donod2 wrote: ↑
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:31 am
I started off with the RPI when I thought I was going to use it with my amateur radio. 2 weeks later I was knee deep into a project for a school my wife and I are working with in Haiti.
At the current time. I have 14 desktops up and running on wifi. There is also 1 French content server and 1 file server that wired to the router and seems to help quite a bit. I have 2 additional RPI that are not connected due to desk space. Each desktop has 2 login options, 1 for students and 1 for teachers that the admin logs in and out each class.
I choose to go with a Linksys router and use Wifi. I thought about PInet but I need another computer onsite but would have to have backups that can be swapped quickly and a switch with eth cables, which all adds to the power problem.
The desktops run off of microSD cards and the servers use a 120gb SSD. I have a stand alone USB writer that will do USB, SD, Micro, SSD fairly quick. I chose to go this route for ease and everything is run on solar panels and AGM batteries, so I crunch watts like pennies. I have 14 spare SD and 2 extra SSD close to the school just in case.
Most if not all do not all of the students do not have any experience, so the desktop is pretty basic with the Libre office , browsers and a few other programs. I have a few people that are windows computer savvy and tacking college courses in IT to teach the class 2 days a week and on Saturday during a kids club for this school year.
Before the next school year, we will install 6 more RPI and power up the other 2 on site. Our goal is to have about 24 RPI in the class with 2 for teachers to use with the students. Once everyone is acclimated, then we can look at individual logins. We plan to gradually add more content and build on the skills.
If I were doing this in the US, it would be a lot different, but I am dealing with a much harsher environment and harder to get to.