E-rate: Wi-Fi Deployment Guide For K-12 Schools
It’s the middle of Erate season, and schools nationwide are strategizing on their new or expanding wireless networks. This five-part guide is here to help with the WLAN deployment challenge.
- Part 1: Planning: This guide covers deployment planning, from setting coverage and capacity goals to conducting predictive and manual site surveys.
- Part 2: Wireless Access: A network policy with three SSIDs is described in part 2. The guide shows how the SSIDs help satisfy the coverage and capacity goals introduced in Part 1.
- Part 3: Ethernet Switching: The configuration of the network policy started in part 2 continues here.
- Part 4: High-density Radio Profiles: The high-density radio profiles to support administration of large standardized online exams in the school cafeteria and gym are described in detail. These settings were validated through testing at the Healdsburg Unified District Junior High School. Scroll down to the bottom to see two posts describing these tests in full.
- Part 5: Bonjour Gateway: Bonjour Gateway enables clients to discover and access services on devices in different subnets/VLANs. This guide explains how to set up Bonjour Gateway so that teachers, staff, and students can access Apple TVs and printers in a different subnet and VLAN from their own.
When it comes to deploying a Wi-Fi network in K12, it’s important to do it right. Even the most expensive iPad, MacBook, or Chromebook deployment will fall apart without a properly deployed WLAN network. A lot of schools are upgrading their older 802.11n WLAN networks to 802.11ac thanks to E-rate, so it’s important to get the deployment right the first time by planning ahead.