We ran into issues this Fall when Google Drive syncing killed our Network.
Our classroom teachers had Drive installed on their Macs as a back-up for
their files, so Drive was CONSTANTLY pushing data and killed our network
speed.  I have also heard that iCloud sync can have the same effect.  Might
be worth checking into.

Edith Fogarty
Technology Integration Facilitator
Bradford Elementary School
143 Fairground Rd
Bradford, VT 05033
802.222.4077 x281
802.222.5196 fax

On Wed, Nov 9, 2016 at 8:24 AM, Robert Wickberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> 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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