the Access Point Blog

Teach the Children—Well

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young had a hit way back when, telling parents and children to teach each other well. And the importance of learning, sharing and teaching continues to this day.

Technology is making huge impacts on every aspect of our lives, at all ages. Toddlers can operate smartphones…tweens tweet…adults are immersed in technology and connectivity from home to work and back again.…

Posted in Education

School’s Out for Summer—Now the Work Really Starts

Summer is finally here, and students and teachers everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief. After a long year of collaborating, learning and growing, everyone is ready for a break, a vacation and sleeping in. But for school administrators and IT departments, the unsung heroes of K-12 education, the real work is just beginning.

Summer time is prime time to implement ed tech projects, so IT departments are busy planning and implementing new solutions to help improve the learning experience.…

Posted in Education

How Will Your Connected Coffee Machine Impact Your Network?

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“Did someone put on a fresh pot of coffee? “  – Sally

“Let me check…” – Bob

“No.” – as Bob checks his phone quickly.

While our machines like our coffee pots may not be able to spontaneously generate coffee without some human intervention – last time I checked, my 3D printer could not materialize organic matter – there should be no reason why any of us needs to go down the hall to check if there is a fresh pot of coffee.…

Posted in Industry Insights

Connecting 5K+ Gamers with Uninterrupted Wi-Fi

More than 5,000 attendees. Ten-thousand devices. Two- to three-thousand simultaneous connections each day. There’s no doubt about it; that’s some serious demand for a high-speed Wi-Fi network. Sound like a college residence hall or university center on busy days? It’s not unlike that.

Welcome to The Gathering, one of the largest gaming and programming events in the world, held in Norway each year.…

Posted in Partners & Customers

IT: It’s a Product Not a Department


Two influential IT conferences recently concluded – Internet of Things World in San Francisco and Interop 2015 in Las Vegas. A few messages come out loud and clear. IT is no longer just a department. IT is part of the product. More on this takeaway later.

For the Internet of Things World event, discussions mainly focused on the numerous connected devices that are coming onto the already congested networks.…

Posted in Industry Insights

HackIllinois Spurs SDN Innovation

Hack Illinois

Attracted by the chance to compete to create cool things with new technologies, more than 900 students from colleges across the country gathered last weekend at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for HackIllinois. With breathtaking innovation, student teams cooked up a bounty of solutions, ranging from mobile apps to websites to Wi-Fi connected devices.

Many of the students were drawn to projects related to software-defined networking (SDN), with its new approach to designing, building, and managing networks.…

Posted in Education, Industry Insights, Partners & Customers