Networking & Wireless
Tiny District Deploys Gigabit Speed Network
Kahlotus School District in
southeast Washington state, with just over 50 students in gradesK-12 and 18 employees across four buildings, has upgraded its network to
gigabit speeds in preparation for its digital learning initiatives.
The district's previous network infrastructure supported only 10/100 speeds
(10 and 100 megabits per second) on 16-year-old wiring infrastructure, and the
district had never owned any Ethernet switches. "Upgrading all of our
networking technology to modern-day standards was our number one priority,"
said Glenn Whitcomb, technology director, who supports Kahlotus and two other
The district considered bids from multiple providers before selecting
D-Link's DGS-3120 switch series, which supports physical stacking, multicast
and enhanced security. "One of the biggest reasons we opted to go with D-Link
was the company's willingness to help a small district like ours get to the
level we needed to be at," said Whitcomb in a prepared statement. "This is not
a district with deep pockets."
The district initially installed two DGS-3120-48TC xStack
Managed 48-Port Gigabit Stackable L2+ Switches on a trial basis and then
installed two more units before the trial was over. The district can now
support gigabit speeds at every desktop, and Whitcomb can monitor and
troubleshoot the switches remotely from his office 60 miles away from the
"We now have the ability to place PoE devices where we need to, can deliver
content wirelessly and if we want to do density coverage, we can put drops in
every room," said Whitcomb.
The district will use its upgraded network to support digital learning
initiatives, and in the future the district plans to add IP surveillance
security cameras, which will require traffic to be streamed on separate
Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].