The Challenge:Exponential growth in network & wireless usage at a small-to-mid size school districts

  • Less than 5,000 students / faculty, at 3 – 12 locations
  • Mandatory on-line testing, on-line curricula, on-line learning management, etc. all drive need for increased LAN and wireless capacity
  • Growth in student end-user devices requiring various bands and channels of operation

All these drive requirement for upgraded wireless and supporting Ethernet switching.  But replacing and/or upgrading wireless at all location requires $100,000+ budget.

The Solution:Using Amer Networks Cloud Command network management system and Enterprise grade wireless access points on a campus-by-campus basis.

  • Amer Networks distributed Layer 2 PoE switching
  • WAP334N and WAP 444AC and OWL-300 (outdoor) wireless access points
  • Amer Cloud Command (Amazon cloud) wireless network management system

Amer’s integrated wireless solution provides:

  • Premier quality LAN switching systems with Cisco-interoperable / programmable standards,
  • 100% warranted for life, with all programming upgrades and support included in the initial procurement budget (fixed TCO for lifecycle of network),

Dual-band, enterprise-grade wireless access points

  • High performance, extended range hardware platform featuring dual 802.11n radios with 2×2 MIMO, high gain internal antennas for data rates of 300 Mbps on each radio via Gigabit Ethernet link.  Full 802.3af PoE compliant for easy installa­tion.

Cloud Command management:

  • Four SSID per radio; enable multiple networks primary, secondary, staff and visitor networks
  • Concurrent, remote management of multiple customer sites
  • Simplified deployment via self-configuration for full automated implementation
  • Enhanced security with WPA2-PSK + IDA
  • Multi-location roaming
  • Real-time performance reporting and alerting
  • Compliance logging
  • Intuitive, G.U.I. (see above)  enables immediate usability

As an indicative example, at a 6-campus, 3,000-student network environment, the Amer WAP / Cloud Command system will support 2,500 end-user devices with a network topology as follows:

  • SS2GR26ip _ Layer 2 24-port gigabit switches with full PoE (+500W) _ One (1) at each site supporting a maximum of 24 WAP units
  • Average 15 WAP334NC wireless access points per location estimated
  • 4-Year Cloud Command network management license fee

Indicative total cost of ownership (TCO) over a 4-Year operation planning budget, including all switching and wireless access point hardware, all Cloud Command network management software costs (hardware and software), all system maintenance, support and upgrades for the lifecycle of the wireless network: $7,100 per campus location.