Gift enables wireless access for Streetsboro schools

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The Streetsboro City Schools have wireless Internet access, thanks to an anonymous gift to the district worth about $300,000, said Technology Director Steve Cain.

The gift was eight Cisco 4510R enterprise-level network switches, he said. Although the district was planning to go wireless soon, anyway, Cain said the gift has allowed the district for less money.

The switches enable Internet data to flow through the district's network."The best example I can use is that it directs traffic," he said. "Whenever you plug (an ethernet cable) into wall, somewhere on the other side of that wall is a network switch."

The district does own some network switches, but they are inferior to the donated ones.

"The difference between them, I can put into car terms: One's a Yugo; one's a Ferrari. The new switches are much faster. The switching speed on them is just remarkable compared to the ones we were using."

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