This Week in Technology [WK 15]

How many slams in an old screen door?
Depends how loud you shut it.
How many slices in a bread?
Depends how thin you cut it.
How much good inside a day?
Depends how good you live ‘em.
How much love inside a friend?
Depends how much you give ‘em.

– “HOW MANY, HOW MUCH” by Shel Silverstein

How many network cables in a new middle school?
Depends on how many you install.

This past week (week 15, because this update is a bit late…) we worked with our network vendor to get things right at the new middle school. Lots of wires, and lots of things to connect!

Essentially, each thing that connects to the internet connects through one of these network cables, and wireless clients (like a chromebook or cell phone) connects through an access point (we call them APs), then through a cable, and then to the internet. It’s magical that it even works at all!

 

network cables

We put our trust in our vendors and partners to get it right. Installing network capabilities in a new building is a challenge all in itself, and making sure each outlet is connected, working, and properly configured is a job for professionals that do this kind of work every day.

We can certainly maintain it, and make sure it runs right once installed, but designing it, cabling, connecting, and installing is a job for the pros.

In this past year, we’ve seen a few fiber connections go down as well. And ‘go down’, as in ‘cut’! That’s even more difficult to repair and get right, and it takes all kinds of special training and costly machines to splice fiber. And there aren’t that many people with that kind of training…

Regardless, we’re excited for the new middle school, and can’t wait to see students and staff in it, and engaged with curriculum, learning, and of course, technology.

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