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Save bandwidth and speed up classroom content with caching

Without Caching

When your teachers direct a class of students to online educational content (usually at the start of a lesson), each student downloads a copy of the content to their device at the same time. This traffic can consume most or, very often, all available bandwidth and cause congestion that makes your 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. Without sufficient bandwidth your 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 store:

  • 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 of your 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 lowering bandwidth requirements. By serving all duplicate content requests from cache storage, students receive the content locally, removing their requests from your internet connection completely.

With the resulting free bandwidth capacity, you can make more use of student devices with extra e-Learning schemes, or enjoy faster general web access, or simply choose to cut your monthly bandwidth bills.

With the cached content being served directly via the LAN, your students will enjoy access often 10 times quicker than internet download speeds.

Special features for schools

In addition to high performance caching, EDUGATEBOX is packed with additional features designed to help you get more from your internet connection:

Pre-caching: Normally a web page or object needs to be requested before EDUGATEBOX can store a copy. With ‘pre-caching’ you can download content before it is requested. That web content central to your lesson plans will thus be ready for use – no valuable lesson time need be wasted.

Pre-caching also lets you take advantage of your internet connection during quiet or off-peak periods, such as when the school is closed or even overnight. You can schedule EDUGATEBOX to visit a URL at a specific time and cache its content, ready for serving locally exactly when it will be needed.

Storage monitoring: EDUGATEBOX’s caching function maximises your bandwidth savings by ensuring that there is always storage capacity for the most popular content. It does this by regularly checking for content that is no longer requested over time and removing it from storage.

Protected priority content: When content is considered critical regardless of whether or not it has been recently requested – for example, a particularly large video needed just once per term – it can be fully protected. This is very useful with large files where it can be inconvenient or, with expensive bandwidth, simply too costly to download again.

Static video store: Videos that are stored as protected content can be grouped by teachers and displayed on a page at a URL that you define. You can thus create the equivalent of a ‘YouTube Channel’ for different topics and, as they will not be fetched from the internet, they will always be available at high speed, without using any bandwidth.


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