03/28/2019
School Setup
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Location
Dublin, Ireland
Description

I've been working with schools for 7 years now, and the one thing I cannot stand is large IT companies ripping them off.

Quotes for in excess of 15 thousand Euros for Wifi deployment.

Unifi made it simple, and affordable.

This was one small school, only 10 Aps, but changed the world for them and the kids.20180824_080138.jpg

 

This was for a larger school, in a much older building. If the walls weren't so thick, 5 would have done it well, but we decided let's future proof, double up, and have room for some small expansion in the future. The TPLinks were one's they had already bought, so might as well use them, but this let us expand quite a bit. They had three comms racks so we'd only have 3-4 going back to each, so the smaller POE switches made sense.

The school loves what they have and were so happy to have a fully functional network

 

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Below was the empty small comms rack, that had never been used, getting ready to be all cabled up. Should have really taken another picture afterwards.20160822_140045.jpg

 

The next project, this is ALL being replaced over April bringing the school up to full gigabit networking, and full of Unifi Goodness!

 

 

20190124_091540.jpg

 

 

School Setup

by on ‎03-28-2019 09:42 AM

I've been working with schools for 7 years now, and the one thing I cannot stand is large IT companies ripping them off.

Quotes for in excess of 15 thousand Euros for Wifi deployment.

Unifi made it simple, and affordable.

This was one small school, only 10 Aps, but changed the world for them and the kids.20180824_080138.jpg

 

This was for a larger school, in a much older building. If the walls weren't so thick, 5 would have done it well, but we decided let's future proof, double up, and have room for some small expansion in the future. The TPLinks were one's they had already bought, so might as well use them, but this let us expand quite a bit. They had three comms racks so we'd only have 3-4 going back to each, so the smaller POE switches made sense.

The school loves what they have and were so happy to have a fully functional network

 

20181108_082842.jpg

 

 

Below was the empty small comms rack, that had never been used, getting ready to be all cabled up. Should have really taken another picture afterwards.20160822_140045.jpg

 

The next project, this is ALL being replaced over April bringing the school up to full gigabit networking, and full of Unifi Goodness!

 

 

20190124_091540.jpg

 

 

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Comments
by
on ‎04-17-2019 04:19 PM

Thanks Edutech.

 

I am new to using Ubiquity products, so I was (actually still disappointed) with the lack of content filtering within the USG.

Aside from getting through the initial setup (no devices listed, no Adopt button, then constantly showing disconnected, etc) but that sorted and done. Took about a day to sort it out. Tip for any noob, focus on getting the USG sorted out (firmware upgrade via ssh) and make sure you have an Internet connection. Then setup of all the other devices gets so much easier, as they too likely need a firmware upgrade. It is a pain when there is no Internet and having to swap things around to research and download firmwares.  

 

As per your suggestions, I'll have to setup VLANs and perhaps use pi-hole (need to purchase, learn and install). Looks like it'll take about another day to complete the setup. Meanwhile, I'll use OpenDNS as a stop gap.

 

by
‎04-17-2019 09:24 PM - edited ‎04-17-2019 09:32 PM

@roman8888 he did mention something about the Junpier router supplied from the ISP and it might have the ability to do "data caps". 

 

Bandwidth limiting will only limit total throughput.

 

If you are looking for data caps ability check out https://www.gargoyle-router.com  (I have not used them but have seen quite a few reviews that is showing success.)

 

Depending on how the students are connecting to the network @Edutech is correct on "data caps" and ability in Unifi. It is under Guest Access and utilizing HotSpot. Then when the voucher is created you can limit the bandwith throughput and data caps. 

by
on ‎04-18-2019 12:24 AM

@roman8888 

 

I  have no intention of answering your questions after you respond like that.

by
on ‎04-18-2019 12:34 AM

@chunte You don't need a Raspberry Pi to run pi-hole on. Spin up a basic One core/1gb ram/10gb VM and put ubuntu server on it. Then you can install pi-hole on that.

I believe that if you go under DPI you are able to do some basic "catagory" restrictions. I've personally never tinkered with it.

OpenDNS is another good option. Bad part about most DNS solutions is they can be easily bypassed at the client side.

by
‎04-18-2019 12:36 AM - edited ‎04-18-2019 12:38 AM

@Edutech have any updated porn? I mean hardware pictures?Ubnt Banana

 

Oh and here is a random for you. I had my CloudKey powered via usb and it died after about 3 years. Plugged it into POE and boom it started working. Just a heads up if you ever have a cloudkey quit working on you.

by
on ‎04-18-2019 12:38 AM

@demonmaestro There is a full build happening next week. I'll grab a load of pictures, 

 

But for some pictures of  what is going into a school, here's a sneak peak. 20190416_153518.jpg

by
‎04-18-2019 12:46 AM - edited ‎04-18-2019 12:47 AM

@Edutech i'm kinda supprised not to see a US‑16‑XG up in there to at least connect the switches and or servers?

I see you upgraded the USG.

 

Side note: This here Instant 802.3AF to USB adaptor is a fun thing to have around. Or a couple.

 

Looks good though. Can't wait to see it all mounted!

by
on ‎04-18-2019 01:45 AM

I want to ask question. 

I am using UVP phones with FreePBX software. 

Can the unifi key controller serve the same purpose as the FreePBX?

 

I m not comfortable using PC and FreePBX software. I just neet something much better.

by
on ‎04-18-2019 01:52 AM

@demonmaestro Budget restrictions, had to make some compromises somewhere. Oh to have unlimited budget for the schools, but you do the best you can with what you have, and I still feel Unifi gives the best bang for buck.

 

@avong I do not have much experience with PBX and the Unifi phones so I cannot answer I'm afraid.

by
on ‎04-18-2019 03:01 AM

Good on you to give back to the education community!  Even though they're not the money makers,  it is rewarding nonetheless. 

 

Sure 10G would be nice however in environments such as schools, most of the traffic would go to the interwebs anyway.

Anyway those 48 ports do have 10G and putting a DAC on it could provide some relief if necessary.