Wi-Fi for schools
Connect the Classroom
The Connect the Classroom scheme enables schools to enjoy the benefits of
Wi-Fi solutions to provide rich educational student experiences.
CONNECT THE CLASSROOM
The Department of Education (DfE) is currently offering Connect the Classroom funding to schools that were eligible for the Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) Programme, commonly known as the rural gigabit scheme.
Schools will need to search for suppliers that can install and support the right equipment to meet the standards of the funding, such as Wi-Fi 6 access points and a minimum five-year warranty.
This may seem a very high spec for a smaller secondary or primary school, but while new tablets, laptops, PCs and phones may be compatible with the new Wi-Fi 6 standards, they will revert to the lower standards when they are connected to older access points and will be less efficient.
Here are a few signs that your Wi-Fi hardware is no longer working well enough:
Dead spots with no coverage
Inability to connect to the Wi-Fi network
Lack of guest access/guest management
Limited network management tools
Dead spots and a lack of coverage can only be fixed by increasing the number of Wi-Fi access points on site and in the grounds.
Modern Wi-Fi networks will also benefit from better management tools and will allow IT managers to identify areas that are struggling to handle high volumes of users and bandwidth use.
If you need help finding a Connect the Classroom solution, please do hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to organise an initial site survey and to get our help with your funding application.
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From start to finish, swcomms ensured this project went smoothly; from detailed heat maps of the final design, through to a hassle-free installation. The Meraki system gives a great deal of transparency to my network. A highly recommended product and provider.
Connect the Classroom update: Wi-Fi for schools
The Connect the Classroom scheme is not just a case of adding a few more access points here and there. Schools are being fitted out with state-of-the-art Wi-Fi solutions to provide rich educational experiences for students using mobile devices, such as laptops and tablets.
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