By: Varun Maheshwari
The summer of 2017 was a time of rebuilding, re-establishment, and rebirth in Gilman’s technology department. Gilman’s Tech team worked hard this summer to rip out the old Greyhound Wi-Fi and replace it with a faster and stronger update. Mr. Campbell, along with the rest of Gilman’s Tech team, hopes this Wi-Fi will last the school for several years to come.
Logistically, the new Wi-Fi system is more transparent than the previous system, allowing Tech Support to assess problems that may occur in the Wi-Fi faster throughout the school year. As far as system failures go, Mr. Campbell is confident that the new Greyhound Wi-Fi will not crash, shut down or lag as the former Wi-Fi network often did. Last year, most of the technical difficulties were assessed within a few hours and rebooted. The difference in the new Wi-Fi, however, is that the transparency of the software allows Mr. Campbell and his team to fix it faster without keeping the network down for too long.
The blocks on student Wi-Fi will remain the same as last year as to “prevent anything that could hinder the student learning experience” said Mr. Campbell. As the year goes on, with the help of the new system’s technology, the Tech Team will fine tune their blocked areas to filter out websites that need to be unblocked.
Besides speed and performance improvements, Greyhound Wi-Fi has seen other upgrades. The range of this Wi-Fi is now much greater than before and reaches new locations such as the football field, oval, baseball field, and the athletic building . Greyhound Wi-Fi has two lines, one reaching download speeds of 200 megabits per second (mbps), and the other 300 mbps—plenty of bandwidth for all the students to enjoy high speed internet.
It took 3 months of non-stop work, some of which is still going on, but the new Wi-Fi is now ready for the 2017-2018 school year. The tech team is also excited to announce Gilman’s online learning portal will be changing from Moodle to Canvas for the 2018-2019 school year, while this school year serves as a transitional period. The Tech team deserves credit for working hard this summer to ensure excellent internet access for all the students to enjoy this year.