Improve the performance of your existing school WiFi

At Redway Networks, we’re specialists in WiFi and known for our great WiFi design. It’s in our DNA and is the building blocks to a superior wireless network as however great the products, its the WiFi design that underpins the network performance. Wireless that’s poorly designed won’t be an asset but will affect the performance and security of your school’s network.

Post-Installation Surveys

We focus on the finer details and our in-depth knowledge of school wireless networks, quality of our professional onsite surveys (performed using Ekahau) and WiFi reports delivered in an extensive but easy to digest format, that sets us apart from other IT vendors.

A post-installation professional, onsite WiFi or troubleshooting survey will highlight coverage and if capacity meets your school’s requirements in addition to giving you the assurance moving forward that your new wireless network has been properly designed for current and future usage.

Extensive WiFi experience

Our certified network engineers have extensive experience within the education sector and will deliver a ‘gold standard’ service for WiFi surveys using Ekahau’s heat-mapping software – recognised as the world’s leading analysis tool.

Accurate WiFi Signal

When performing a post-installation Wi-Fi survey or a troubleshooting survey we can conduct both an active and passive WiFi survey. During an active survey, the WiFi adapter is connected to the WiFi access point to measure signal strength and noise levels, as well as round-trip time, throughput rates, packet loss, re-transmissions and roaming performance. However, an active survey will give your school a more accurate indication of WiFi signal. During a passive survey, the site survey application passively listens to WLAN traffic, measuring signal strength and overlap between adjacent WiFi access points. By performing both an active and passive WiFi survey, we can report on potential issues beyond just signal coverage and an active survey will give a more accurate indication of WiFi signal.

Spectrum Analysis

We can provide a complete spectrum analysis which includes the detection, measurement and recording of RF interference that could degrade the performance of your wireless network. Interference such as microwaves or legacy wireless devices can have a serious impact on your WiFi network . During a post-installation survey we perform a spectrum analysis to highlight any interference detection from devices that are not transmitting constantly. We will conduct WiFi throughput testing which enables us to go one step further in verifying the actual capacity of your school’s WiFi network. Whilst a WiFi survey accurately determines connected data rate, performing a throughput test is a more accurate method for determining your WiFi network performance. We will provide all relevant configuration settings to maximise the performance and stability of your WiFi including radio channels, antennas and transmit power levels of each wireless access point to provide the most stability for your new WiFi design or new wireless network deployment.

If your school or college would like to book a WiFi survey, contact our sales team today.

With an increased focus on security within education, keeping your school safe is easy with our end-to-end network security. With today’s students always digitally connected and preoccupied with completing online school assignments, they’re unaware that an entire network in the backend is making all this possible. Education IT teams are tasked with not only keeping the network secure but also with protecting end-user devices and ensuring the physical and online safety of students and staff. All these serious responsibilities, paired with limited resources, create a challenge for education IT teams.

So how do you protect endpoints, networks, and students, all at the same time?

At Redway Networks, we partner with Cisco Meraki to provide our education customers with solutions that span all three areas for the safest campus environment. We can help your school or college manage all its security solutions from a single, web-based dashboard. This means you can simplify device, network, and security camera management through remote configurations, video monitoring, and application deployments. Your network will be safe from vulnerabilities, student data will be protected, and students will be safe walking around campus.

Network Security

Nearly 80% of headteachers believe their school faces and increased risk of a cyber incident and schools and colleges are becoming regular targets for cyber-attacks and many schools lack a cyber-security policy or the right training. Cyber criminals often gain access to private student data or important research, and threaten to share this sensitive information. The first line of defence comes by creating group or user-based policies for students, teachers, and staff, and restricting who can access various parts of the network. With integrated intrusion protection and malware scanning, users can easily stop malicious threats and files before they enter the network while prioritizing trusted educational applications with Layer 7 firewall and traffic shaping rules. With increased network visibility, you can track and shut down rogue access points, set up email alerts when rogues are detected, and contain rogue SSIDs, AP spoofs, and packet floods. Most importantly, with Meraki’s cloud-managed MX security solution, you can ensure the latest firmware updates are pushed to the network automatically to guard against the latest security threats and vulnerabilities.

