Over the past two years the demands for technology
utilization in the classroom has grown significantly. To meet these demands
and provide future flexibility, NSCC needed to ensure that every classroom
could connect to the college network and the Internet. It was an opportune
time for us to investigate wireless connectivity because we were faced
- Lack of cabling infrastructure to many classrooms at our three primary
- Our Beverly campus is a rented facility that will be replaced with
a new building that is currently under construction in Danvers.
- Existing connections in classrooms were not in locations that were
easily accessible to faculty members.
- Wireless technology has recently provided greater available bandwidth
(11MB) and has drastically come down in price making it a viable option
to supplement our existing cable plant.
- We desired to have computers made available for student in general
areas such as the library, cafeteria, etc.
- A plan was required to support students with laptops and their connectivity
We planned to investigate and pilot wireless connectivity
at one campus location and if successful extend the wireless connectivity
to supplement the networks at two other campus locations. The pilot was
successful and we have since extended this capability to supplement network
access at three campus locations. Each of these three campuses has these
- Every classroom is now network enabled and in a relatively cost effective
- Our Verizon training program that takes place on student owned laptops
has been converted to run via wireless. Twenty-four students now connect
to the network via wireless in slightly modified classrooms that provide
an electrical outlet to every student.
- Network connectivity is now available in general campus areas, such
as the cafeteria, library, gym etc.
- Flexibility for connecting laptop systems in an ad-hoc fashion to
support registrations and events.
- Managers who own laptops and travel between campuses can now connect
from almost any campus location.