When the teachers and students at the high school in one of the largest school districts in central Massachusetts started complaining about its wireless network, the district’s network administrator knew exactly what to do. Working with the building’s technology person, he took Wyebot’s Wireless Intelligence Platform™ (WIP) and designed a test scenario to really stress the network to see if he could replicate the problem.
They set up 400 Chromebooks between five rooms in the high school; and then they let 400 students simultaneously log in and get to work. “We told them to hammer the network,” the network administrator shared. “We wanted them to give it their all, a true test of what the network could handle. We wanted to know why teachers weren’t happy.”
With WIP providing visibility into the entire WiFi ecosystem including network tests on the G-Suite applications, and client forensics on each of the 400 Chromebooks, the building tech could automatically see what wireless issues came up. WIP’s client forensics capability identified every device on the network, revealing that there were no rogue devices causing network degradation. WIP’s network test suite ran through diagnostics, including a speed test and iPerf test, to screen the network’s throughput performance. All results came back positive, showing a strongly performing wireless network.
With WIP’s automatic, thorough analysis, the network administrator knew the problems teachers reported weren’t from the wireless network or the school’s Chromebooks.
“Things were seamless. Wyebot helped tremendously,” the school said.
It wasn’t the first time WIP was used to help this district identify WiFi issues – everything from rogue APs to an overabundance of multicast traffic – but it was the first time the school used the platform’s analytics in such a congested environment.
“Wyebot works as an outside, vendor agnostic, independent source, that takes a look at everything – devices, infrastructure, and airwaves. It’s always good to get that look,” the network administrator said.