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Which kind of network is the best for SmartClass?

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.

gerry avatar final-1By 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:


Devices Activities ASDN LAN WLAN
Desktop PCs   ☑️ ☑️ ☑️
Laptops   ☑️ ☑️
Tablets   ☑️
Smartphones   ☑️
Chromebooks   ☑️
  Internet access ☑️ ☑️ ☑️
  Self-study 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 
additional information.


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