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Understanding The Pros and Cons of BYOD in Schools

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jul 24, 2014 5:00:00 AM

If you're involved in the technological decision-making for a school district, you've undoubtedly become aware of the controversy surrounding “Bring Your Own Device” policies. This is causing waves across all areas of business, but when it comes to school districts, there are particular elements at play that make BYOD something of a gamble.

And those 'particular elements' are, of course, your students.

A BYOD-ready WiFi network could bring a lot of benefits to your teachers and other workers, but there are issues involved with the student body that require some thought. Allowing students to use their own electronic devices brings benefits and drawbacks that are often highly complex.

Elements To Consider Before Implementing At Your School

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Topics: Secure Wireless Network, BYOD

Why BYOD Spells Relief For Strained School Budgets

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jul 23, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Bring-Your-Own-Device is one of the hottest tech trends in business, and now it's coming to school districts. Increasing numbers of schools are now looking to embrace the Internet, rather than locking it down, to improve their own operations as well as offering new teaching opportunities.

BYOD is relatively inexpensive to implement, and it can start bringing major benefits to your school: You'll get direct cost savings, as well as numerous areas where small optimizations can eventually add up to even more savings.

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Topics: BYOD, Secure Wi-Fi Solutions

Embrace The BYOD Revolution Through Effective Management

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jul 22, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Bring-Your-Own-Device is quickly becoming one of the biggest – and most controversial – new industries in business networking. The boom of employees bringing their personal devices to work is undeniable, and many businesses were eager early adopters.

However, over the last couple years, new problems have arisen. As a new approach, early adopters are also discovering the problems which weren't immediately apparent.

This doesn't mean BYOD isn't right for your business, but it does mean thoughtful planning and implementation are necessities. The companies that seem to be having the most problems are, largely, those who seem to do the least pre-planning.

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Topics: BYOD

How Far Have We Come With Technology In The Classroom?

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jul 21, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Over 40 years ago, the Jetsons cartoons depicted a modern world in which robot maids did the housework, and people commuted to work and ran their daily errands in personal spaceships. While an amusing thought, it was likely that that the show depicted at least one creator's hopes that we would have all of those conveniences sooner than later.

While you may not spend your morning drive soaring high above traffic jams, technology has become much more prevalent in the everyday lives of people everywhere. We can surf the internet from a tablet in our kitchen, or turn our smart phones into a virtual Swiss Army knife with applications that can help us to live better lives.

But surprisingly, many of the benefits of today's technological advances have yet to reach one vital aspect of every successful society: the classroom.

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Topics: Secure Wi-Fi Solutions

The New Bluesocket 2035 Wireless Access Point Is Fast and Reliable

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jul 18, 2014 6:00:00 AM

If you're looking at deploying a WiFi network that needs to cover a wide area, or will one day be widespread, the new ADTRAN Bluesocket 2035 Wireless Access Point makes a great investment in your network's future.

Bluesocket is already known throughout the virtual networking industry for its power, ease of use, and simple deployments. The BSAP 2035 takes that to the next level, adding 802.11ac support, robust new BYOD features, and the capacity to support up to six additional external antennas.

What makes the Bluesocket 2035 a great choice for networks that need room to expand? Let's take a look.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points

3 Things To Consider When Mapping Out Your WLAN Design

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jul 17, 2014 6:00:00 AM

If your business doesn't have a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) already, it's probably on the menu for a future expansion. Wireless networks bring plenty of benefits to both businesses and their customers, making a great investment for any company looking to leverage the global Internet for success.

However, even a well-planned network upgrade can be expensive - and a poorly-planned one can be extremely expensive, especially over the long term. Proper pre-planning is a necessity for creating an affordable network which solves more problems than it causes.

These are the most critical areas to think about during your planning, before you commit to any specific architecture or vendor.

Three Important Issues To Consider BEFORE Implementing A WLAN...

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Topics: Secure Wireless Network, vWLAN

The Top 10 Things Your Employees Want In a New Phone System

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jul 16, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Telephones are still one of the backbones of our businesses. Despite the rise of email and other methods of communication, old-fashioned voice networks are still one of the the main ways you'll contact your customers and business partners.

A new business phone system, updated to bring the latest features, isn't just a technology investment. You're buying tools that will make your workers' lives easier and more productive. If you focus on purchasing phones that will bring the most benefit to your workers, that will ultimately boost their long-term ROI.

Not sure where to start? We've got ten suggestions for features that are certain to give your employees what they want!

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Topics: VoIP, Phone Systems

The 3 Best Wireless Access Points For Medical Practices

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jul 15, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Is your medical facility looking to add -or expand- its WiFi network?

In the last few years, a huge range of new options for business networking have appeared. Technologies that were reserved only for huge corporations five years ago are now commonplace, and within reach of most clinics. Virtualized networks, especially, bring the power and flexibility a modern healthcare facility needs.

So which are the best wireless access points for a hospital, clinic, or other medical practice that has its eye on the future? We've got three picks!

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Secure Wi-Fi Solutions

The New Bluesocket 2030 Wireless Access Point Brings 802.11ac Speeds

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jul 14, 2014 6:00:00 AM

The ADTRAN Bluesocket system has already been gaining traction as one of the best options in virtualized networking, thanks to its ease of use and setup. It's now gotten even better with the addition of the Bluesocket BSAP 2030 wireless access point, featuring faster speeds than ever before and a greater focus on BYOD compatibility.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points

BYOD Is All Rainbows And Unicorns Until This Happens!

Posted by John Ciarlone on Jul 10, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Bring-Your-Own-Device is happening in businesses around the world, and it may even be happening in yours – whether you have a policy or not. The proliferation of “smart” Internet-capable devices are creating a workforce that's simply accustomed to making their smartphone or tablet part of their business life.

When they get to work, they log their iPad onto the network, and keep on rolling. Second-screen productivity tools are now a hot topic. Multiple screens is no longer simply for sysadmins and data-crunchers. Virtually any worker can find ways to implement their devices in business capacities, and they are.

So, it's easy for a company to figure “BYOD isn't causing problems, so why worry?” Well, it's is one of those things that works well right up until something goes wrong. That's when a company starts to wish it had more robust BYOD policies.

Three Common BYOD Security Issues To Watch Out For...

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Topics: Secure Wireless Network, BYOD

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