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  • 1. How to Add Mobile Devices to YourSchool NetworkWiFi For Mobile Networks
  • 2. Issues to Consider What is a Network? Current Network Needs Analysis: Why do we need mobile devices? Access points Teacher, Staff and Administrator needs Student needs Budget & Infrastructure Implementation Maintenance & Testing Network Security Acceptable Use Policy Local Results
  • 3.  A network connects computers to each other, andoften to the Internet Switches connect computers and printers within abuilding, creating a network, or Intranet. Routers connect computers to other networks, or theInternetWhat is a Network?
  • 4. What is a Wireless Network? A wireless network allows devices to access eachother (computers, printers etc) and the Internetwithout cables. Prior to wireless technology , mostcomputers connected via phone modems orEthernet cables. Most newer computers have built-in wirelessnetworking; older computers may require awireless network adapter card (Cisco). A wireless router typically extends up to 300feet, sufficient for a room or home space. (Cisco).
  • 5. Current Network How many computers, peripherals and otherdevices? What servers, operating systems are running? What is the speed of the network?Photo source:
  • 6. Why Mobile Devices? Students need laptops, tablets and otherdevices for school work Teachers want to use iPads or other devicesin the classroom The computer lab is overused oroverscheduled School wants to use cloud storage
  • 7. Access Points Existing computerlab/facilities Classrooms Common areas:hallways, locker rooms,library, lunch room. Other areas on campus: Teachers lounge Labs, gym, field Do visitors need access?Photo source:
  • 8. Teacher & Staff Needs How do teachers plan to use mobile devices? Streaming movies in class Use iPad apps Use student response systems Use their own laptop in the classroom How do staff members plan to use mobiledevices? Attendance Contact with parents Training purposes
  • 9. Student Needs Where will students usewireless? In classrooms for learning In common areas Possibly outside buildingsto extend the classroom Can students bring theirown device (BYOD) ? How will studentsconnect? Automatically, orpassword?Photo source:
  • 10. Budget Faster speeds and higher capacity = Higher costs Consider the following: Number of devices: Each user may have multipledevices such as a laptop, tablet and smartphone Number of access points – eachclassroom, common areas, etc. Bandwidth limitations – consider the busiest timesof day and usage expectations. Maintenance/Hardware costs Initial Setup Ongoing maintenance and upgrades Plan for expansion
  • 11. Security Network security starts with therouter. Becky Waring ofPCWorldsuggests, “If you haventalready, enable your routersencryption... The WirelessProtected Access (WPA) protocoland more recent WPA2 havesupplanted the older (WEP). The router firewall preventsusers on the Internet fromaccessing your computer, butdoes not protect the networkfrom being used. Make sure you change thedefault network name andpassword on your router. Students should keep passwordsPhoto source:
  • 12. Maintenance & Testing After the network is configured, Education worldsuggests that you check and test the coverage. “Do you have coverage in the areas you expected?Is the performance what you expected? Keep anopen mind and remember that some adjustmentsmay be needed.” On-going maintenance includes back-ups,security software checks and hardware tests Change password regularly/annually for schools Make plans for expansion as needs change
  • 13. Acceptable Use Policy The Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) documentcommunicates expectations to students andparents The policy can lay out the school vision, listspecific do’s and don’ts or discuss hardware careand maintenance. It defines the student’s and school’s responsibilityin case of inappropriate use, accessing content,and loss of equipment.
  • 14. Local Results In my previous high school, a wireless network wasput in place several years ago: All teachers, staff and students had access Devices were configured for each community member– passwords were not handed out except for guestaccess Each person had a unique email address, serverspace Each full-time staffer and student has an iPad(beginning 2012) Laptop, iPad and smartphone use prevalent Network frequently does not have enough bandwidthfor streaming video or accessing server mid-day, butimprovements are made annually. Network extends through multiple school buildings
  • 15. ReferencesEducation World (n.d.). Setting Up School Wi-Fi Part 2: Larger Networks.Retrieved June 21, 2013 from: Systems (n.d.). What is a Network Switch vs. a Router? Retrieved June 24,2013 from: Systems (n.d.) Wireless Network FAQ. Retrieved June 24, 2013 from:, Becky. (2007). How to secure your wireless network. PCWorld. Retrievedfrom: