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The Not-So-Fast Times at Ridgemont High

by Louise Peter on Dec 19, 2017

Many of us recall the scene from Fast Times at Ridgemont High when Jeff Spicoli, played by Sean Penn, gets the munchies and orders pizza to be delivered to Mr. Hand’s classroom. If this happened today, Spicoli would have ordered pizza from his iPhone without leaving his seat. And Spicoli’s phone? It would be connected to the school’s WiFi network. And with the growing number of student and school issued devices accessing the WiFi network, WiFi performance would be… well, less than Greased Lighting (but that’s for another blog).

While it was only a few years ago that many districts rolled out WiFi to their students and staff, many of the networks that were deployed were out-of-date when they were installed. Wireless LAN (WLAN) installations utilizing controller-based architectures are unable to keep up with the ever-growing demands of the classroom. The number of school issued and personal devices belonging to students and staff has skyrocketed since 2013. Futuresource Consulting reported that mobile computing devices (iPads, Chromebooks, etc.) issued by schools to students and staff grew by over 350 percent from 2010 to 2017. This growth doesn’t include the non-school issued devices that students bring to schools every day. All of these devices are on the school’s WiFi network eating up precious bandwidth, leaving other critical school applications to fail. Most controller-based WLAN hardware installed just a few short years ago is failing to meet today’s network demands.

For the IT teams overseeing K-12 WiFi, receiving WiFi support tickets from students and staff can be as routine as the pledge of allegiance. And this is where Mojo’s cloud WiFi solution has been a game changer for schools which are understaffed and overburdened with WiFi issues.

Maryville Schools, a leader in 21st century learning, based in Marysville, Ohio was familiar with this. Marysville has invested in the latest technology, from 1:1 Chromebooks and computer labs to support advanced engineering courses (they even have an advanced robotics lab supported by Honda), and Learning Management Systems to cater to the individual needs of their students. WiFi is the backbone for all of this technology. But when important events such as state mandated testing would occur, their controller-based network would fail…routinely.

Marysville knew they needed to move to cloud managed WiFi to make their other technology investments work, so they began their research into the best cloud WiFi vendors for high-density K-12 environments. I won’t spoil the story to tell you that Mojo won the business, but do you want to know why Mojo was selected to deliver WiFi to their schools?

Was it for:

  1. Scalable, cloud managed WiFi solution
  2. Best-in-class security
  3. Cognitive WiFi – network intelligence to allow the network to heal itself
  4. Lowest cost WiFi solution
  5. All of the above

If you selected E, then you’re correct. Mojo's simplified "all included" pricing model makes it a no-brainer for K-12. Read more about how Mojo Networks transformed Marysville WiFi in our new case study.  

Marysville Schools Case Study

You can also check out our new Mojo Enforce video or read the Mojo Enforce Solution Brief and see how network device authentication has become simplified with Google for Education integration. If you'd like to find out more about Mojo Enforce or Mojo's cloud managed WiFi solution, sign up for a demo today!

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Topics: WiFi, Security and WIPS, Cloud Managed, K-12, featured