Technology is all the rage in education circles. But correctly deploying mobile technology takes more than talk. Without a clear path, schools and districts can make common mistakes that hamstring their efforts.
In a recent article “Ten Barriers to Technology Adoption”, Travis Allen, president and CEO of iSchool Initiative, explains the common issues he sees impeding the adoption of technology throughout the world. However, with some preplanning, many of these challenges can be avoided.
In short, schools and districts should actively and continually listen to students, teachers, and parents during the early stages of planning. Not only does this open discussion create a more active forum for sharing ideas, it also creates a culture of collaboration that accelerates adoption. Read More »
Tags: Cisco Mobility, iSchool Bus tour, technology in education
During the Cisco Live! event in San Diego, CA, the Aironet 1850 Access Point was unveiled to the public. Now Cisco has followed up the device’s debut and has announced the orderability and the shipping of the Aironet 1850 AP.
A perfect fit for any small or medium-sized networks, the Cisco Aironet 1850 AP is an entry-level device boasting cutting-edge 802.11ac Wave 2 capabilities that offers faster client performance. This high performance is enabled by multi-user, multi-in, multi-out (MU-MIMO) and the ability to offload to wired networks with two gigabit Ethernet ports.
When your network upgrades to Wave 2, you are afforded the abilities to take advantage of increased wireless bandwidth and to handle the demands of many more devices at one time. Gone are the days of slow and bottlenecked WiFi speeds. With a Wave 2 migration, you’re essentially stretching the bandwidth you already have.
The devices that connect to the Cisco Aironet 1850 AP don’t all have to be Wave 2 compliant. The AP supports the newest generations of WiFi clients as well as any of the previous generations.
For more information or to order the Cisco Aironet 1850 AP, please go here.
Tags: 802.11ac wave 2, Aironet 1850 Access Point, Cisco Mobility, Cisco Wireless, mu-mimo
Morris (IL) Elementary School District 54 had a problem. The district had recently purchased and outfitted their students with 450 Chromebooks but only five of the computers would connect to a single WiFi coverage area. This spotty connection was frustrating students and teachers alike.
“We learned very quickly that we couldn’t have an effective one-to-one rollout without the infrastructure to support the number of devices we have,” says Dr. Teri Shaw, superintendent, Morris Elementary School District 54. “We needed to change gears and recover quickly before our one-to-one initiative turned into an epic failure.”
Shaw and the rest of the district turned to Cisco.
Thanks to Cisco and delivery partner Unified Concepts, Morris Elementary School District 54 was outfitted with a state-of-the-art wireless mobility solution. The solution was made up of the following Cisco products:
- Cisco Aironet 3700 Series Access Point with integrated 802.11ac
- Cisco 5508 Wireless Controller
- Routing and Switching
- Cisco Catalyst 3750-X Series Switches
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Tags: Cisco 5508 Wireless Controller, Cisco Aironet 3700 Series Access Point with integrated 802.11ac, Cisco Catalyst 3750-X Series Switches, Cisco Mobility, Illinois School Disctrict, Morris Elementary School District 54, wifi
Cisco recently introduced another addition to its Radio Resource Management (RRM) algorithm – Dynamic Bandwidth Selection (DBS). Previously, controllers only had the ability to automatically assign channels and power levels, while the AP channel widths were manually assigned for each AP Group. A choice of 20MHz, 40MHz, or 80MHz channel widths were offered within the Access Point (AP) groups, allowing for the APs to all be on the same chosen channel width. With the addition of DBS, the APs can now be automatically assigned to individual channel widths. This allows the radio resources more opportunities to fine-tune the network according to changing RF conditions for higher granularity.
Independent testing company Miercom recently carried out a full scale RRM testing to run Cisco’s DBS RRM against Aruba’s Adaptive Radio Management (ARM). This testing was performed to validate and benchmark the best-in-class radio resource management feature in Enterprise Wireless. The RRM testbed was designed to achieve real world apples-to-apples comparison between the Cisco 5520 controller with five AP 2702i against the Aruba 7210 controller with five AP 225.
The result was a runaway win for the Cisco controllers over Aruba.
RRM is a vital element for strong performance and reliability of a wireless network. RRM involves intelligent management of the channels and power transmission of AP radios based on the environment Radio Frequency (RF) conditions. Cisco introduced RRM on its WLAN Controllers in 2005, and since then has been an industry pioneer in automatic AP channel and power management. Cisco’s RRM has evolved over the last decade to become one of the most important WLAN features. RRM is especially helpful for high-density networks where scores of APs need to assign the best possible channel and power plans. These channels and power plans create minimum RF interference and maximum RF performance.
Miercom independently verified the functionality of both the RRM and ARM over a period of several days to analyze the overall performance impact on the network. They observed each controller with different channel width conditions ranging from 20MHz to 80MHz. Typically the radio management algorithms for both RRM and ARM take a few hours to zero-in on what is considered to be the best channel and power plan by the respective vendor controller. Miercom allowed each test setup a period of 12 hours to settle down to the best possible AP channel and power plan. Read More »
Tags: aruba, Cisco Controllers, Cisco Mobility, Cisco Wireless, Dynamic Bandwidth Selection, Miercom, Radio Resource Management algorithm
Businesses around the world are moving their focus from Mobile Apps to Mobile Experience. With Wi-Fi extending reliable coverage into public places, your users are going to expect the same service from you—a dependable high-speed user experience. The problem is, user devices are increasingly demanding more bandwidth.
How are you going to meet that demand?
To help increase the bandwidth needed to take wireless networks into support of the next generation of devices, Cisco Wireless Controller’s Control Plane scale has improved tremendously. A comparison between the Cisco’s older 5508 and the newer 5520 wireless controller platforms illustrates this improvement. Due to new hardware capabilities in the forms of CPU, memory and software updates, the user authentication per second rate has jumped from 235 users on the 5508 to 764 users on the 5520, or an increase of 225% of user authentication capacity.
This increased authentication rate matters because the faster a device is authenticated, the quicker it gets to access the network resources and better the user experience becomes. Read More »
Tags: Cisco 5520 Wireless Controller, Cisco Mobility, Cisco Wireless, Miercom Verified, wi-fi