[K12OSN] wifi wireless k12ltsp support status

James P. Kinney III jkinney at localnetsolutions.com
Sat Oct 4 17:17:30 UTC 2008

To shout loudly:


For many many reasons wireless is a bad idea. It is EXPENSIVE!!! Wires
may cost $$ to run but once in they rarely fail. Wireless requires
SKILLS to maintain and $$$$$ to install. Most schools systems are
hurting for solid tech support and adding wireless on top is just salt
in a wound.

Wireless is good for board rooms (execs do very little important work
anyway) and college campus and home. Laptops are a BAD idea for schools
most $$ for least compute power. Easily broken. Expensive to fix.

Wireless devices use batteries that MUST BE REPLACED $$$$$

Don't bother. Don't use it. Stay away from wireless. It is not, and will
never be suitable for K12 schools as long as they are as poorly funded
as now. 

To achieve the thin client access level with wireless (using an onboard
boot ROM and not PXE) it will cost 3X the cost of wire PER CLASSROOM.
You _STILL_ have to run a wire to each AP. So a 16 port Gbit switch cost
LESS than a solid AP that can support 14 clients and a printer.


On Sat, 2008-10-04 at 09:49 -0500, Barry R Cisna wrote:
> Does anyone have any thoughts here on,,,if,, the MIMO / "N" Ap's would
> be any benefit in regards to making wireless with thin's a doable
> option? The school purchased 10 N/ MIMO AP's (for spares)that are just
> sitting in boxes. The way I see it if even two of these Ap's were put
> into existing wall mounted switches per lab this should be a starting
> point. I'm not enough of a bean counter maybe to see how quickly the
> AP's would become saturated with even slim use with say 30 thin clients
> per room. The downside, without wireless cards being able to do PXE this
> seems to be almost a no-go at this point:(
> Thoughts?
> Thanks,
> Barry Cisna
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James P. Kinney III          
CEO & Director of Engineering 
Local Net Solutions,LLC                           

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