Managed Wi-Fi, also known as Managed Internal Broadband Service (MIBS) in the E-rate program, is a turnkey service that requires much less technical knowledge and effort on your part to implement. Instead of trying to figure out what network equipment you need and how to buy it (and subsequently operating and maintaining the network), you just pay a vendor known as a Managed Service Provider (MSP) to do this. Another way of thinking about it is the same way you think about any other utility such as electricity or Internet service. When your power goes out, you notify the power company and they fix it. It’s not up to you to troubleshoot and repair any electrical equipment. Managed Wi-Fi works the same way. You don’t have to design, troubleshoot, or repair any network equipment. All you have to do is tell a vendor what you need the network to do, notify them something isn’t working, and they handle the rest.
This service is a good option for:
- Districts with no dedicated technology staff
- Districts who already pay an external vendor for technology support.
In this scenario, you are essentially already implementing Managed Wi-Fi services!
- Districts with limited technology staff but no dedicated network engineers.
Existing staff in this scenario would be free to focus 100% of their time on areas such as device and application support.