For most schools, getting online is the first step in a comprehensive e-learning plan.
Your goal on day one may simply be to improve your students’ familiarity with the online tools used in the modern workplace, perhaps as part of ICT lessons. But further down the line, you will want to take advantage of more e-learning techniques, online lesson management and student performance testing tools.
Whatever your ultimate goal, your classroom connection needs are likely to grow faster than the typical 5 year lifecycle of an appliance.
ApplianSys has been well placed to learn how schools and learning environments evolve over time and has designed EDUGATEBOX to offer a carefully considered upgrade path as a school’s requirement grows.
Available in two models that cater to different traffic levels, upgrading to the larger appliance couldn’t be easier. Your EDUGATEBOX configuration is stored on a CF card so it’s a very simple task to eject it from your old appliance and insert it into the new one.
Future-proof modular design
As your needs continue to grow, ‘dedicated’ functionality may become preferable to multi-function. However, EDUGATEBOX will be ready to support you. Its multiple services can simply be switched on and off independently. So, if you outgrow one particular function, you won’t need to replace them all. EDUGATEBOX even incorporates simple tools to help you connect your new dedicated appliances, as and when you need them.
Add caching capacity
As you increase your use of online content in class, you’ll typically find that internet speed, as well rising bandwidth demand, becomes the key challenge. EDUGATEBOX features simple caching which stores and serves web content from within the LAN, improving classroom access speed dramatically.
As your school connects more than 150 user devices or starts to deal with more than 50Mbs of traffic, additional capacity and capability is readily available. Deploying a feature-rich, dedicated CACHEBOX will provide the greater storage capacity and increased processing power needed to keep your e-learning programmes fully optimised.