Wireless Upgrade for ALA 2010

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  • 1. WiFi in Libraries
    An Essential Public Service
    Robert A. Caluori, Jr.
    IT Manager, Westchester Library System
  • 2. Background
    Westchester Library System (WLS) is a 38 member / 44 location library system and technology consortium
    Last year was faced with need for an upgrade
    7 year old wireless equipment
    Not serving the rising demand
    Needed upgrade project that did not increase recurring costs.
    All wireless equipment separate from Library’s primary network
    No authentication desired
  • 3. Previous Infrastructure
    Linksys routers, sometimes multiple routers, in each library
    Connected to cable modems providing 1.5Mbps at no charge from local provider
    No remote management, monitoring
    Consistent failures due to volume
    Not meeting patron demand for access
  • 4. New Requirements
    Remote management and monitoring
    Scalable to meet coverage area and volume needs
    Statistical records of usage
    No new or upgraded data circuits
  • 5. The solution
    Cisco wireless access points and controller
    Can handle the current and future volume
    Provides scalability
    Collects valuable statistics
    Cisco firewall equipment
    Provides VPN access to enable private network features over the public Internet
  • 6. Network Design
  • 7. Benefits
    Ability to control # of users permitted
    Users presented with EULA acceptance
    Bandwidth limitation can be enforced
    Remote monitoring saves valuable staff time in diagnosing issues
    Statistics are valuable management tool
    Other management tools: Power control, access
  • 8. Use of VPN to overcome issues
    AP’s require communication with controller
    Static IP not available with current connection
    Use of ASA accomplished
    VPN use to be configure devices appropriately
    Route Internet traffic around management traffic
  • 9. Example of Statistics Usage
  • 10. Thank you
    Questions????
    Robert A. Caluori, Jr.
    Westchester Library System
    robc@wlsmail.org