Networking Changes

ADM Technology Blog

Here in the ADM Technology Department, we’re always looking for ways to improve the network performance we deliver to students and staff members in the district.  When we replaced our network in 2012, we moved to a heavily-wireless paradigm, where virtually all computers were connected via wireless connections rather than through physical cables connected to network switches. The motivation for this focus on wireless was twofold: first, connecting a computer via wireless costs us roughly $30 per connected device (to establish capacity), while connecting a computer via a physical connection costs roughly $150 per device (for switch and wall port capacity). Second, with the vast majority of our devices being portable (iPads, Chromebooks, and laptops), a robust wireless system was a must regardless of the approach we chose to take.

We expected, however, that we would end up moving some devices – particularly static devices in high-density environments, like a…

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