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