IP-Com are in the process of rolling out a new range of indoor and outdoor access points. The key changes over the previous model range include extra features such as load balancing, airtime fairness (so WiFi access is fairly distributed between connected clients) and higher client count.
The new Access Point range also comes with a clutch of new management/controller units which add some exciting new features like multiple SSID based captive portal (that means a different captive portal per SSID!), cascading controllers and cloud control – further details on the revised controller range to follow.
Bishop David Brown School is a mixed secondary school on the outskirts of Woking and with 575 students it is rapidly expanding. A refurbishment project was completed in August 2016. The refurbishment included an extension to provide two new classrooms, four new Science laboratories, two ICT room, a Textiles classroom as well as the refurbishment of ten English and Maths classrooms. At the heart of the refurbishment was the requirement for a new WiFi system to replace an existing solution that was poorly performing and not meeting the teaching requirements for an ever expanding number of pupils whose IT requirements were becoming more intensive with new client devices being added to the network on a monthly basis. In addition to that there was also a requirement for outdoor WiFi to cover the external playing fields and gardens for Sports Days and other potential learning activities. Continue reading…
802.11ac was introduced to handle the boom in devices that need to use a wireless network at faster speeds. Whereas we would still argue that you can’t beat a lan cable for the fastest and most reliable network connections, you can’t get away from the fact that the vast majority of users prefer the mobility that a wireless network offers; this is especially true where the client device is a phone or tablet.
802.11ac is the next evolution in wireless technology, going forward from 11n which has been around since 2009. 11ac wireless technology represents a significant performance increase over its highly successful predecessor, 802.11n. The 802.11ac IEEE standard allows for theoretical speeds up to 6.9 Gbps in the 5-GHz band, or 11.5 times those of 802.11n. The first draft 802.11ac was ratified in Jan 2014 (referred to as Wave 1) with PHY* rate speeds up to 1.3Gbps. Wave 2 is the second release of 11ac products which is hitting the streets in late 2016 and promises some new, exciting features with PHY* rate speeds up to 3.47Gbs (well in some countries anyway!). However the full IEEE specification for 11ac actually allows a PHY rate up to 6.9Gbps; assuming, of course, that there’s the frequency bandwidth to support such things! Continue reading…
When the campsite offers WiFi but your ‘van is right at the other end of the site you may need something to help you get a better signal, the Solwise Patriot-USB is perfect for this.
The antenna will receive the campsite WiFi signal and terminate this inside your ‘van with a USB connector which you plug straight into your laptop. The Solwise Patriot-USB is a long-range wireless 802.11b/g/n outdoor USB CPE with 5M USB cable. The Patriot-USB includes a convenient Utility for scanning available networks and saving preferred networks. Security encryption can also be configured by this utility.
The Neutron Series Wireless Managed Solution from top Far Eastern WiFi manufacturer EnGenius has been very well received in the UK market since it was made available in 2014. The Neutron Series is exclusively distributed in the UK by Yorkshire based Solwise Ltd.
Steve Mace, Technical Director at Solwise, commented ‘We have been extremely pleased with the uptake of the Neutron Series in particular in the Education Sector. After exhibiting at the BETT Show in January we found there are many schools that can’t afford the very high end managed solutions and this makes the EnGenius solution a good alternative with its superb level of specification and very competitive price point.’
The EnGenius Wireless Management products, which include wireless management switches and indoor and outdoor wireless access points, gives Installers, VARs, and IT managers a rapidly scalable, high-performance, cost-effective solution for deploying multiple access points.
Designed for fast deployment and easy management of the EWS family of wireless indoor and outdoor access points, each EnGenius EWS Layer 2 switch is equipped with Gigabit Ethernet ports and supports 802.3at/af PoE for easy deployment of EWS-series access points. The EWS switches provide browser-based configuration and enable centralized management with quick setup of multiple EWS access points. Other features include: 802.1X authentication, access control lists, cluster AP management, intelligent diagnostics for access points, and bulk firmware upgrades and, of course, full 802.11k+r roaming for clients.