Campus Network Upgrade


It’s important that your college campus network is working as efficiently as possible.  Slow downs can cause a hassle for students, faculty and IT personnel.

Upgrading your campus network can make a major difference in the the speed and security of your network.  It allows for easy management and visibility in the network.

However, a system upgrade is more labor intensive than simply switching out hardware.  Here are 5 steps that your university can take to successfully upgrade their network:

1.  Site Survey

Conducting a survey of the site allows you to locate the main issues with your current WLAN.  This information will help guide your plan to improving your network.

2.  Find high-usage areas

The next step is to locate the high-density points on campus. This will help you to determine where the stronger access points will be located.

3.  Identify frequency issues

If your campus in located in a heavily populated area, there may be neighboring frequencies that interfere with your connectivity.  Purchasing spectrum analyzers and researching network interference can help prevent any issues.

4.  Get rid of legacy devices

When upgrading your network, make sure that you are looking at more than just the hardware.  Devices that operate on 802.11b or 802.11g should be replaced.

5.  Site Survey

Once all of the upgrades are complete, run another survey and make any alterations needed to optimize the network.

Story via EdTech