The choice of which network to deploy for a language lab may be influenced by many things, but in the end, it depends on your needs, your priorities and your environment.
By Gerry Sullivan
Date of Creation: 2019-11-13
Last Update: 2023-02-22
- If your school has a one-to-one program with iPads or Chromebooks, then a WLAN is your only choice – and therefore your best choice.
- If overall performance is your priority and your school has a dedicated room with desktop workstations available for your language lab, then an ASDN (Application Specific Dedicated Network) solution is your best choice.
- Need a balance of economy and performance and your school is using laptop computers? Then a hardwired LAN environment is a great compromise.
The table below summarizes the suitability of the different networks for specific devices and specific activities:
|Live Screen Broadcast with static image||☑️||☑️||⭕|
|Live Screen Broadcast with HD Video||☑️||❎||❎|
|Live Audio Broadcast (Teacher to all)||☑️||✔️||⭕|
|Live audio pairing||☑️||✔️||⭕|
|Live Webcam Broadcast (Teacher to all)||☑️||☑️||❎|
|Live Webcam pairing||☑️||☑️||❎|
✔️ LAN and WLAN based intercom systems will always include some transmission delay for audio. For most users, a small delay is acceptable –
as long as there is no echo.
⭕ See WLAN Implementation Pitfalls for
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