Networking/ Wireless Networks

This section covers information and advice on 'Networking/ Wireless Networks'. If you have a specific query please email these to ictadvice@pdst.ie.

 

Wireless Networking Procurement Framework:
As of May 2016, a new ‘Wireless Networking and Associated Services’ procurement framework has been put in place for all schools and educational institutions. A guide to using this multi-supplier framework is provided below, on how it can be used by schools and other educational institutions to procure fit-for-purpose wireless (ie., wifi) solutions. The framework was created to assist in specifying, selecting and purchasing suitable wireless solutions to meet their needs, and in doing so to achieve good value for money. The target audience includes school authorities, school principals, ETBs, and those involved in the planning, provision and support of wifi in schools. Following an open competitive RFT tender process, issued on etenders in Sept’ 2015, wireless solutions from 7 suppliers have been qualified onto the framework. Supplier details along with how to seek tender responses from these 7 suppliers are included in the guide. The document is available here: Guide to Wireless Procurement Framework (May2016).docx (size 167.3 KB)

In addition, for Post Primary schools involved in new build or refurbishment programmes a new ‘Guidance Document for the Provision of Wireless Network Installations in Post Primary Schools’ has been put in place. This document will assist schools and other parties in working with their school builders and architects, in helping to understand the new wifi-enabled building specification, and in how it has evolved to support mobile learning and wifi in schools. The document is available here: Wi-Fi Guidance Document in Post Primary Schools (May 2016).pdf (size 4.9 MB)

For Primary or Special schools involved in new builds or refurbishments a new ‘Guidance Document for the Provision of Wireless Network Installations in Primary Schools’ is available. This document will assist schools and other parties in working with their school builders and architects, in helping to understand the new wifi-enabled building specification, and in how it has evolved to support mobile learning and wifi in schools. The document is available here: WifI Guidance Document in Primary Schools (Jan2017).pdf (size 4.7 MB)