• Everyday I’m buffering: Common WiFi problems disrupting schools

Are your staff, pupils and visitors constantly being disrupted in the classroom with frequent WiFi disconnections, super-slow download speeds and devices refusing to connect?

From students jamming the WiFi to get out of exams, to infrastructure that simply can’t cope with the number of devices trying to connect, there’s several things that can cause havoc with your wireless.  

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 that you can find a solution to help reduce those disgruntled helpdesk calls and ensure your classrooms can continue to be a seamless space for interactive learning.

BYO Disaster

30% of UK secondary schools require their pupils to bring their own mobile devices (BYOD) to class as a cost-effective way to cultivate digital learning environments. Although this is fantastic for school budgets – this new learning approach can create unnecessary strain on infrastructure, IT and device management, and licensing which can lead to poor WiFi connectivity and unaccounted costs.

A BYOD program requires a BYOD optimised network to effectively manage the large number of devices connecting to prevent network overload. If your network was built more than three years ago and you’re experiencing problems, then it’s time for a refresh.

Inadequate Infrastructure

A resilient network is one which is updated frequently to support the increasing numbers of personal devices: it’s the foundation of your school’s networking environment.

We worked with ABC School’s wireless, which was originally deployed with the intention of supporting iPads in classrooms. But over time, the curriculum advanced and the school started introducing laptops and a brought in a BYoD policy. 

The result was that the school found that login times were slower, users regularly dropped off the network and teachers began to lose faith in the 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.

Check if your wireless is up to scratch to support your lesson planning, lesson delivery and growing numbers of personal devices - identify where the real issues are with a free Wireless Site Survey

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 multiple access points.

Read more about how your intention to maximise coverage can actually negatively impact your wireless network

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.

Management

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.

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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.



 

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