Are your staff and pupils constantly being disrupted with frequent WiFi disconnections, super-slow download speeds, and devices refusing to connect?
From frozen buffering screens to wireless infrastructure that simply can’t cope with the number of devices trying to connect, there are several things that can cause havoc with your wireless in the age of hybrid learning.
We’ve created this list of the most common problems and some ideas to help you identify your wireless issues once-and-for-all - so you can find a solution to help reduce those disgruntled helpdesk calls and ensure your classrooms can continue to be a seamless space for bledned learning.
- Misconfigured Broadband Connections
When choosing the school’s internet connection type, it’s crucial to make sure that it supports your education technology strategy. A high-quality connectivity will enhance the school’s day-to-day operations and staff will be able to have complete confidence in the system. However, the network supporting your bandwidth connection is often overlooked.
It’s futile setting up a high-speed internet connection if It’s futile setting up a high-speed internet connection if your network isn’t correctly configured to support the increased capability. In addition to speed issues, poorly configured or protected internet connections can leave the school exposed to cyber-attacks, which due to the sudden adaption of online learning have been on the rise.
Check if your wireless is up to scratch to support your lesson planning, and lesson delivery whilst keeping you safe - identify where the real issues lie with a free Wireless Site Survey.
- Inadequate Infrastructure
A resilient network is one which is updated frequently to support the increasing numbers of personal devices and the new dependence on remote learning systems such as Microsoft Teams: it’s the foundation of your school’s networking environment.
We worked with Canford School to help improve their wireless network, which was originally deployed with the intention of supporting iPads in classrooms. Over time, the curriculum advanced and the school started introducing laptops and a BYoD policy.
The result of this increased burden on the network was slower login times, , users connection regularly dropping, and teachers began to lose faith in the network’s ability to deliver their lessons effectively. New laptops can’t go very far without a solid infrastructure which in this case resulted in a very frustrating learning and teaching experience. Following site surveys, we were able to recommend a reliable, secure and fast solution (read more here).
- Wireless Flooding
Regular disconnections, slow data throughput and poor download speeds can be due to, “wireless flooding” which is when providers over spec and fit too many wireless access points – which causes devices to fight to connect with access points in an overly congested airspace.
Read more about how your intention to maximise coverage can actually negatively impact your wireless network.
As a school IT manager your time is incredibly valuable. When you’re busy with the day-to-day of diagnosing faults, performing advanced diagnostic procedures and ensuring the overall security of your network is always maintained, finding the time to also check that your wireless network is at it’s best can be difficult – meaning missed updates and equipment downtime.
At Probrand we can help you figure out what’s causing your wireless headaches and provide the right technical guidance and expertise to help you sort it out so you can put your focus back into more important issues.
Get started by claiming your free wireless site survey today.
Read our Ultimate Guide to Wireless for a comprehensive and practical guide to wireless best practice, from start to finish including tips, common pitfalls and advice on future-proofing your network.