Lodi Unified School District

Planning for the Future, Lodi USD Makes The Move To 802.11ac to Combat Device Explosion and Growing Capacity Demands

When is the right time to migrate to the newest high-speed 802.11ac WiFi standard? That’s the question Lodi Unified School District (Lodi USD) needed to answer with a rising tide of wireless traffic and more powerful devices hitting its wireless network. About 35 miles south of the state capital of Sacramento, CA, Lodi USD encompasses six additional communities, covering 350 square miles with some 50 K-12 schools serving roughly 30,000 K-12 students.

Like many schools facing the same considerations, Lodi decided to begin an ambitious project to upgrade and expand its WiFi infrastructure across the entire district. The reasons for it suggest that a lot of other enterprises may make the same decision sooner rather than later as more powerful WiFi devices hit the market and more media-rich applications are used in and out of the classroom.

“We needed a unified wireless infrastructure that could give us the longest possible lifespan and headroom for new media-rich applications being run on smart mobile devices in the classroom,” said Edith Holbert, network systems supervisor for Lodi Unified School District (LUSD). “You have to be prepared for whatever clients are out there today, as well as five years from today. Our move to 802.11ac is a key part of our strategy to stay ahead of this technology trend that everyone is facing.”

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Requirements
  • Higher performance, higher capacity district-wide indoor/outdoor WiFi infrastructure.
  • Scalable WiFi infrastructure to support tens of thousands of Chromebooks
  • Great wireless connectivity to meet mission critical testing and interactive curriculum needs
  • Simplified and scalable WLAN management to support thousands of APs and tens of thousands of clients
  • To reduce monthly broadband costs
  • A W-Fi solution that requires little or no ongoing IT support
Solution
  • Tripled client capacity and throughput with over 1,200 new Ruckus R700 802.11ac WiFi access points
  • Increased the number of concurrent clients supported per AP while improving signal strength and wireless reliability
  • Integrated new WLAN with existing iboss content filtering system
  • Deployed long-range point-to-point WiFi bridges at select schools to reduce recurring broadband costs
  • Quadrupled WLAN management capacity and scale with SmartZone 100 cluster