WA district selects IMT and Meraki for Wifi network

Renton School District in Washington state's King County selected Integrated Media Technologies, Inc. (IMT) to implement Meraki's MR24 cloud-controlled wireless access points to provide enterprise-class WiFi to all of Renton's 16,000 students, faculty and staff. The district is now equipped with a campus-wide 3-stream 802.11n network installed at 29 sites, including elementary, middle, and high schools.

"We want to put new technology in the hands of the students," explained Stosh Morency, Renton's IT Director. "It's a 'bring your own device concept' and by having the wireless network across all of our buildings, it opens the door for projects that were never an option before. For us as a school district, we want to provide access to all of the students, regardless of where they are in the buildings."

The Meraki MR24, a high-performing 3-stream 802.11n access point, is intended for dense classroom environments and high-bandwidth applications. Renton is deploying 437 access points, providing campus-wide coverage for its Computer on Wheels (COW) program, which provides classrooms with "COW carts" to stream video, data and other media.

"Through IMT's thorough research and exacting implementation, Meraki allows me to manage the network across the entire district, and I'm a team of one," said Todd Baker, Network Administrator for Renton School District. "The capabilities of Meraki's Cloud Controller are considerable. There's one dashboard for everything, from provisioning APs to troubleshooting client issues."

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