Kulkarriya Community School deploys ZyXEL wireless networking solutions
Founded in 1978 and operated independently by Yungngora Association in Western Australia, the Kulkarriya Community School provides academic studies and education for indigenous Australians to sustain the most important value as a vital element in the process of social and cultural reproduction.
With the increasing amount of Internet applications incorporating digital technologies, a high-performance network is critical with capability of not only speedy transmission but also uncompromising integrity in streaming bandwidth-intensive audio and video multimedia contents.
In fact, the network system architects had faced serious challenges when extending the network for wireless connection. In addition to speed, stability and reliability are additional imperatives when streaming digital multimedia contents over the wireless network; and the challenges even level up when the wireless connectivity extends from one point to multiple points for a large landscape extending from the campus to remote accommodations for the staff and teachers when cables are not suitable for such lengths or deployment scenarios.
Manageability of "guest access control" is also critical when access privileges for different identities are necessary to prevent network breaching; weather condition is also an exceptional challenge for the device in addition to functional and performance requirements. The sustainable design against harsh temperatures, high humidity in the wet seasons and lightning strike has been taken into consideration for the final decision as well.
Solutions and Benefits
As the result of an on-site diagnosis performed in collaboration with SOE Software Pty Ltd., a system integrator and local partner, the ZyXEL NWA3560-N 802.11n WLAN Dual-Band Access Point was chosen for the final deployment.
Designed with state-of-the-art IEEE 802.11n wireless technology and dual-radio implementation, the wireless AP meets deployment needs the best for multi-user mobile connectivity, while the Dual-Radio design with concurrent 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands through the internal and external antennas provides high availability of transmission.
The exceptional 3 in 1 hybrid design with AP controller mode, managed AP mode and standalone AP mode provides IT administrators with configuration flexibility to optimize the AP functionality according to the actual deployment scenarios. It enables both high expandability and controllability as multiple remote connections are configured. With the graphic interface for comprehensive configuration management, administrators are able to set privileges for guest access easily to ensure that the Internet connection is properly authorized and monitored.
Lightning arrestors are integrated into the design in consideration of particular natural phenomenon on the grand continent. Moreover, the additional ZyAIR EXT-300 Surge Arrestor and Jumper Cables allow the detachable antenna to be extended for outdoor reception. To ensure public health and safety during emergency situations such as fire accidents, LSOH (Low-Smoke, Zero-Halogen) material has been applied in the product design to assure the least amount of toxic or corrosive smoke.
With wireless connectivity, the school staff and teachers are able to provide improved quality of courses in a more dynamic structure for students. When preparing for the courses, teachers can access the school network for campus resources from home to plan and design contents easily with comfort. This improves not only the teaching quality but also the retention rate. In classrooms, the school can implement new technologies and teaching aides such as Smartboards, iPads and other devices to create a more interactive and effective teaching-learning experience enabled by the fast, reliable and secure wireless network.
Eyeing on the future where wireless expansion is required for more users or remote accommodations, the high scalability and hybrid characteristic of the ZyXEL NWA3560-N allow the school to easily deploy and quickly configure additional units for increased wireless coverage.