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Four for One

Asus routerWhy settle for single mode WiFi speed when you can now go four-way with the Asus RT-AC87 router. It runs on both 2.4- and 5GHz bands, works with WiFi clients old and new, has four gigabit wired Ethernet ports as well as four antennas for grabbing the strongest signals. With the right 802.11ac clients, it can push as much as 1.7gigabits of data per second to a room full of students. It includes the ability to lock out off-limits sites as well as protect against a virus attack. It costs $270.

Connecting the School

DAP-2660_A1_Image-L(Side)The latest in school networking is D-Link’s DAP 2660, a WiFi access point that can not only use the latest 802.11ac format for top bandwidth, but blends in with the background, looking more likea  fire alarm. The $230 device works in both the 2.4- and 5GHz bands, can be wall mounted and powered by either an AC adapter or its Ethernet cable. There aren’t any protruding antennas to get in the way and it’s covered by a lifetime warranty.

 

ISTE UPDATE: Internet Answers

Internet connecviity monitorWhen there’s a problem with the classroom’s Web connection, it’s often hit or miss to figure out where the fault lies. Is it the Internet connection, the school’s LAN, the online service or general congestion on the Web. The Internet Connectivity Monitor is a small and simple program that periodically reaches out and tries to connect to an online resource and reports the results. You can try two different Web pages at the same time, set how frequently you want to do check on the Web as well as keep a log of connections and misconnections. The best part is that if there’s a problem, the program shows it in red, right in the middle of the screen.

ISTE UPDATE: The School LAN

Student manager aerohiveMost administrators and IT types are perfectly content to get generic equipment to fill out their school’s network, but Aerohive Networks can simplify a WiFi set up with their school-centric apps and controller-less design that puts the emphasis on centralized management of the LAN’s components. The company’s StudentManager app lets staff monitor the wireless network’s activity and performance, while the TeacherView program lets teachers monitor what students are doing online.

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