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This section covers advice on networking and wifi. If schools need advice in this area, please email us at ictadvice@pdst.ie.

Networking and Wifi
To an increasing extent over the past number of years the school network, including wifi network, has become a critical element of schools ICT Infrastructure. Within a school the network connects the various ICT elements such as computing devices, fixed network and wifi network and other ICT elements throughout the school. It also connects the school network to the internet via the schools broadband connection.

When schools are seeking to purchase a new wifi system or upgrade their existing system they need to purchase a system that is fit-for-purpose for their school situation. Schools generally have a higher number and density of wifi devices compared to other situations, and need to purchase systems which can meet the demanding needs of education today.

Wireless Technical and Purchasing Considerations: The Wireless purchasing framework which had been in place for 4 years, and which many schools and ETBs successfully used to procure wifi has recently expired. If you are considering purchasing and installing suitable wifi in your school and are seeking objective advice, including technical advice, please email us at ictadvice@pdst.ie

Wireless Technical Guidance for Schools

Post Primary Schools

For Post Primary schools involved in new build or refurbishment programmes the ‘Guidance Document for the Provision of Wireless Network Installations in Post Primary Schools’ will assist schools in working with their school builders in helping to understand the wifi-enabled building specification. The guideline is available here:

Primary Schools

For Primary or Special schools involved in new builds or refurbishments the ‘Guidance Document for the Provision of Wireless Network Installations in Primary Schools’ will assist schools in working with their school builders, in helping to understand the new wifi-enabled building specification. The document is available here:

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