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Werner-von-Siemens-Gymnasium Magdeburg

Werner-von-Siemens-Gymnasium Magdeburg

Highlights

  • Technology-focused school for grades 5-12 in Magdeburg, Germany
  • Built-in security features on Meraki APs ensure online safety required for education
  • Reliable network allows completion of coursework using digital resources

A school with a specialized focus on mathematics, sciences, and technology for grades 5-12, Werner-von-Siemens-Gymnasium in Magdeburg, Germany provides an in-depth curriculum with a heavy reliance on Internet connectivity. Teachers encourage students to develop their technical skills by earning specialist certificates and taking on roles in programming, managing the school’s network, and web design.


Original Network Challenges

  • Lacked a simple-to-use, unified wireless platform that could interoperate with the existing Cisco LAN infrastructure
  • Required a platform that could be managed and monitored easily, while also seamlessly supporting high-density BYOD
Meraki is much easier to configure and set up. The intuitive management, visibility, and security are some of the best featuresMartin Wesch, Informatik-Lehrer

Why Cisco Meraki

  • Centralized dashboard allows network admins and students-in-training to easily manage and oversee the distributed wireless infrastructure
  • Dedicated security radio built into each AP provides 24x7 WIPS and full-time security protection from network vulnerabilities
  • Granular visibility built into the dashboard management platform provides simple monitoring of clients, devices, applications, and overall network usage
  • Seamless roaming between APs allows students and teachers mobility through more than 50 classrooms


The Deployment

  • Deployed Meraki MR18 APs throughout three floors in the school
  • Required fewer APs with the Meraki solution due to the increased coverage when compared to the previous solution
  • Divided the network into four SSIDs, requiring custom authentication for student and teacher access
  • Configured security features, including Air Marshal, Layer 7 firewall and traffic shaping rules, and access control policies, to ensure the security needed for education


Results

  • Teachers and students are now able to connect to the wireless network from anywhere in the school using their BYOD or school-issued devices
  • Coursework relying on digital resources is now easily completed with students connecting reliably to the wireless
  • Alerts and live troubleshooting tools in the Cisco Meraki dashboard enable admins to proactively monitor the network
  • Automatic firmware updates permit the team to utilize features from the latest wireless release and even benefit from all future updates
  • The versatility in configuration options built into the dashboard has made the IT team excited about fine-tuning the network as their needs evolve