Got it covered? How we use wireless mapping to eliminate dead spots

Got it covered? How we use wireless mapping to eliminate dead spots.

You’ve got the tablets and laptops. You’ve got staff on board. And you’ve got plenty of bandwidth to support the web traffic. But have you got a good enough wireless set up?

It’s as integral a part of a good BYOD infrastructure as any of the above, so how can you ensure that your wireless network is up to the challenge? Each student could want to connect two or three devices; add that to staff laptops and mobile phones and you could be looking at thousands of devices attached to the wireless at any one time. And because these devices are mobile, the demand for wireless could stretch across your whole institution, from the furthest science lab through to the sports hall, via offices, the canteen and library.
“I can never get a decent connection in my classroom”

Because the geographical demands on your wireless network are likely to be far-reaching, you need to work out where the coverage isn’t optimal. Rather than relying on anecdotal evidence from the school staff (“I can never get a decent connection in my classroom”), the best place to start is with a clear visual representation; this is where wireless mapping comes in.

We have years of experience helping schools implement successful wireless networks. Key to our approach is producing accurate wireless maps to identify where a current network is lacking, before planning a strategy to improve it. We use the market-leading Ekahau Enterprise Mapping Suite to produce a detailed heat map of all the areas covered on the site, as well as the signal strength in each room.

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Example of a wireless map, used to identify and eliminate dead spots

Once the heat map has been created we have the detailed information we need to plan a highly effective and efficient wireless infrastructure, ensuring that all key areas are covered with sufficient signal strength. A final important step is to perform the mapping exercise a second time once the installation is complete, to ensure that the new network is working as expected.

Teaching and learning is going mobile, and being able to support the increasingly creative ways teachers are using technology is an essential part of a school network manager’s role. Read more about CSE’s Wireless Solutions here.

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