Recently, the Internet capabilities have been upgraded to provide for the growing amount of technological devices entering the building each.
New wifi access points have been put up on all three levels of the high school and in the auditorium. There has been an upgrade in the routers due to a lack of access, and modems will be installed in the near future to quicken Internet access, according to high school principal Patricia Puglisi.
Puglisi said these changes are crucial for improving Internet capabilities that students and faculty need access to on a daily basis.
“The building was originally designed for about 30 devices per floor. This only took into account laptop carts because people did not carry cell phones like they are currently. Now, this limit has been expanded, and the ultimate goal is to support three devices per person,” Puglisi said.
Puglisi also said network administrator Stephen Kwiatek is working on a three to five year plan with the technical taskforce to focus on other upgrades and allow people to use more devices in school.
Kwiatek said he has been working in areas throughout the school to find “bottlenecks” that cause slow network traffic and little to no connectivity.
“To fix this problem, we purchased new access points for the high school wing, which can handle four times the amount of connections compared to the originals on each floor. Our next step was to upgrade the Guest Wi-Fi firewall, and this has a faster CPU and more memory to increase the speed of the network,” he said.
A change has been made in website filters as well. According to Kwiatek, the new and upgraded web filtering services have better filtering options in comparison to the old system so as not to hinder classroom lessons.
“Based on all of these upgrades, there should be a significant increase in the performance of the network. Adjustments will be made periodically to keep up with technological change, so expect other upgrades to be completed soon,” Kwiatek said.