The higher education landscape is constantly changing, especially when you’re focusing on the industries Wi-Fi networks. What used to be fairly straightforward is no longer simple or one size fits all. College and University campuses are among the most demanding wireless environments in existence today.
Within the Higher-Ed industry it’s becoming common knowledge that the quality of your Wi-Fi can directly impact your bottom line, both from potential students as well as from potential business partnerships. This means that both Colleges and Universities in order to stay competitive need to invest in their wireless networks today
It’s important our institutions have the tools to support things like fast on-boarding and efficient management, allowing them to fully support the growing number of different device types. This of course is all while keeping that quickly expanding number of users secure.
Most IT departments are relatively small, but are expected to support extremely large networks. This is why more institutions are looking to automated wireless network management systems that can perform wireless administration tasks, produce reports and even offer very detailed troubleshooting.
These management tools are also helpful by remaining vendor neutral—meaning you can choose the software solution that fits your institution best no matter what your current wireless infrastructure is made of.
One thing people take seriously is high-performance Wi-Fi. There are those who are even willing to pay for it. Educational institutions can take advantage of this opportunity by charging non-enrolled visitors a reasonable fee to use the network. Implementing the idea takes some thought though. Guests will need a separate, secure network, and management tools will be needed to streamline it.
It’s hard to say which of these trends will most affect your school, but change will always be a part of the future. Preparing for those changes to prevent issues is a far better choice than to idly sit by. It’s the difference that can make you a cutting-edge leader.
Must have good customer and people skills, in-person and telephone, project management fundamentals, multi-task, problem solving, trouble shooting, detail oriented, good follow-up and follow-through, proactive, documentation of systems, network diagrams etc.
By our solution we've helped countless numbers of Colleges and Universities design and implement a successful secure campus wireless network. If you have any questions regarding your current WLAN or would like to discuss plans for your new network simply contact us, we'd love to see how we can help.