Recommendations for Testing in Gymnasium Areas-Spring 2018

Updated 1/23/18

General Guidelines:

  • Turn OFF ALL non-testing devices and leave them in the classroom
  • Spread tables out evenly, but not too close to the walls
  • Spread students/devices out evenly
  • Raise basketball goals up and out of the way
  • Ensure there are no obstructions to wireless access points (ie. volleyball net poles)
  • 200 devices in large gyms and/or 100 devices in small gyms maximum
  • Turn WiFi off then on again only if a device has trouble connecting

 

FAQs:

What to do with devices NOT being used for testing?  

Please make sure that ALL wireless devices not being used for testing are TURNED OFF (at least WiFi turned off) and left in another area of the school.  This will ensure that we’re best serving the testing devices, minimizing bandwidth usage by other devices.

Given the physical characteristics of the gyms and placement of the access points (APs), where should we place the students?

The APs were placed to provide even coverage across the main gym floors. Spread the kids out evenly throughout the coverage area. Evenly-Spaced Rows would be optimal. Avoid user clusters or concentrations, especially in corners.  Ideally, student placement would be similar to the attached picture.

Should we have students turn devices off before coming to the gym or once they get in the gym?

Devices should NOT be turned off and back on in mass. Students with any question of connectivity can simply turn their wireless off then back on in small groups if necessary.

Can DTS do anything with the access points to limit connections to only testing devices or assign devices to a certain access point?

Unfortunately no. We cannot control to which AP a device will connect to.

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