Building a Reliable and Fast Wi-Fi Network That Works for Teachers, Students, Guests, and IT Departments

With E-rate 2019 deadlines fast approaching, Aerohive is excited to help K–12 schools navigate the process and build a network that delivers A+ performance for teachers, students, and IT departments. Aerohive’s solutions for K–12 allow IT departments to build fast, stable, and secure networks while providing a great experience the teachers and students. IT departments will spend less time “fixing” the network while teachers and students will spend less time dealing with slow connections or inability to access needed resources.

Here are four reasons Aerohive is the best partner for your E-rate 2019 network upgrade.

Keep Your Network Management in the Cloud

When Wi-Fi was first introduced in the late 90s, access points had to be managed individually. From there, we moved to hardware controllers in order to manage all of the devices at once. Controllers were needed in the early 2000s because the processing power in access points couldn’t handle the processing power themselves. They were connected back to a controller to handle processing and policy enforcement. Controllers created a single failure point (and a single choke point). As technology progressed, some companies built controllers in the cloud, but they just moved the failure/choke point offsite. There is another way…

Aerohive, on the other hand, built the best of both worlds. Our access points, switches, and branch routers can all be managed from a cloud interface (accessed anywhere in the world), but all of the access points are distributed and talk directly to each other. This distributed model creates efficiencies for IT departments (ease of management without onsite hardware) without adding new failure points in a network. It’s the best of both worlds. Watch this video to learn more:

Our cooperative control/distributed architecture is a key reason to choose Aerohive as your E-rate 2019 partner.

Easily Secure Your Wi-Fi While Onboarding Users

We’ve written about Private Preshared Key in a previous blog, and it’s an imperative tool when building K–12 Wi-Fi networks through E-rate 2019. Regardless of your deployment model (BYOD, school owned, etc.), PPSK will work with all devices. With PPSK, users will connect to the network as they would at their house, but IT will be able to limit the number of devices each student/teacher can connect and revoke a user without impacting others. If you are using a single preshared key (PSK), revoking a single device would mean that an IT department would need to change the key for every device. This process could take days or even weeks depending on the size of the network. With PPSK, you would be done with just a few clicks.

Upgrade and Update on Your Schedule

Because of Aerohive’s distributed model, you have extreme flexibility when it comes to upgrades and updates. With many enterprise Wi-Fi systems, you’ll be limited on upgrading access points when new models come out. Aerohive was the first vendor to ship 802.11ax / Wi-Fi 6 access points last year. Existing Aerohive customers could make use of it by swapping out APs in areas they wanted to upgrade. Existing 802.11ac APs can work new 802.11ax / Wi-Fi 6 APs. There is no onsite management system that requires upgrading or replacing.

You can also update your APs on your schedule. Instead of having to upgrade all access points at once when new firmware is released, Aerohive’s HiveManager allows you to upgrade a single access point at a time (or groups) in order to test the changes in your environment.

Block Apps and Services at the Edge

Application Visibility and Control, or AVC, is one feature out of the multiple elements that should be considered when you are looking at a Wi-Fi solution. AVC enables the ability to see what applications are being used on your network, including peer-to-peer applications, who is using them, how much bandwidth they are consuming, and the ability to take action to ensure that your bandwidth is being used in the way that you intended.

The legacy method of providing application control was to simply whitelist or blacklist traffic. Today’s teachers and students will not stand for such absolute policies. If they cannot get to the desired site, or use a particular application, their assumption is that the network is down. Rather than prohibit certain sites or apps, you may choose to simply limit the amount of bandwidth that can be consumed by them. Another way to get to the same end is to use quality of service (QoS) rules to prioritize preferred traffic. With Aerohive’s access points and switches, you can prioritize key school applications and services above all other content.

As with everything Aerohive does, AVC happens directly on each AP. HiveManager isn’t involved in processing the traffic, though.

Choose the Right E-rate 2019 Partner

Aerohive’s cloud network solutions are a perfect partner for your upcoming network upgrades. Be sure to check out our E-rate 2019 Hub for all the latest information on deadlines and processes.

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