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HOW DOES CAMPUS WI-FI BENEFIT YOU IN 4 WAYS?

1. NO WIRES: Wireless access (Wi-Fi) across a campus is a very positive and exciting experience for all your stakeholders. For example if you are managing an office or institution, your staff, students, and visitors can have instant access to email, internet, and other IT services, giving them true "mobility". This has the effect of improving the way they work, study, and learn. 

2. CLIENT SATISFACTION: Today, everyone who comes to your office institution has experienced wireless access to the internet somewhere—at home or work, or in coffee houses, libraries, airports, or hotels. As a result, it is no wonder that when people come to your campus they not only want but most often expect wireless access to all the information and services your office or institution provides. 

3. FLEXIBILITY: Even though Campus Wi-Fi gives many advantages, it should also be deployed with caution. For example you might want to restrict the usage of Wi-FI and Internet for official or educational purposes only. Fortunately, it is very much possible to do that cost-effectively with firewalls, so that administrators are in complete control of usage patterns.

4. UNIVERSAL MOBILITY: Other areas such as hotels, clubs, office spaces, halls, conference rooms, libraries etc can also benefit from Wi-Fi. Wherever you expect people to be congregating, you can easily expect a need for Campus Wi-Fi to provide seamless mobility on devices such as Laptops and Smartphones. 

The diagram below shows a sample representation of what you would expect from a deployment.



WHAT ARE THE 3 CONSIDERATIONS FOR CAMPUS WI-FI?

1. COVERAGE: Wi-Fi Access Points (AP) are used to produce the radio signals so that devices such as laptop can connect to the network. The coverage radius for each AP is around 100’ to 200’, so APs must be spread out to extend coverage throughout. Also, each AP must be connected to the campus network to provide connectivity.

2. CAPACITY: Consideration must also be given to how many users are typically expected to congregate in a given area. This capacity is typically distributed among different APs optimally placed in that area to maximize capacity and minimize any interference. Through centralized control of AP frequency and power, large numbers of APs can be placed in a given location increasing its capacity to the desired level.

3. SECURITY: More and more data propagated over the Wi-Fi network carries some sort of sensitive information that must be protected. Groups and services must also be isolated from one another to ensure quality of service as well as properly authorized access to resources. The Wi-Fi frequencies are public making them an easy target for snooping. Fortunately there are excellent mechanisms such as encryption, password protection to secure the data on Wi-Fi network and firewalls to prevent any outsider hacking or intrusion.

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