Saturday, 6 August 2016

Improving WiFi

Remember a world before WiFi? It's become essential for so many things and we want it to be consistently good at every academy across the Trust. Over the Summer and Autumn we're doing two things.

  1. Where the WiFi is poor we're either adding to it, or simply replacing it with easy-to-manage access points that we know will be good for several years ahead. This should mean that all indoor spaces and many outdoor ones will have good quality signal, linked to our network for staff, students and guests.
  2. We're making the experience of using that WiFi consistent so that if you've used the service at one of our sites, it will "just work" from then on. 
Part of that simplification process will involve people having to register their device with us before they can connect for the first time: this will allow us to ensure that when they bring their own device it can only access what it should, and make sure that their internet use can be properly tracked.

When your academy has been upgraded you'll notice some new WiFi network names appear such as DRET_Guest - you'll be given instructions on how to access them and we'll let the existing system carry on for several weeks to give everyone time to switch over.

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