In 2015 the non-profit EducationSuperHighway calculated the minimum bandwidth speed requirement per student was 100 Kbps. In 2018 it is expected to be 1 Mbps. For more data-heavy platforms like Khan Academy, the recommendation is 1.5 Mbps or more.
According to a recent FCC report, 80 percent of school districts report inadequate broadband connections.
How’s your bandwidth treating you? (If you’re not sure where you land, or what you might need, check out this helpful “Network Essentials for Superintendents”.)
YouTube channels, TED Talks, iTunes University, countless educational apps (and their frequent updates), increasing cloud-based applications, not to mention social media groups for specific classroom projects, and day-to-day communications… They are all fighting for limited bandwidth on ever tightening budgets.
We’ve come a long, long way since the Oregon Trail.
On the one hand, this is an awesome problem to have – what student wouldn’t love being issued an iPad on day one? (I was happy just to have a Trapper Keeper.) On the other hand, it’s still a problem. And like everything else the internet has touched it seems to be a problem that grows so fast we can barely keep up with it. But that doesn’t have to be the case.
Enter Peplink MediaFast routers. Specifically designed with educational institutions in mind, they address the most common bandwidth issues of schools large and small. For example:
If you’re exploring SD-WAN solutions for your school, or just looking for a way to save dramatically on ISP costs, we recommend giving Peplink MediaFast routers a closer look. For more detailed information, download the overview and spec sheet here, or shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Whether your campus has 50 students or 50,000, elementary education or higher learning, we’ve worked with schools coast-to-coast and can tailor a solution that fits your budget today, while setting things up to scale effortlessly tomorrow.
And if you played the Oregon Trail like I did (more interesting in hunting buffalo than learning valuable life lessons) you owe it to yourself to check out what lessons you might have missed.
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