With the massive growth in free Wi-Fi networks going up all over the world, it really shouldn’t surprise anyone that schools are some of the biggest providers around. In the UK and Ireland, one company has risen to the top of the list when it comes to schools needing an ISP provider they can count on for their Wi-Fi networks. Meru Networks (News - Alert) is a company that has managed to secure contracts with more than 2,000 colleges and Universities in the region.
The company has actually been able to get contracts with lower level schools such as primary and secondary schools as well. Meru has actually put together a Wi-Fi network that is specially geared towards these particular networks. These schools are using the brand new Meru Education-grade (MEG) Wi-Fi networks. These new networks are put together to be able to better handle the rising number of devices that are joining these networks every day. As more students bring their laptops, phones and mobile devices to school, some Wi-Fi networks can basically buckle under the strain.
Public Wi-Fi networks in general have had to be more robust when they are being used in high traffic areas specifically because there are so many more people using the web these days. “Wireless technology in schools has become integral to creating a personalized learning environment,” said Mark Howell, area director for UK and Ireland at Meru in a recent release. “But while this increase in demand for Wi-Fi to support an ever-growing number of devices is good news, it’s easy to think that a low cost solution can deliver the performance and scalability required. Mobile technology is only as good as the network supporting it, and as you add more devices, your network needs to be able to grow and deliver the same performance today, tomorrow and in five years’ time.”