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1/8/2009 7:11 AM
 

WiFi and other wireless technologies are touted as a cost-effective and efficient systems for schools looking to provide always-on Internet access to campuses. But anyone who has waved a laptop around an airport lounge can attest, wireless networks can also be fickle. Do you have it? 

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1/8/2009 7:14 AM
 
We are currently deploying a WLAN for all our buildings. The last one to be completed is the high school. We have coverage in the entire building no matter where you go. It is used in conjunction with our wired network setup. Teachers and students are very pleased with the setup and freedom it provides. Specially now that teachers are creating lessons with Promethean boards and Active studio which are shared to all. —Martin Reyes
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1/8/2009 7:17 AM
 
We are a very small private elem. school in Cupertino (Apple HQ). Our system once we refined it works great (We have one for the school and one for our church sponsor and there is a high school across the street). One problem we faced was the enormous amount of networks within the 500 ft range (If my network goes down, we can ride someone else's for internet access) so monitoring of channel assignment is occasionally needed. We do use 2 interconnected units 60 ft apart to help with this. —Paul Muratroyd
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1/8/2009 7:18 AM
 
We have 3 types on one campus. Google, district, and personal. Google works fine if you are near the repeater. The district's works fine if your building is set up for it. Fortunately or unfortunately, the computer labs are not set up for wifi. Some teachers have purchased Airport Express to wifi their rooms. In general, none of the wifis available are continuously reliable. Wifi needs to be reliable across the campus, both indoors and outside. At present, I prefer my little old cat5 cord. I welcome the change when it works all of the time. —S Grayson
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1/8/2009 7:19 AM
 
Our wi-fi is about 90% covered throughout the campus. It is very helpful when you hold a wireless device and are able to take roll anywhere on campus during out of class activities. The downside is having a wireless hub not under our (school's) control that displays a network name that may not be appropriate. For example, we have an apartment/townhome complex near our school that broadcasts the netword id "BigSexy" While this is not totally inappropriate it makes me aware of the potential of worse ids and the lack of control one has over the airwaves near our school. But the infrastructure of the wireless realm is welcomed in my class anytime along with the expanded potential for my students and teachers. —L Murphy
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