ENRICH SMART LEARNING WITH SECURE & SCALABLE WI-FI
With educational apps and videos making their way into classrooms, technology is now drastically changing the way students learn. Laptops and tablets are instrumental in facilitating student teacher interaction, and ensuring that students receive the most effective learning. With Edgecore Wi-Fi, institutions can easily adapt to this new IT environment. Network administrators can perform detailed management of teacher and student access by creating multiple user roles, each with its own pre-defined set of policies and schedules. Furthermore, configurable wireless connectivity thresholds and AP load balancing help to mitigate the congestion caused by heavy concurrent access in areas such as lecture halls, providing students with an uninterrupted learning experience.
Schedule & Role-based User Access Control
Powerful Wi-Fi access control is necessary for schools to protect critical network resources, have complete visibility over all users and devices, and quickly respond to any potential network issues. Edgecore’s role-based user policies provide school IT administrators with the tools to differentiate network access privileges between faculty members, students, and guests. Furthermore, each role can be assigned with unique access policies depending on schedule, and granted access to the network depending on the location of the Wi-Fi AP they are associated to.Learn More
Optimizing Wi-Fi Performance for High Density
Classrooms and lecture halls today are typically the locations in a school or university with the highest density of Wi-Fi devices. In order to facilitate an effective e-learning experience, Edgecore’s access points and EWS gateways support robust performance during periods of higher concurrent association, DHCP requests, and authentication traffic. Furthermore, IT administrators can configure detailed connectivity thresholds on the access points to intelligently manage available wireless spectrum resources to guarantee smooth network performance.Learn More
Traffic Prioritization for Reliable E-Learning
To ensure that teaching applications across Wi-Fi are not interrupted by regular student access, network administrators can use Edgecore’s role-based traffic classification and QoS features to assign different priorities for each user role. For example, teachers can be given a higher priority over students, ensuring the smooth wireless transmission of teaching materials. This helps avoid potential network congestion or downtime, and ultimately increases the effectiveness of technology in the classroom.Learn More
Smart Campus Wi-Fi Solution for Bilva Indian School
Located in Dubai, Bilva Indian School is aimed to provide students with the best possible learning opportunities in academic subjects, personal development, moral values and life skills and the ability to face opportunities and challenges of the 21st Century wherever they may be. To accomplish their mission, a tech-savvy learning environment is a must. As the student experience in the classroom is changing and faculty and staff are more reliant on online learning, a reliable and robust Wi-Fi network is at the top of the priority list.
After comprehensively evaluating several competing WLAN solutions, Bilva Indian School found that 4ipnet’s WLAN solution best fulfilled their needs. With 4ipnet WHG525, the IT administrator are able to differentiate network access privileges between faculty members, students and guests with unique access policies depending on schedule, evaluating security and efficiency for wireless networks. By combining ticket printing at the front desk with guest self-authentication via social media and QR code login, Bilva provides guests with a flexible number of ways to get on the Wi-Fi network.
Advanced AP management features on the WHG525, such as automatic AP discovery and provisioning, bulk AP configuration and real-time status notifications, simplified the deployment process. Once the APs went online, users could seamlessly roam between different APs without losing connectivity.
In addition to WLAN controllers, access points also play a significant role in the solution. To provide complete wireless connectivity and seamless roaming across the entire building, Bilva Indian School deployed 60 EAP760 access points across the 2 Floor Classroom building. Featuring two 3x3 MIMO radios that can support up to1.3 Gbps data rate, 4ipnet EAP760 provides stable Wi-Fi service across all classrooms and corridors with fire rated doors, preventing holes in wireless coverage. Furthermore, when used with WHG525, the configurable wireless connectivity thresholds (CCA) and AP load balancing features help to mitigate the congestion caused by heavy concurrent access in areas such as lecture halls, providing a secure and reliable Wi-Fi service for over 1,000 active concurrent users.
From network services to user monitoring and AP management, 4ipnet has successfully delivered a fully-featured and competitively priced wireless LAN solution to Bilva Indian School. With 4ipnet's solution, Bilva Indian School is able to provide a dynamic and stable e-Learning environment that creates multiple opportunities for students to explore new avenues of learning.
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4ipnet Optimizes Wi-Fi Connectivity at Leibniz IPK Campus
Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) is a nonprofit research institution and the center of the Biotech Campus Gatersleben in central Germany.
As an internationally renowned botanic genome research institution, it is essential for Leibniz IPK's Wi-Fi network to provide comprehensive coverage and reliable connectivity for its researchers. To meet this objective, the top priority of the institution's IT department was to upgrade the existing legacy Wi-Fi network to a reliable solution based on the latest 11ac standards.
"Given that we receive so many types of users on a regular basis, it is crucial for us to provide campus-wide Wi-Fi coverage and multiple user authentication methods," said Torsten Reuner, senior administrator of the institute's wireless infrastructure. After evaluating several vendors' Wi-Fi solutions, Leibniz IPK decided on 4ipnet as their final choice.
