Wireless Density

We’re moving forward on many fronts.

Meru NetworksThe “big ticket” item for next year may be a Meru wireless network system for the Middle School building, where we may have as many as 180 wireless laptops active at once next year (250+ the following year). The Meru controller and access points self-configure and balance, and they receive laptop traffic on all channels, like a switch. They are used at colleges and universities in “high density” environments, and we’re meeting with the representatives with final questions today.

We finalized the PaperCut configuration for our Macs yesterday, and it appears that it will work as we want. For OS X users, there’s an open dialog pop-up all the time that shows their remaining balance (all users get $5-10 a month for printing, that doesn’t accumulate), and then B&W pages cost 5 cents and color prints 20 cents. Each print job tosses up a dialogue box showing the cost of the job and requests authentication. After that, the cost is subtracted from the running balance. Windows users on our domain won’t have to authenticate every time. Home-brought laptops (Macs and PCs) will require the client software and authentication every time.

We have no plans to charge students for printing, or even excess printing, but we do want them to have to request and say why if they need more than $5-10 a month for printing. Also, the software is smart enough to charge 5 cents a page for B&W jobs sent to color printers.

We should receive our Higher Ground sample Shuttle Bag later this week. Meanwhile, I have two new Xserves to figure out– iBooks users will authenticate via Active Directory, sync mobile folders on an Xserve, be controlled by Workgroup Manager, have off-campus logins, and have Apple Remote Desktop active. When students log into a Windows machine on campus, their home folders should appear from the Xserve. Simple, right?

Ah, the relaxing days of summer.

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