When a teacher directs a class of students to online educational content (usually at the start of a lesson), each student downloads an individual copy of the content to their device and this all happens at the same time. This duplicate traffic can consume most or, very often, all available bandwidth. This congestion makes the internet slow.
In addition, software updates for all school devices download at set times during the day, and all at once, often causing worse congestion due to their large file sizes, slowing the internet even further.
With smart caching
When a student or teacher first downloads content, a local copy is stored on the cache. All further requests for the same content can then be served instantly from the cache at LAN speeds.
Nothing is re-downloaded, meaning no bandwidth is used. This not only drastically saves time it lowers bandwidth costs.
Software updates for all devices can also be cached, so networks won’t be hit by huge amounts of simultaneously downloading content during the day. Instead, software updates are served from the cache to all devices at LAN speeds.
Special features for schools
In addition to high performance caching, EDUGATEBOX is packed with additional features designed to help schools get more from their internet connection.
Pre-caching: Teachers can download web content ahead of any need during quiet off-peak times, day or night, to make sure valuable lesson time doesn’t get wasted.
Protected priority content: EDUGATEBOX’s self-manages storage capacity by regularly checking for no longer requested content. This can be cleaned automatically or protected from deletion where the content is important, or where expensive bandwidth would simply make it too costly to download again.
Static video store: Stored videos can be grouped and displayed on URLs set by authorities or schools. Similar to a local ‘YouTube Channel’ – but always available at high speed, and without using any bandwidth.