Wlan Implementation Case Study

Abstract

Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) offer flexibility, mobility, and scalability to educational institutions. Students are increasingly expecting anywhere, anytime access to online resources. Secondary school administrators, who serve a similar population as the National Job Corps Program (NJCP), realize that student success in the 21st century workplace depends upon the student's ability to use new and emerging technologies, including wireless technology. Computer access anytime and anywhere is crucial to the success of students today.

Wireless technology has been broadly deployed at educational institutions, such as the Hartford Job Corps Academy (HJCA), but little is known about how these networks are deployed and used, specifically at a Job Corps center. HJCA deployed a WLAN in 2005. Information about the core aspects of the design and implementation of anytime, anywhere initiatives, such as wireless solutions in education, is needed to complement the current research. The NJCP does not have a model for standardizing, organizing, and maintaining wireless networks.

The goal of this investigation was to develop a model for planning, designing, and implementing a wireless solution for the Job Corps system. The case study findings from the investigation and the systems development life cycle (SDLC) provided the framework for structuring WLANs at other Job Corps centers. This framework also facilitated the investigation and a determination of the significance of the case study findings, and the analysis and development of the WLAN implementation model for the NJCP. The findings of the HJCA investigation from multiple sources are presented. Using the SDLC framework and the findings from the case study, the NJCP WLAN implementation model is presented. The NJCP WLAN implementation model may be used to facilitate the deployment of WLANs at government-operated, education and training facilities, such as the NJCP.

NSUWorks Citation

Tracey Kershner Cooley. 2009. Design, Development, and Implementation of a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN): The Hartford Job Corps Academy Case Study. Doctoral dissertation. Nova Southeastern University. Retrieved from NSUWorks, Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences. (125)
http://nsuworks.nova.edu/gscis_etd/125.

Wireless local area network (WLAN) is defined as a wireless computer network that links two or more devices using a wireless distribution method. Using a WLAN allows device users to move around within the local coverage area. A typical wireless LAN is comprised of multiple components including a router/ modem, switch/ hub, wireless access points and wireless capable devices such as laptops, tablets or mobile computers. The amount of infrastructure needed will vary depending on the square footage of the facility needing coverage.

Supply chain operations, now more than ever, require wireless networks due to the mobile nature of the workforce. Staff on the move need to communicate, share data and efficiently complete daily tasks. The use of WLANs help to provide seamless connectivity that is critical to the success of warehouse staff. Top tier technology manufacturers such as Zebra Technologies provide industry leading WLAN technologies for facilities spanning up to one million square feet. Let’s explore some of the benefits solutions like theirs can provide.

Functionally robust wireless local area networks can help supply chain operations to improve asset tracking capabilities and reduce order fulfillment periods. Paired with mobile technologies warehouse operators may also increase inventory data accuracy through automated inventory cycle counts. Supply chain businesses can also benefit from WLAN infrastructure flexibility that they otherwise would not receive with wired internet connection. Through voice-over LANs staff with also benefit from improved communication capabilities. These among many others are just a few of the reasons to consider refreshing WLAN technology.

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