One of the biggest mistakes schools make when deploying or allowing new devices onto their campus and into their classrooms, is by not making sure their network infrastructure is up-to-date and/or sufficient enough to properly support their end-users.
We’ve seen numerous situations where schools have bought and deployed new tablets or new laptops, only to find that nothing worked because their Wi-Fi network couldn’t support the new devices.
With tight budgets you can’t afford to buy new devices and have them not work; you need to get it right the first time.
Your wireless network or infrastructure is what makes using new mobile devices possible. Yes, wireless is a specialized skill and yes they’re not cheap, but they’re also more attainable than you might think.
After engineering and deploying more than 1000+ wireless systems over the last 11 years, we’ve learned a lot about what should work and what actually does work.
A few of the main takeaways are:
- Your Wi-Fi system needs to always align with the devices that are connecting to it
- Technical resources are expensive and hard to find
- User expectations are higher than ever
- Everything is constantly changing (devices, applications, how we use Wi-Fi, device numbers, number users, even the physical environment)
What makes this especially challenging for schools is that Wi-Fi networks today only have a useful shelf-life of between three to four years at the very best.
Knowing that traditionally, wireless networks cost a lot of money to design, deploy and manage, how do schools with almost no available budget get what they need?
Using Wi-Fi as a Service, your school can have the exact wireless system it needs to support any technology plan it wants to implement. Whether it’s new tablets as part of a 1:1 program or BYOD, Wi-Fi as a Service enables schools of any size to successfully embrace technology and the mobile devices their students want and need.
Wi-Fi as a Service offers a variety of benefits, for example:
- Affordable monthly payments
- Scalability to grow with your needs up or down
- Guarantees you always have the latest system in place
- Allows you to prioritize your budget towards other mission-critical projects
Using a subscription, Wi-Fi as a Service allows schools to budget over-time exactly what they need to deliver the best class of service to their students, staff and guests.