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 that makes the internet slow.
In addition, software updates for all school devices download at set times during the day, also all at once, often causing worse congestion due to their large file sizes, slowing the internet even further. If bandwidth becomes congested students will not be able to access educational content on their devices.
With Smart Caching
When a student requests content from the internet, the request is intercepted by EDUGATEBOX and checked against the contents of its cache storage:
If EDUGATEBOX finds the content, it will send it back to the student. This happens at the lightning speed of the LAN – saving time, and without using any bandwidth.
- If EDUGATEBOX can’t find the content, it will forward the request on to the internet. While the content is downloaded for the student, EDUGATEBOX will save a copy in its cache store, ready for further requests.
Where bandwidth is limited or expensive, caching is very effective in dramatically lowering bandwidth requirements. By serving all duplicate content requests from cache storage, students receive the content locally, removing their requests from the internet connection completely.
With the resulting free bandwidth capacity authorities can make more use of student devices with additional e-Learning schemes, or provide faster general web access, or simply choose to cut monthly bandwidth bills.
With the cached content being served directly via the LAN, students will enjoy access often 10 times quicker than internet download speeds.
Specialised 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: