Get connected to wireless
Wireless helps schools make full use of your ultra-fast broadband connection. Some schools will be eligible for wireless SNUP (WSNUP) while others can organise their own wireless system.
Benefits of a wireless system
Installing a wireless system, or additional access points:
- helps your school make full use of its ultra-fast broadband connection
- provides your teachers and students with a more flexible teaching learning environment
- allows you to share your connection with your community.
Use only Ministry-approved contractors
Only Ministry-approved ICT contractors can install a wireless system and/or additional wireless entry points at your school.
Wireless School Network Upgrade Project (WSNUP)
Schools whose network was upgraded before August 2012 are eligible for a subsidised upgrade to its wireless network. Check to see if your school is eligible.
How long an upgrade installation will take
Upgrades typically take 1-4 weeks from when the installation starts to completion. This depends on the size of your school, and other factors including:
- how quickly you return the required documents
- the readiness of your school for the project
- availability of wireless contractors in your area.
Work that's covered by a subsidised upgrade
Work covered under a Wireless SNUP installation includes:
- an off-site analysis of your school’s current network switches and Wireless LAN (WLAN) System via the nominated project manager – Torque IPA
- standards-compliant upgrade of your existing Wireless LAN System if required, including full warranty and support (for example, firmware upgrades)
- ae-use of existing Structured Cabling System to provide the fixed link for Wireless*
- managed Gigabit Ethernet switching replacement or re-licensing if required, covered by a full, next-day replacement warranty
- provision of a training and network documentation manual.
*Cabling other than that required to connect to a wireless access point isn’t included as part of the scope of WSNUP. The project manager will discuss this with you on a case–by-case basis should it be required.
The Ministry’s contribution to costs only covers the standard upgrade. If you want other features like additional wireless access points or voice over internet protocols (VoIP), your school will need to pay any extra costs.
Share your wireless connection with your community
Your school’s wireless services can reach beyond the school boundary via equipment that a broadband provider installs at the school. Through a login, your students and staff access your network from anywhere, any time.
The safety of WiFi networks
The Ministry of Health provides information on the safety of using WiFi networks.
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