to have been slower than the business world to cast off wired connections and wireless, but WiFi makes better sense for a few reasons.
One is safety. Wired connections require lots of, you guessed it, wires, which is not always the best idea, with lots of busy little feet buzzing around. Want to just move that laptop to a different desk to browse via an ethernet connection? You have just created a trip hazard.
This leads to the next benefit of WiFi – mobility. Wired connections are location-dependent; WiFi allows you to move wherever you like. And that ties in with point three – mobile technology. Tablets and smartphones have transformed how people use the internet. They are the devices children are most familiar with and, thanks to their ease of use and the number of educational apps available, have been warmly embraced in schools. However, they also need WiFi to operate.
Like any organisation, schools are only as good as the tools they have to teach with. We all remember lessons when a teacher spent 15 minutes trying to get the video player to work. Today’s teachers stream their video clips from the internet, so they rely on the internet connection quality to avoid that excruciating experience.
The same applies to children’s learning. One of the great educational benefits of the internet age is the freedom it has given children to find things out for themselves rather than always rely on instruction from the teacher. Schools are embracing this by providing more internet-ready devices, with many aiming to achieve a one-per-child policy or running BYO initiatives so children can be online as much as possible.
But having hundreds of eager learners all surfing and researching in one place simultaneously poses a problem – it puts an enormous strain on the WiFi network. Sadly, many schools invest heavily in fantastic hardware like iPads without considering their WiFi needs. So they get left with a lot of frustrated children whose devices can’t get online.
At Simpli-Fi, we provide schools with state-of-the-art wireless networks to ensure they are fast, secure and up-to-date. We then manage the technical side with remote monitoring and support, all for an affordable annual cost. We support over 250 schools within London and the surrounding areas, giving teachers and students all the benefits of wireless networking without headaches.