Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Mobile Wifi device to the rescue!

Recently, a Computers in Homes class was interrupted when the Hawera Star building where classes were being run was closed down after a recent earthquake.  We had two hours to remove everything from the building.

A temporary venue was found, classes were resumed and students graduated on schedule.

However, there was no internet access at the temporary venue.

So Ian Andrew, our Taranaki technician, set up a mobile pod of 11 laptops and sourced a mobile wifi device so students could access the internet and continue their learning.

TP-Link's AC750 (pictured) is able to connect up to 30 devices on the 4G network, and despite some limitations with concrete walls interrupting the signal, it runs surprisingly efficiently.

Data comes from 2degrees' mobile data plan, 12GB for $99.