The PowerConnect W-Series Validated Reference Designs (VRDs) are guides that are used to creating designs, proposals, and deployments that are similar in nature to the concepts covered in the VRD. 

PowerConnect W Campus Wireless Networks validated reference design 

This guide covers the deployment of Dell WLAN in a typical campus network, and it is considered part of the base designs guides within the VRD core technologies series. This guide covers the design recommendations for a campus deployment and it explains the various configurations needed to implement the Dell secure, high-performance,multimedia grade WLAN solution in large campuses.

This guide describes these specific topics:

  • recommended campus network design
  • configuration of redundancy in campus deployments
  • configuration of AP groups for client access and air monitors
  • configuration of spectrum monitors (SMs)
  • configuration of Layer 3 mobility
  • configuration of control plane security (CPsec)

PowerConnect W Series 802 11n validated reference design

This guide covers indoor 802.11n WLANs and is considered part of the foundation guides within the VRD core technologies series.

This guide describes these general topics:

  • 802.11n
  • High-level differences in 802.11n vs. 802.11a/b/g functionality
  • Dell-specific technologies and access points (APs) that make 802.11n-based WLANs a viable replacement for wired Ethernet in the majority of deployments
  • Understanding 802.11n WLANs
  • Adaptive Radio Management™ (ARM™)
  • Spectrum analysis
  • RFProtect®
  • QoS and WMM
  • Understanding wireless encryption and authentication
  • Understanding virtual APs
  • Indoor APs and antenna options

PowerConnect W series Basic Topology

This guide shows a basic campus topology for WLAN deployment.   Network parameters and discussions of each network layer are provided.

PowerConnect W Series Mobility Controllers validated reference design

This guide covers Dell Mobility Controllers and is considered part of the foundation guides within the VRD core technologies series. This guide will help you understand the capabilities and options you have when deploying a Dell Mobility Controller. Other guides in the series will build specific deployments using the information in this guide. 

This guide describes these general topics:

  • Operating modes for the mobility controller
  • Licensing
  • Forwarding modes
  • Logical and physical deployment
  • Redundancy
  • How to select the appropriate mobility controller based on scalability requirements

Best practices for WiFi in K–12 schools

As school districts increase technology access for students and staff, whether through school provided devices, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs, or a hybrid approach, they must ensure the district wireless LANs (WLANs) can deliver the reliability, performance and security needed to keep learning time productive.
This best-practices guide explores the top 10 considerations when choosing a WLAN to support digital learning initiatives and provides assistance in selecting a WLAN architecture.

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