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School banning use of iPads

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Jan 19, 2012 10:20 AM

We just purchased several iPads and are using them in our school. We were just told that the iPads Re taking up a significant amount of our bandwidth and that is threatening our networks ability to run online testing. So the district is collecting all the iPads until they have a solution to the problem. They told us thAt like all apple products the iPad does not allow them to control the kind/amount of bandwidth they use. Is there anything we can do about this?

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  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,950 points)
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    Jan 19, 2012 10:21 AM (in response to Tenfield)

    No.

  • smonroe Calculating status...
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    Jan 26, 2012 4:53 PM (in response to Tenfield)

    I'm deploying a lot of iPads in a school setting. Traffic shaping should be occurring at a network level, not a device level. I suppose that if they are allocating varying limits of bandwidth to different classes of users, and the iPads are not authenticating to a directory structure (like Active Directory -which can be accomplished with Radius wifi authentication), they are unable to determine the user type. Even so, if they don't know the device user, they should be able to default them to the lowest bandwidth category. Same goes for filtering. If we can't determine who is at a device, it defaults to the most restrictive student content filter. Additionally, I would be very surprised if an iPad could use even half the network bandwidth that an average laptop consumes. Your school IT system may be tied to a legacy traffic shaping technology that supports WIndows workstations only. If this is the case, it's time to upgrade.

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