So you feel that a complete lab would best suit your particular situation?
Great take a look at the information below and lets get started!
- Typically a COMPLETE lab consists of a small group of workstations with
one "server" or teacher station
- Currently the smallest lab that we setup consists of 5 workstations 1
server 1 printer and the network.
- From that installation we typically grow a lab in increments of 5, up to
20 stations and 1 server
The most common setups are the 5, the 10 and the 20 station workgroups
Other than the number of workstations the other differences in the larger
labs are the number of printers and the networking hardware used.
- Lab + 5
- This lab is one of our most popular because of its small size. It
consists of 5 complete pc 'student' workstations, a single server or
'teacher' workstation and a single printer, usually but not always an inkjet
connected to the server.
- Additionally the "+5" uses a small 10/100 hub to connect the
workstations to the server, and the 'server' also will often act as a print
- Lab +10
- The +10 is for folks who have had, or currently have a pc lab
established, but need to "juice it up" or even resurrect it, in the case of
a lab thats no longer being used. The +10 allows 10 student workstations and
1 teacher server, along with complete networking facilities and at this
point the printer, or printers normally run off of an individual print
server. All +10 applicants have the option to request 2 printers. These
would typically consist of a monochrome laser printer along with a color ink
- Lab +20
- The +20 is the grand daddy of all our labs. It provides the most
challenge to establish and maintain, but also allows a great deal of
flexibility of installaton options. Many +20 labs will activate such
services as "web server", "mail server", and "FTP server". This allows your
students to experience many of the same learning experiences that they would
find in a 'real world' or external lab system. The +20 with its 20 student
work stations and single server/teacher will often find its way into the
hands of organizations who already provide PC services, and are looking for
an advanced directive, or greater flexibility in the curriculum they offer.
A traditional +20 will allow the applicants up to 4 printers, as available,
and possibly even a dedicated file server. The +20 avails itself of the
entire open source learning enviroment and may be used as a networked
administration site when not in use.