Endpoint Security

As 1:1 programmes continue to grow and students bring more devices to campus endpoint security has become increasingly important. With an endpoint management solution, you can protect students of all ages from seeing inappropriate content, accessing blacklisted sites, and downloading unknown applications by using content filtering, group policies, and advanced malware protection. If a device is lost or stolen, especially one holding sensitive information, you can easily identify its location and retrieve it or remote wipe its contents. Most importantly, by protecting all the devices that students and teachers use every day, the network can remain secure from common endpoint security vulnerabilities.

Physical Security

Schools are tasked with providing safe learning environments for all students and teachers, without fear of trespassers, poor behaviour, or unforeseen incidents. With smarter security cameras, you can quickly identify when a person is where they shouldn’t be and view video analytics of school activity to identify high-risk areas. You can also help deter threats and incidents with the ability to quickly search recorded video and easily share with parents and law enforcement. With granular access controls and visibility from any Internet browser, teachers, principals, chancellors, and even the fire department can view groupings of cameras, or a single camera, and act accordingly. Plus, with video data encrypted at rest and during transport, you get even more protection against cyber threats.

To find out more about our portfolio of security solutions for schools, contact us today.

Cisco Meraki’s cloud-based solutions can help transform digitalisation within local councils. When the pandemic hit and moved much of work and life online, it accelerated digital transformation and now as local councils shift to the ‘next normal’ they need to prepare for a more permanent digital world. In a recent Government survey, nearly half of respondents said bill payments, records management and public meetings will remain online post-pandemic, while around one-third said the same about licensing processes. Additionally, 60 percent of respondents believed a remote/hybrid workforce will be the way of the future.

A strong network foundation and cloud-based IT will be a big part of ensuring staff and citizens can successfully navigate a more digital government. So read on to learn how your local council can make the transition to an easy-to-manage cloud based network, and why you can’t afford to wait any longer to make the switch.

We partner with Cisco Meraki to provide its wide range of networking products including access points, edge and core switching, firewalls, CCTV and IoT. In our experience the valuable features for Meraki in local government include:

local government networking

Improved IT Management

Many local governments have limited IT resources to support a large number of facilities, users and devices. Meraki’s cloud-based network can provide significant time and resource savings and allow IT teams to focus on more strategic work, especially when the entire network can be managed remotely from a single pane of glass.

Increased Network Security

Cybersecurity has always been an imperative for government, but the need for effective protection has intensified in the current remote work environment. And with further digitalisation of government services underway, the challenge and need are only growing greater. Consequently, cybersecurity solutions are one of the top three tools that local governments are most likely to adopt in the ‘next normal’ after the pandemic. A cloud-based network platform can greatly improve network security and should be a key consideration for any government organisation. For instance, Meraki’s cloud-based next-generation firewall capabilities give administrators complete control over user content and applications on their network.

Augmenting Facility Security

The physical security of government facilities and assets is another important part of the overall security picture for local councils. One way to bolster facility and asset security is through Meraki’s cloud based network, which supports smart cameras that provide reliable monitoring. Physical security has to complement IT security to make the entire operations and workforce more secure and a cloud-based model can combine IoT and IT security together.

Digitalisation Can’t Wait:

For local councils a cloud-based network that simplifies troubleshooting and monitoring and provides visibility across the entire network is essential, especially if the council has a small team and many facilities and services to support. Meraki is powerful yet simple to use so network admins can easily configure and support the switches without having in-depth knowledge. The flexibility of user authentication, ease of installation and the simplicity of firmware upgrades also make overall network management easy whilst providing secure access to the network.

If you would like to know more about Cisco Meraki for your council building, contact us today.

