Chromebooks For Education: Optimizing the Wi-Fi Connection and Solving Those Annoying Connectivity Quirks

April 19, 2017 Bob Nilsson

Intermittent connectivity…  slow to connect, won’t connect with 11n rates…  Samsung Chromebooks really slow when unplugged… falls off network, then connects back…  lose connectivity/slow ping when on battery…  streaming issues…  2.4GHz only end devices connect, performance fails over time.

Has your school district faced those sorts of problems with Chromebooks? Google’s student devices now own the leading share of the school market, but they come with their own set of quirks. On the positive side, Chromebooks are inexpensive, durable, secure, easy to centrally manage, and have long battery life. But there are over thirty different varieties from Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung, and they depend 100% on a solid Wi-Fi connection. If you are not careful, that Wi-Fi connection can run into interference from adjacent channels, co-channels or non-Wi-Fi devices like Bluetooth and microwave ovens.

The good news is that with the proper Wi-Fi hardware and software, implemented with a solid system design, Chromebooks will perform flawless in your classrooms. Your system design will need to be based on capacity considerations, like the number of devices, individual and total device bandwidth required, and physical constraints like walls, doors, and windows.

Want the inside scoop on how to achieve the most reliable Chromebook deployment for your school? Join our webinar, Chromebooks On Your School Network: How To Optimize And Manage The Chromebook Wi-Fi Experience, and learn the ins and outs of the Chromebook Wi-Fi experience from our expert, Gavin Bertsch. He’ll describe how to plan and implement your Chromebook deployment, and how to quickly track down problems should something go wrong.

About the Author

Bob Nilsson

As the Director of Vertical Solutions Marketing at Extreme Networks, Bob Nilsson leads the Extreme Networks strategy and programs for vertical markets including Healthcare, Higher Education, K-12 Education, Federal/State/Local Government, Retail, Hospitality, and Transportation and Logistics. He has over 30 years of experience in marketing IT systems to Global 1000 companies worldwide. Before joining Extreme Networks Bob was VP Marketing at Clear Methods. Prior to that Bob held senior marketing positions at Digital Equipment and HP. Bob holds an SB degree in EE from MIT and MBA from Columbia Business School.

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