iPads for 100 Students

Posted on 2011-11-01
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I am putting a proposal together to purchase 100 iPads for our school  but need to figure out some techie stuff before I go further.  

We will have a Netgear Wireless-N access point.  We would have 100 iPads in a small building.  I don't expect range to be a problem but need to know if 1 wireless-n will handle the iPads.  I am not sure how to estimate usage at this point.  I see us using the devices for textbooks and interactive classroom lessons.  A wild guess would be 60% on the high end of usage at any one time, but that is a wild guess.

So is the wireless-n going to be able to handle it?
Question by:stcatechies
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    yes it will.
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    You shouldn't have too much of an issue with 100 devices connecting to the router. Most routers typically don't have a maximum limit on the amount of connections to it, but I've seen some that max out at 256 connections so the amount of devices you connect to it shouldn't matter at all, the only thing that will be affected is the bandwidth which is going to obviously be split by the number of simultaneous active users so it really depends on the content that you're going to be serving at the time (I know you said books and lessons). However, with all that being said the Wireless-N should be able to handle it.
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    it should be fine - although you can do maths easily enough..
    if 1 person needs to transfer a 1mb file across the wireless - how long will it take.?
    if all 100 need to transfer the same file at the same time - then it will take roughly 100 times as long.

    if you are all doing a lot of video etc - this can be an issue.
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    I'd say bandwidth and range is more of an issue, such as would the one device manage to cover the campus, or is your network fast enough to support 100 active devices. If your net connection is not that great, many simultanious users can really slow things down.

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