Across colleges and universities of all sizes and types, the need for modern WiFi solutions is clear. Further and Higher education caters to some of the UK’s most tech-savvy citizens – students. As part of the first generation to be digital natives from childhood, today’s college students have never known a world without the internet. In fact, 94 percent of adults aged 18 to 29 own a smartphone. As students arrive on campus, they expect instant connectivity — from streaming Netflix and playing video games to receiving notifications from mobile apps that guide them to their next class or inform them of relevant campus activities.

Just like the students they serve, college campuses are becoming more digital. Blended learning is booming (90% of college and university deans say their campuses will increase online learning over the next decade) and even traditional lecture halls and classrooms are suffused with digital content, such as video, lecture notes and other online curricular materials. Smart campus initiatives are automating a range of functions, and growing concerns about student safety are prompting a redoubled emphasis on both physical and cybersecurity.

WiFi is no longer an option

Tech-savvy students and smart campuses require a new kind of network, one which provides superior performance, scalability, reliability and manageability, while providing advanced analytics and automation. By addressing their network challenges, further and higher education institutions can position themselves to meet the needs of students and faculty for now and in the future.

Meraki meets the needs of today’s students and staff.

Colleges and universities are actively competing for students and confronting questions about the sustainability of the campus, all while tackling complex technology challenges. These key challenges include:

Student demands and expectations. Studies show students now bring an average of seven connected devices to campus, including mobile devices, laptops and computers, smart TVs and gaming consoles. One university, for example, has capped the maximum number of devices per student at 12 — a number that would have been unthinkable even a few years ago.

Students expect seamless connectivity everywhere they go on campus and enough bandwidth for work and play. As institutions compete for incoming students, reliable digital access is a must-have.

The campus experience. While connectivity is a requirement, digital services that accentuate the campus experience can be the differentiator that helps colleges and universities attract and retain students and faculty. Students expect simple online processes to register for classes and receive relevant information as they go about their daily tasks. Many colleges offer applications that notify students when their laundry is done, allow them to send assignments to the library printer remotely, and provide them with location-enabled alerts about events, directions and coupons as they walk by the bookstore or dining facilities.

Academic needs. Colleges and universities are developing plans to integrate digital content into traditional lecture halls and classrooms. Plus, online programs and blended learning opportunities allow students to livestream or view captured video
of lectures, removing worry of missed classes or snow days. For example, DeVry Education Group, a collection of eight institutions offering programs in business, health care, law and technology, plans to roll out video-connected classrooms where students can wirelessly connect to the whiteboard on their devices — whether they’re in or out of class.

Smart campuses. Today, more than eight in 10 higher education institutions are either using or plan to use Internet of Things (IoT) technology, according to CDE research. Many start with low-hanging fruit, such as adding internet-enabled controls to lighting, HVAC and other building systems to save costs. Plus, IoT will drive the connected services students and staff expect in their day-to-day experiences, from targeted notifications from appliances like washing machines and printers, to automatic notifications that can help students navigate academic buildings and learn about nearby activities and events. Doing so will dramatically increase the number of connected devices, increasing reliance on the network.

Security. Across campuses, there is an expectation to assure the physical safety of students and staff, as well as to protect both campus networks and the
confidential student information and research data they contain. Implicit in this is securing student and staff devices, as well as the growing number of IoT devices
— all of which are targets for malware and other cyber attacks. Institutions must balance the need for security with the need for students and staff to have access to relevant information.

Data, analytics and the cloud. As in the corporate world, the volume of available data on campuses creates new opportunities for analytics. In a 2017 CDE survey of 138 higher education officials, 46 percent said they were interested in implementing data analytics solutions and 64 percent identified data- driven decision-making as the top perceived benefit.

By choosing Cisco Meraki wireless access points, your college will benefit from increased network capacity and speed and central and local IT staff will have better network visibility through the web-based Meraki dashboard.

Contact us to find out how we can help your college with its Meraki deployment.

Education IT teams are tasked with not only keeping the network secure, but also with protecting end user devices and ensuring physical safety.