4ipnet WHG-series WLAN gateway-controllers are unique from other solutions available by integrating user authentication, role-based access policy enforcement, and centralized AP management into the same box. Furthermore, the Service Zone feature allows a single WHG gateway to simulate multiple independent virtual networks, each with their own user roles, access policies, and customized login pages.
With two 4ipnet WHG405 deployed, Leibniz IPK is able to offer Wi-Fi service tailored for individual user groups. Guests are assigned to the first service zone and authenticated via the built-in local user-database with accounts generated using 4ipnet's WTG keypad-based ticket printer solution. The second service zone is configured for visiting research fellows, where users are authenticated by 802.1X directly with their home institution’s "eduroam account", facilitating an even more seamless login experience. The third service zone "ipk" is reserved for the institute's employees only.
As for the wireless connectivity, IPK deployed 4ipnet’s EAP757, EAP767, and OWL630 access points to accommodate the various research laboratories, lecture halls, libraries, guesthouses, and outdoor facilities. The built-in enterprise-grade features of 4ipnet APs help IPK meet the demand of higher density environments, delivering a reliable user experience.
Up to date, Leibniz IPK is extremely satisfied with 4ipnet's Wi-Fi solution, as Mr. Reuner shared his user experience with great zeal, "Thanks to 4ipnet, we are able to implement a stable and optimized WLAN infrastructure. We look forward to completing the rest of Wi-Fi deployment with 4ipnet in early 2017."
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Wi-Fi & Smart E-learning Experience at SOA University
Located in Bhubaneswar, India, Siksha 'O' Anusandhan (SOA) University is a prestigious institution of higher education offering professional programs in a wide range of disciplines, including Engineering, Medicine, Management, and Law. In recent years, Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices have become increasingly ubiquitous, building a strong momentum for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in both enterprises and campuses. As a result, users are demanding reliability and high performance mobility for Internet services. The administration at SOA University noticed this trend, realizing that in order to meet these demands they had to offer a secure Wi-Fi environment that could handle a large capacity of concurrent mobile devices.
There were several challenges that SOA University faced when it came to providing mobile-ready campus Wi-Fi. First, since the university encompasses a wide area, the deployed APs needed to support fast roaming as users moved from one AP to the next. Second, given that the university could potentially have up to 1,100 students online at any moment, each with multiple mobile devices, the WLAN infrastructure needed to be robust and be able to operate steadily in high-density environments. Last, the university wished to provide differentiated access privileges for faculty members and students to ensure the security of sensitive data.
The university surveyed solutions offered by several vendors and concluded that 4ipnet’s solution was ultimately the most suitable, deploying WHG405 and WHG515 Wireless LAN Controllers with EAP110 APs. The controllers enabled browser-based user authentication, providing an easy and intuitive method for students to login. Furthermore, role-based policies allowed administrators to enforce firewall rules and limit the Internet usage of individual users. For example, students could be prohibited from browsing Facebook during class time, while bandwidth throttling would prevent the campus network from being overwhelmed by HD video streaming and other high bandwidth applications. In the event of illegal Internet activities such as music or movie downloading, detailed usage logs like HTTP Web Log and NAT Conversion Log would help the university IT staff quickly trace the source of the activity. These user management and logging features of the WHG controllers created a secure and reliable Wi-Fi environment for every user at SOA University.
In addition to WLAN controllers, access points also play a significant role in every wireless network when it comes to overall network quality and security. SOA University elected to deploy the most cost-effective 4ipnet EAP110 access points alongside the WHGs, providing up to 300 Mbps data rate for 802.11n clients and packing a complete set of features such as VLAN tagging and Layer 2 Firewall. VLAN tagging allowed the university to segregate network traffic and limit broadcast domains, while Layer 2 Firewall helped prevent unnecessary packets from entering the wireless medium, freeing up the airtime for additional data transfer. The most significant benefit came from integrating the EAP110s and WHG controllers, which allowed the team at SOA University to perform centralized AP management and monitoring, rogue AP detection, and load balancing between APs.
In summary, 4ipnet’s WLAN solution enabled SOA University to deliver a next-generation mobile e-learning experience. From network services to user monitoring and AP management, 4ipnet's features helped simplify the workload of network administrators and guarantee a high performance and secure wireless network. At SOA University, students can now enjoy uninterrupted Wi-Fi connectivity on their mobile devices across the campus, arming them with a much smarter and more efficient way to learn.
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Extended & Reliable WI-FI at Aoyama Gakuin University
Proud of its 140-year history, Aoyama Gakuin University relocated its campuses to Aoyama and Sagamihara in 2013. As of today, the Aoyama campus has 7 Humanities and Social Science Departments with 15,000 registered students, while the Sagamihara campus has Science and Technology and Social Information Departments with approximately 5,000 students. The university consists of 9 undergraduate departments, 12 graduate schools, and more than 20,000 students in total. In recent years, the dramatic increase in usage of smartphones and tablets on campus have put an unpredicted amount of stress on the university’s existing wireless LAN infrastructure, resulting in slow or poor Wi-Fi connectivity. How did Aoyama Gakuin University Institute of Information and Media overcome this challenge and provide reliable wireless connectivity for such a large student body?
