Our SU has 3000 or so kids, we were operating on 200 meg until we got this
second connection, and occasionally saturating it.  With 2 200 meg
connections, we don't.  Our firewall has very nice graphs showing what
we're using, I keep an eye on them.

I'm curious what you mean by "total shutdown of the network".   That
doesn't usually mean internet issues, it has happened here when someone
accidentally wired a workgroup switch in a classroom to different VLANs,
causing the spanning tree protocol to go nuts on the ethernet.

On Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 5:20 PM, Craig Lyndes <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Bob,
> At this point I think bandwidth is the air that our technology initiatives
> need to stay alive.  If we want teachers and students who are competent
> users of technology and we want the benefits that technology can bring to
> our students' learning we can't be suffocating them.
> You say you have a fiber connection so I assume you are capable of getting
> a Gig.  I would highly recommend doing that - remember that is what e-rate
> was meant for.
> If you had a room in your school with poor air circulation you would not
> spend huge sums of money designing and implementing a machine that would
> identify each student, drop a mask down and meter out the oxygen.  Teachers
> get as much air as they want, kids have to breath like deep sea divers and
> guests are on their own.
> You would fix the problem by putting in an air system sufficient to allow
> everyone to breath as much as they wanted and have some extra for special
> occasions.
> Ask your people what they want.  I'll bet they want their technology to be
> simple, dependable and fast.  Use your technical expertise to provide them
> with what they want.  Spend your money and energy on education.  If you
> want to tinker and do amazing technology create with a raspberry pi.
> Bob, I know I'm preaching to the choir here but my inability to convince
> people who have a vested interest in control and obfuscation  makes me
> appreciate an opportunity to discuss with like minds.
> Craig Lyndes
> On Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 4:21 PM, Bob Owens <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> We are currently running a 200mb FirstLight fiber connection at Vergennes
>> Union HS. Last year we had very few if any problems. This year we have had
>> total shutdowns of our network due primarily to streaming issues with
>> NetFlix and YouTube. We have since blocked NetFlix and some other streaming
>> services but are still having problems.
>> What types of service are others using? We have @500 students and almost
>> as many Chromebooks, not to mention phones, iPads, personal devices, etc.
>> What is considered minimum bandwidth per student or device?
>> Looking forward to hearing from everyone on this.
>> Thanks,
>> Bob Owens
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