Today’s students are used to seamless connections on campus and in the classroom and are always connected. And while they are preoccupied with completing online school assignments or video chatting with friends, there’s an entire network on the backend making this all possible, which they’re probably not aware of. Schools and colleges are tasked with not only keeping the network secure, which is challenging enough on its own, but also with protecting end user devices and ensuring physical safety of students. All of these serious responsibilities, paired with limited resources, create a challenge for education IT teams.

So how do you protect endpoints, networks, and students, all at the same time?

Cisco Meraki is uniquely positioned to help education IT teams do just that. With solutions that span all three areas, you can ensure student and staff devices are secure, the network is safeguarded from vulnerabilities, student data is protected, and everyone is safe walking around campus — all from one, easy-to-manage location. Below are a few examples that illustrate what Meraki endpoint, network, and physical security can do for your school:

Endpoint Security

As 1:1 programs continue to grow and students bring more devices to campus endpoint security has become increasingly important. With an endpoint management solution, you can protect students of all ages from seeing inappropriate content, accessing blacklisted sites, and downloading unknown applications by using content filtering, group policies, and advanced malware protection. If a device is lost or stolen, especially one holding sensitive information, you can easily identify its location and retrieve it or remote wipe its contents. Most importantly, by protecting all of the devices that students and teachers use every day, the network can remain secure from common endpoint security vulnerabilities.

Network Security

Nearly 80% of headteachers believe their school faces and increased risk of a cyber incident and schools are becoming regular targets for cyber attacks. Cyber criminals often gain access to private student data or important research, and threaten to share this sensitive information. The first line of defence comes by creating group or user-based policies for students, teachers, and staff, and restricting who can access various parts of the network. With integrated intrusion protection and malware scanning, users can easily stop malicious threats and files before they enter the network while prioritizing trusted educational applications with Layer 7 firewall and traffic shaping rules. With increased network visibility, you can track and shut down rogue access points, set up email alerts when rogues are detected, and contain rogue SSIDs, AP spoofs, and packet floods. Most importantly, with Meraki’s cloud-managed MX solution, you can ensure the latest firmware updates are pushed to the network automatically to guard against the latest security threats and vulnerabilities.

Physical Security

Schools are tasked with providing safe learning environments for all students and teachers, without fear of trespassers, poor behaviour, or unforeseen incidents. With smarter security cameras, you can quickly identify when a person is where they shouldn’t be and view video analytics of school activity to identify high-risk areas. You can also help deter threats and incidents with the ability to quickly search recorded video and easily share with parents and law enforcement. With granular access controls and visibility from any Internet browser, teachers, principals, chancellors, and even the fire department can view groupings of cameras, or a single camera, and act accordingly. Plus, with video data encrypted at rest and during transport, you get even more protection against cyber threats.

With the perfect blend of endpoint, network, and physical security, we partner with Cisco Meraki to help provide the safest environment for schools and colleges. We can help you manage all of your security solutions from a single, web-based dashboard so you can simplify device, network, and security camera management through remote configurations, video monitoring, and application deployments.

In addition to wireless and switching, we can provide complete Meraki security solutions including smart cameras and IoT sensors so for your first line of defence, contact us today.

Underpinned by great design, Cambium Networks can give your local government office buildings or libraries all the connectivity you need to deliver a great service to your community with reliable technology that provides the highest through-put at the lowest total cost. Local governments are deploying wireless connectivity to create city hotspots, monitor facilities, and connect events. Wireless broadband technology from Cambium Networks is designed to provide the spectral efficiency, coverage, and capacity to offer consistently reliable wireless connectivity for remote buildings, indoor and outdoor WiFi access, events, and monitoring of facilities.

We partner with Cambium Networks to provide its CnPilot cloud-managed WiFi access points and Cambium’s free cnMaestro cloud-based management or on-premises software platform to give you a complete birds-eye view of your council’s performance – all underpinned by our best-of-breed design. In our experience the valuable features for Cambium in local government include: