Seattle Public Schools have gone totally wireless

Seattle Public Schools have gone totally wireless
Posted on 01/21/2015
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Seattle Public Schools have gone wireless. As of this month, every single school has state-of-the-art wireless network services – and the project is a year ahead of schedule.

The installation of wireless network services across the district was made possible by Seattle voter approval of the BEX IV Capital Levy in February 2013. Now that installation is complete, you may see district staff in your schools double-checking to make sure all of the 3,000 or so access devices are working the way they’re supposed to.

What does this wireless network mean in the classroom? Teachers will be able to stream video lectures, teach computer science classes, connect students with experts worldwide, and provide the stability and speed to participate in global learning initiatives. This new service enables students in every classroom to “go mobile” and opens doors to a new era of educational opportunities.

One remaining task is to bring state-of-the-art upgrades to the 20 schools that already got wireless networks a couple of years ago. This work is scheduled to be completed by August 30, 2015. Scheduling the replacement in August enables the district to save nearly $100,000 on the cost of upgrading wireless equipment in these buildings. Some of the older wireless equipment removed from these schools will be put to good use to expand the limited wireless capabilities currently in the John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence.

As the project winds down, any remaining wireless coverage gaps will be identified and addressed.

The wireless network has the speed and capacity to support current and future district needs. For the technically curious, the AC-class wireless system provides up to 1.3Gps per user and up to the latest 4x4 MIMO standard for the newest wireless devices, while fully supporting older devices. The wireless system also provides the means for both protected networking and guest networking, with up to 60 connections per classroom.

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