3Com hits back at U.K. school Wi-Fi skeptics

British schools are wasting money on wireless networks that don't work properly, claimed 3Com and specialist reseller 802UK. The two companies kicked off a fight back against anti-Wi-Fi misinformation, arguing that not only is wireless less harmful than mobile phones, but it can provide major educational benefits. "A lot of money is being spent on the wrong things," said Gary Hudson, 802UK's managing director. "When we host seminars, 80% of schools say yes, we have a wireless network, and no, it doesn't work properly. "It's because the person who put it in doesn't understand wireless -- you have to design for capacity, not coverage. Most people design for coverage, but how many people are using the network, and where are they moving?"

Better network design, including the use of what he called second-generation wireless -- thin access points, managed by a switch -- would make wireless a more effective educational tool and boost its reputation with parents, he added. Hudson slammed the way that the topic of wireless in schools has been sensationalized, in particular by the BBC's Panorama program. "The judgement has to be made by governors and teachers, but even if you turn off the school network, RF [radio frequency radiation] is still there in every street -- there may be ten to fifteen other access points still broadcasting," he said. Public ignorance can only be combatted by education, said Steve Johnson, 3Com's U.K. channel manager, though he admitted that overcoming some of the scaremongers will be difficult.

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bull bull bull****, its wireless radio waves that cause the problems, and all wi-fi waves are the same, so unless they changed them to a completely different wave then its still going to have the same effect, no matter how you look at it

Most people have no clue how to properly design an Wireless APs for large-scale access in situations like schools and businesses. They think it's as simple as setting up a few wireless routers, but that's just the tip of the iceburg. I mean, sure 3Com is trying to sell their services with these seminars, but their services are probably worth it if you want a properly designed WiFi AP.
Really, though: Any computer technician who's CompTIA A+ & N+ certified shouldn't have any trouble following an AP setup plan; It's designing the AP that can be the hard part if you don't understand how to maximize capacity.

They're right. I heard one network admin complain that the network couldn't handle the capacity, despite the fact he had fully blanketed the school with wifi.