When choosing a wireless network, I see APS Wireless Network and APS Secure Wireless LAN. What's the difference and which one should I use?



The APS Wireless Network is more of a "Public" network. You will not have access to printers, network drives, applications etc.. Only Internet access. This wifi network is "open" and doesn't require a login / password for basic Internet access. It is "filtered" for content to meet CIPA and local restrictions, so not "everything" is available.

The APS Secure Wireless LAN is a bit different in that it is more intended for District owned equipment.  This network uses WPA2-PSK security (it requires a super-duper-top-secret-password), however, once you are attached, you will have the ability to login to your respective server, and access printers, file shares, your home directory,  and all sorts of other network goodness.

Why the difference? Resources and security. APS Secure Wireless LAN provides full access to our internal network using our native network addresses, it is like sitting at one of our workstations. APS Wireless Network is more isolated from the inner workings of our network, uses different network addresses and is set to operate at a speed (per user) similar to a good fast home broadband. There are also a few *extra* restrictions on its use of the Internet over and above the required CIPA regulations, but, most, if not all users, will find it meets or exceeds all of their needs.


I am a member of the APS staff and can use the APS Secure Wireless LAN. Should I not use APS Wireless Network?

The APS Wireless Network is fine for the most part. You will be able to reach the Internet, and most Web sites. If you find the APS Wireless Network quick and easy to use and it meets your needs, feel free.

Using the APS Secure Wireless LAN, is pretty much reserved for District owned equipment, and allows access to restricted resource (servers, printers, etc...).


I'm looking for information on a "Guest Account".

There is no "Guest" account. Attach to the APS Wireless Network and you should be good-to-go.


What technical information can you tell me about the APS WiFi network?

Our WiFi network is a combination of ethernet-tied and, where needed, meshed radios that operate on the 802.11a/n/ac - b/g/n standards. All AP's are dual-radio models that can serve g and n speeds without conflict or back-haul traffic when meshed without impacting end-user speed.

All logins (if required) are tied back to an Active Directory LDAP server.

We have recently (late 2016) upgraded our entire wifi infrastructure with Ruckus R500 AP's going back to a ZD3025 controller. It is wicked fast, and our coverage is pretty much....awesome.

Currently we have over 170 Access Points deployed, and have over 1,200 devices connected during the normal school day.