Mobility Trend: Focusing on Density and Bandwidth

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How one school district is stepping toward a digital curriculum and utilizing increased network connections.

The Naperville Community Unit School District’s (District 203) legacy wireless network was designed for coverage, not density. But with a host of new web-based applications—being accessed by more users and devices than ever before—density and bandwidth became a priority.

“Many of our new systems have a mobility component, and the number of devices connecting has quadrupled in the past 7 years,” says Roger Brunelle, CIO of District 203, located in Illinois. “All of that placed a heavy toll on our pre-existing wireless network.”

District 203 is in the process of deploying Cisco Meraki Cloud Networking access points in every classroom and common area, spanning two high schools, five junior high schools, 14 elementary schools, two stadiums, and a number of administrative offices.

“With better density and bandwidth, we open up so many possibilities,” Brunelle explains. “We can break down the walls of the classroom to better leverage the collective skills of our staff. We can transition over time to more digital curriculum; not just digital textbooks, but videos and streaming content with more interactivity and collaboration.”

District 203 is one of the first school districts to deploy 802.11ac technologies, helping ensure the wireless network will meet the school district’s needs for a decade or more.

“Our former network was a bottleneck,” Brunelle says. “With our new wireless network, we are not only breaking through barriers, but also opening up a host of opportunities for technology adoption and innovative teaching.”

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