How to Create and Maintain a Mobile Lab for a Junior High School?
Posted on 2004-09-28
Ok, long story short - I teach in a middle school/junior high school in the Bronx, NY, and I have been acting as the schools technology coordinator for two years. We recently were approved a rather large grant which allowed us to purchase a number of Dell (Latitude D600) laptops, Lexmark T630 network printers, a Dell access point, and a 16 port hub. The equipment comes as a standard package from our inventory purchasing warehouse. My basic question is on the best way to network these laptops (36 in total) so that they may all use the same printer and have access to the internet as the lab moves from room to room. The laptops are all running Windows XP, and have integrated wireless connectivity. The entire school has been retrofitted with wireless drops (Cisco wireless b boxes, tiny antenna, 11 mb) so the laptops come preconfigured to access the schools wireless network through a proxy server. I am capable of getting all of them online through dhcp. I can also get them to print to the network printer via ip printing. The only limitation is that for this to work they need to stay in one room, which kills the whole “mobile” lab idea. Can I set this up so everything works from room to room? I thought maybe ad-hoc connecting the student laptops/workstations to one “server” laptop that stays connected to the printer through ethernet, but I’m not sure. Desperately confused and seeking guidance, any and all help is appreciated.