Along with New School Year, Comes New and Improved Wi-Fi

St. Paul’s School, in an effort to keep up with the ever-changing technological world, has installed a new universal Wi-Fi system that the school hopes will broaden St. Paul’s horizons like never before.

Pictured is Mike Holmes, Technological Systems Coordinator

Mike Holmes, Technological Systems Coordinator

“The new system is the first main SPS Wi-Fi we’ve had, and it gives access on all corners of campus, which is something we’ve never had before,” said Mike Holmes, Technological Systems Administrator.

The company that installed the new system is called Aruba. The installation project took place over the summer, and “it was a meticulous process because so many different teams had to come in at the same time to connect every aspect of the project,” added Holmes.

The system experienced a number of difficulties during the summer, the most hectic being a situation where the whole system failed the day before the first day of the new school year. But since the beginning of the school year, it’s been running with little to no difficulty.

“I have hopes for our system this year and for years to come, and I also hope that this installment will help to open the school up to new technological advances in the future,” added Holmes.

Students are encouraged to "bring their own device" (laptops and tablets) to school as a learning aide in the classroom. In journalism class, junior Chris Rogers, utilizes his access to the SPS Wi-Fi system to write articles for The Paper Wolf.

Students are encouraged to “bring their own device” (laptops and tablets) to school as a learning aid in the classroom. In journalism class, junior Chris Rogers utilizes his access to the SPS Wi-Fi system to write articles for The Paper Wolf.

Students will be happy to hear that on the Wi-Fi system, they can now gain access to forms of social media such as Facebook or Twitter. “We, meaning the administration and technology department, realize that social media has become a massive part of our school happenings, and so we decided to allow it on our systems, where it wasn’t allowed in previous years,” added Holmes.

As far as upkeep is concerned, the technology department hasn’t had to do much maintenance on the system and hopes to keep it that way.

If teachers or students experience any difficulties with the system, they are asked to to contact Mike Holmes at mikeh@stpauls.com.

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