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Bowdoin College solves network problems highlighted by smartphone app

Organizations that have large volumes of wireless internet usage are vulnerable to slow connection speeds and frequent periods of downtime.

When a smartphone application became all the rage at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, the school's network got bogged down by the approximately 1,800 students that were wirelessly sending large files to each other and 100,000 other users of the app worldwide, according to Computerworld. The musical app, Ocarina, allows users to create songs as though their phone were an instrument. The songs can then be shared wirelessly and broadcasted in real-time.

Bowdoin CIO Mitch Davis added that one of the more popular bandwidth hogs at the school other than the Ocarina app is the increased use of video conferencing, explaining that students use it all the time even when they are walking around campus.

So when Bowdoin students went away for their winter breaks, Davis initiated a more than $1 million investment into a new campus Wi-Fi network. 

"We can manage the network with much more fluidity than in the past," Davis told the source. "Before, we were more reactive and now we're going to be more active about who is online and adding apps and seeing an area of the network needing more [bandwidth]."

Schools and businesses use wireless internet networks every day. As the size of data that needs to be transferred over these networks continues to grow, older routing systems with insufficient access points and power can slow or stop completely.

The expert consultants at Subsidium Technology can work with organizations that are looking into improving their Wi-Fi connection, and conduct a design and risk assessment of the legacy network. These professionals will help decision makers find the Wi-Fi solution that fits a specific company's needs.