Meru Networks : Avoiding Campus Wi-Fi Move-in Day Blues

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In this video, you will learn how to tackle the wireless connectivity challenges that schools face every semester, without compromising on the quality, safety and security of the Wi-Fi connection. Schools these days are expected to keep up with the high demands of the tech-savvy generation glued to their Wi-Fi devices. Delayed, slow or complicated connectivity issues immediately put off students. They don't think a moment before ranting about it on social forums that cause an irreparable damage to the reputation of the school. While students expect easy and flawless wireless connectivity from day one, the school's IT teams struggle to keep up with the barrage of devices each student brings in. IT also has to ensure wireless LAN solutions provide uninterrupted Wi-Fi connectivity in classrooms, libraries and in every corner of the campus, which adds to the endless anxiety of the school staff. Wireless registration, authentication and access don't have to be so cumbersome and complicated. Meru's bring-your-own-device (BYOD) solution for universities ensures network security and balanced network loads at all times thereby providing hassle-free Wi-Fi access. It also automates many of the requirements for maintaining and managing a secure, high-performance network, giving the much needed relief to the IT staff.

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Meru Networks : Avoiding Campus Wi-Fi Move-in Day Blues

  1. 1. Day 1 of School 10,000 Students Seeking Immediate Connectivity for their 30,000+ BYODs (Smartphones, Tablets, Laptops, Xboxes, PlayStations, Wii’s)
  2. 2. Frustrated Students and IT Staff
  3. 3. Sing the Move-in Day Blues
  4. 4. FIRST IMPRESSIONS MATTER! Students are paying thousands of $$ to attend your school Having to wait in lines or jump through hoops to get Wi-Fi access sends the wrong first impression Negative social posts about this year’s movein day can turn away next year’s prospective applicants.
  5. 5. STUDENTS WANT: CONNECTIVITY EVERYWHERE Campus Stadium Library Classroom Classroom Classroom REMOTE OUTDOOR Home, Distance Learning Quad, Stadium, Mesh Dorms Dorms Clients INDOOR Library, Classroom, Dorm Dorms
  6. 6. CURRENT WAYS TO PROVIDE THIS 1 2 3 Hands-On: Self-service Guides Hands-Off: Connectivity days Automation: IdM tools  Everyone hates reading long self-service instructions  Students bring their devices to experts for help.  Schools’ self-help pages often struggle to keep up with the latest technological developments  IT staff spends hours or even days handling student tech support  Home brewed utilities – help users in an automated fashion, but require IT resources  3rd party solutions – do not integrate into your network All are cumbersome, time consuming, difficult to scale NEED TO ADOPT BEST PRACTICES
  7. 7. WHAT YOU NEED IN A SOLUTION Onboard Connect Learn BYOD Management WLAN Solutions Academic Applications  Streamlined Processes  Scalability  Support Across Varied Devices  Year-round Connectivity  Tools for Automated Management
  8. 8. BEHIND THE SCENES: IT WANTS TO ENSURE… Proper device registration Network security Balanced network loads Compliance with network requirements and mapping to IT policies Connections to appropriate access point, SSIDs and VLANs Configuring 802.1X and certifications
  9. 9. WIRELESS NETWORK BEST PRACTICES 1 3 2 Manage expectations Automated. Integrated. idM 4 Segregate Wi-Fi traffic Devote appropriate resources
  10. 10. IdM CONNECTIVITY – A KEY SOLUTION COMPONENT BYOD Provisioning Guest Management Federated Access
  11. 11. VALUE OF IdM FEWER WI-FI COMPLAINTS CONVENIENCE OF SINGLE SIGN-ON IMPROVED IT PRIORITIES INCREASED REVENUE
  12. 12. NEXT GENERATION: INTEGRATED IdM Hands On Higher Hands Off Benefit to Students IT-developed IdM Automated Identity Management Integrated IdM WLAN 3rd Party Solution IdM Residence Hall IT Greeters Online Help / Orientation Packet “Connectivity Day” Lower Do Nothing Value (Number of Students Helped / FTE) Lower Higher
  13. 13. NEXT GENRATION IdM CONTEXT – AWARE APPLICATION LAYERS Dedicated, Segregated Channels for Different App Classes IdM User TIME USER LOCATION DEVICE APP GUEST STUDENT PROFESSOR
  14. 14. NEXT GENERATION IdM: SET UP IN 3 EASY STEPS 15 STEPS 3 STEPS Authenticate using Web authentication Download an applet to configure 802.1x Automatically connect with 802.1x
  15. 15. You don’t have to sing the Move-in Day Blues READ THE FULL WHITEPAPER DOWNLOAD NOW

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