During Term 2, the school upgraded the old broadband connection from a 10Mb/s to what is now a 150MB link. This involved civil works and the installation of new hardware in the server room. The internet connection is configured according to the Department of Education & Skills / HEAnet's safe and secure usage guidelines for primary school.
Network Infrastructure Upgrade
Saint Patrick’s National school was recently awarded a 'School’s IT Grant'. The school intends to spend a portion of this grant to upgrade some of the local area network hardware within the schools walls. This will involve the installation of additional firewalls and gateways, as well as the replacement of the aged network switches and wireless access points. Also included is a new 'battery backup' system (UPS) to protect the newly purchased infrastructure from any power-related problems. The upgrade brings numerous benefits including added performance, the deployment of multiple portioned networks (eg staff, student, guest) and enhanced monitoring capabilities.
These upgrades bring significant performance improvements, including stability and accessibility for both staff and students where old access points and network switches are currently limiting. A key advantage is enhanced security. Security enhancements are not only enabled at a fundamental level where internal school networks are portioned, but also because of added functionality where all content can be monitored and logged.
The school network upgrade is a key step to both modernise and future-proof the IT system. It is envisaged that the new IT platform will facilitate lots of exciting projects in the years to come.