Small School Network Security and Wireless Internet

While a tremendous number of options exist for school security, wireless networking and content filtering, there are very few that seem to be well-suited for a Seventh-day Adventist Small School environment. This is where Meraki (now owned by Cisco) really seems to stand out. They have a line of “branch office” appliances that are worth considering for any small school looking for a security appliance, content filtering, wireless internet and high-speed switching all in one package. In fact, at less than $1,000 on CDW, the Meraki MX68W is really worth considering. Other similar even less-expensive models are options as well, and can be viewed on Meraki’s website here. After having used Meraki wireless access points for the last six years, I can’t say enough about them. While Meraki, like other cloud-based solutions, does charge an annual licensing fee per hardware appliance/wireless access point that you utilize, it is well worth it in my opinion as their products are incredibly reliable and simple to manage. For larger Adventist school settings, Meraki’s hardware and software options are also hard to beat for their reliability and simplicity of deployment and management.