Each device will be registered with Google Play using one Google account. It is hoped that when the device is joined to the Google account that any free Apps downloaded will automatically synchronize onto each device.
The DET has decided for the time not to open up a port to allow access to Google Play. The reason given was that it was deemed to much of a security risk to their network to allow this.
This decision makes it very difficult for our school to proceed with the project so other ways will be needed to be found to access the apps we will need for our devices.
It was decided to try the Telstra 4G hotspot because of the cost factor.
The protective covers purchased for the Galaxy Tabs have arrived and seem very robust for the small amount of cost, about $7 including delivery . They are a hard shell which the Tab can click into and a protective leather like cover folds over the front.
Four different colours were purchased so each basket in the trolley has a different colour cover.
The only glitch was the absence of a hole for the charging port. A small hole will need to be cut into each cover.
Samsung Galaxy Tabs have finally been delivered after a wait of almost four months.
Now the job of configuring 100 and joining them to the network begins.
The process includes the following steps.
The process probablly will take about 15 min for each device as
The number of access points has been doubled and now all buildings are covered by wifi. This was achieved at minimal cost by using discarded access points from LWICT schools being upgraded. There was little point in using new access points as our sites network infustructure is being upgraded in the second half of 2012. The charge was an installation cost for TFX who installed and configured the new AP's.
The discarded Cisco AP's are identical to the existing points currently used.
I have been investigating covers for the Galaxy Tab. My preference is for hard shell that the tablet can clip into with a fold down cover.
Previously I have purchased covers for the Apple Ipad called Sprout Covermate. These fit nicely in the charging trolley and a slimline but robust design. Unfortunately they dont have a version for the Samsung . Further investigations bought me to a company in California called Case Crown. They have a good range but again they were all slide in pouch types, nice but not quite what I was after. They did have a hardshell model but again only for the Apple.
I did a search on Alibaba. A website to promote Chinese products directly from the manufacturer for wholesalers and retailers to buy in volume.
A search yielded hundreds of possibilities. Eventually I found a company that made a hardshell cover which seemed exactly what we wanted. Fortunately the minimum order was 100 units which is what we needed. The price was very attractive at about $7 per unit including delivery. Something similar from retail was about $30 per unit so the saving is pretty huge .
Newest arrvial magnetic smartcover folding leather case for samsung tab 2 p5110
Shenzhen Huowang Trading Co., Ltd. [China (Mainland)]
Approval has been given to increase the wireless coverage . The number of AP's will double. TFX our preferred integrator will complete the installation in the next few weeks.
1. IP Addressing
Using fixed IP rather rather than DHCP for addresses. Trying to set aside 100 ip addresses for the devices. They seem to operate in a more stable manner on the network with a fixed IP.
....... still pending with DET
2.Wireless Network Upgrade
Upgrading of access points to give coverage through the school. Presently there are only 5 access points which do not cover the whole school. The density of access points may need to be increased and a AP wireless controller used to enable 100 devices to work efficiently.
.... still pending with DET
3. Management Software Portable Devices
Using Zenprises software to manage the apps and setting on all Tabs.
.... still pending with DET
4.Google Play Access
Opening of port 5228 on DET firewall so Android devices can access Google Play.
.... still pending DET
5. Synchronization using IQ32 Cart
Samsung is testing the cart in Korea, and hopefully developing software to enable syncronization of apps.
.... still pending Samsung and PC Locs
A meeting has been organized with Wavelink and the DET to see if is possible to use Zenprises software to manage the devices.
The preferred option through a cloud solution is looking not possible because of security and the DET's firewall. Another option which is the installation of sofware on Rostrata's Tier 3 server is also being investigated. Hopefully all this will be made clear in next Thursdays meeting in Central office with technical engineers from both organizations.
The syncronization and charging stations have arrived. Three trolleys with a capacity of 32 TABs in each will allow the devices to secured, organized into baskets of 8 for easy borrowing, charging and hopefully management of software.
The trolleys had to be assembled which is a time consuming task . A few minor problems with some aspects in assembly but were quickly rectified by PC Locks who sent someone on site to help out.
The synchronization side has not been worked out fully yet. Samsung are presently creating software to allow sharing of applications with multiple devices. Their sofware Kies does not manage applications. Google play can manage applications but only on single devices. Google Play is not presently available to on the DET network. Port 5228 needs to be opened on the firewall, this is currently being investigated.