Considering the changing communication environment and the increase in mobile device usage, Aoyama Gakuin University realized that its existing wireless LAN infrastructure needed to be expanded. However, providing a reliable wireless environment for over 20,000 students was not an easy task. In addition to controlling the total cost of ownership, the deployment was expected to be both time-consuming and difficult. Therefore, Aoyama Gakuin University hoped to find a solution that could provide reliable wireless access under a limited IT budget. ?
The Institute of Information and Media, which is in charge of the operation and support of the IT infrastructure on campus, came up with a comprehensive proposal. Since the last equipment renewal in 2009, the institute has been asked to improve the wireless network on campus. Mr. Mishima, an Assistant Professor of the Institute of Information and Media, recalls the situation:
“There were strong demands from faculty members regarding the expansion of the wireless LAN. Some even made comparisons between us and other schools. The equipment renewal of the school takes place every 5 years. Last time in 2009, we deployed some wireless access points (AP), but only in certain public areas such as cafeterias and common rooms where lots of students gather. Since professors and students have been increasingly using notebooks or tablets in lectures, they want a wireless LAN environment with high performance.”
In order to address these issues, the university moved forward the wireless infrastructure upgrade that was originally scheduled for 2014. However, there were several concerns regarding the implementation, such as the total cost of the equipment and how the APs would be distributed to provide optimal coverage. “There are some buildings or floors without Ethernet cabling, causing restrictions for wireless LAN deployment. We thought about the possibility of laying Ethernet cables, but were forced to abandon that idea due to limited budget.”
Despite the concerns, the project had to proceed and a solution was needed. Therefore, Mr. Sakata, a Research Associate from the Institute of Information and Media and a close associate of Mishima's, consulted with NTT Advanced Technology Corporation (NTT-AT), one of the companies selected as a candidate for the wireless LAN deployment. According to Sakata, the responses from NTT-AT were extremely surprising.
“Firstly, I asked about the deployment in classrooms. The number of APs and the plan given in their timely reply really amazed me! The floor plans of the buildings were available on the school website for reference, and they made full use of them, not only simulating the structures of the buildings, but even calculating radio wave interference to decide where the APs should be deployed. I never imagined that this was possible! Of course there was an on-site investigation, but the results were almost the same as the original suggestions. We felt that when compared with other vendors, NTT-AT really distinguished itself by demonstrating the know-hows of wireless LANs.”
After consulting NTT-AT, Aoyama Gakuin University felt more optimistic about the deployment. Therefore, the last remaining issue was how to increase wireless coverage while staying within the budget limit. Once again, NTT-AT had a fitting solution. “The proposed 4ipnet wireless APs [EAP320] were very attractive in terms of cost performance. Therefore, we were able to increase the number of APs without exceeding the budget, and extend the Wi-Fi coverage expansion beyond what we had originally imaged. Moreover, in the locations without wired cabling, the APs can be connected to each other via wireless links*1. Lastly, we realized that it is possible deploy more APs when necessary, as the network is very scalable.” After NTT-AT was asked to carry out the deployment, the project proceeded smoothly – by the spring of 2013, the wireless LAN deployments on both Aoyama and Sagamihara campuses were completed. What did the students and staff think of the wireless network? A smile appeared on Mishima’s face as he continued:
“Across the entire Aoyama campus, the wireless coverage has increased to over 90%, while the Sagamihara campus also enjoys Wi-Fi coverage in selected academic buildings. Compared to what it was before, the pressure from students and faculty members has been substantially relieved. The achievement was not only due to the high performance of deployed APs, but also the optimized placement locations, which is attributed to NTT-AT’s expertise.”
Wrapping up the interview, Mishima talked about the university’s future vision for its network infrastructure. “In order to make Wi-Fi widely accessible across the entire campus, we plan to deploy more wireless APs, starting from science laboratories, where initial deployment was postponed due to relatively lower user density. Perhaps with the increase of wireless APs, radio interference might occur again, but we don’t feel worried as we are strongly confident about NTT-AT’s expertise. With their advanced technology and knowledge, NTT-AT is capable of deploying optimized wireless LANs for us without any resources being wasted. They help us think in the shoes of the actual Wi-Fi users, and provide us with accurate, concise, and flexible feedback. That is the most important reason why we can rely on them.”
Through its partnership with NTT-AT, 4ipnet has successfully delivered a fully-featured and competitively-priced wireless LAN solution to Aoyama Gakuin University. After the deployment, the number of Wi-Fi related complaints and issues have also drastically decreased, reflecting both the reliability of 4ipnet’s solution as well as the high quality of initially deployment planning. With BYOD becoming ubiquitous and mobile usage rising rapidly, institutes of higher education will find that 4ipnet offers a flexible and effective managed wireless network, catering to all types of needs and situations.
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