Smithfield Public School - Project Spotlights from Envision Technology Advisors

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Project Spotlights

Smithfield Public School

Envision Technology Advisors began working with the Smithfield School District in early 2014, as part of The Rhode Island Department of Education’s “Wireless Classroom Initiative.” This was a district-wide project to create a centrally-managed, enterprise-grade wireless network that will accommodate every attending student and staff member in Smithfield schools.

At the start of this project, the existing wireless in Smithfield schools was inconsistent and powered by a number of off-the-shelf WiFi access points that were not able to be centrally-managed. Envision came up with a plan to install enterprise-grade wireless in all 6 schools in the district, including:

  • Smithfield High School
  • Vincent J. Gallagher Middle School
  • William Winsor Elementary School
  • Raymond C. LaPerche Elementary School
  • Anna M. McCabe Elementary School
  • Old County Road Elementary School


Smithfield School’s unified wireless network included 222 Aruba Instant Access Points (IAPs), including 209 of the Model 105 and 13 Model 135.

Power over Ethernet was provided by Extreme Networks Summit family of switches (x440 and x460). Additionally, an Aruba Networks Airwave Management Platform server was deployed to provide the district with a more granular level of detail on client’s usage and location, as well as active, real-time monitoring of IAPs across their entire district (as opposed to needing to login to individual school’s controllers to monitor those IAPs).

From start to finish, the entire project took just under 6 months to complete.