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    Using wireless PDA's to register on ePortal

    Is any one using wireless PDA's to register on eoprtal? Our staff take a register for eportal for every lesson, we find this a good way on monitoring truancy levels.

    All classrooms have a network point but our problem is the changing rooms. They also have 2 network points but its a right pain for PE staff to have these ready all the while. Also at anyone time their could be up to 3 register needing doing in one changing room.

    We are looking at the possibility of using PDA with windows Mobile so that the y can log on wireless to IE and do their register with an handheld for speed and to keep the registers up to date. We tend to get PE staff missing certain registers and doing a paper copy to put on at the end of the day.

    We would put Wireless access points in the boys and girls changing rooms and tie them to to mac adress of the PDA.

    DOes any one do anything similar.

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    Re: Using wireless PDA's to register on ePortal

    If you want to deploy wireless on your network you need to do it in a managed and secure way mac address filtering offers minimal security if any at all.

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    Re: Using wireless PDA's to register on ePortal

    Our PE department uses cheap iPaqs and Winfolder PK to take their registers. After a couple of hiccups to begin with, it seems to work well enough for them. Thats to say, I've had no complaints about them not working

    As for security, Windows for PocketPC 2003 SE and Windows Mobile 5 both support WEP, WPA-RADIUS and WPA-PSK so there is no need to compromise your wireless security by using Mac filtering.

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    Re: Using wireless PDA's to register on ePortal

    You'd trust your teachers to look after a PDA? :?

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    Re: Using wireless PDA's to register on ePortal

    I'm looking into this atm for the same reason (using Lisol Pathways reg system though) it seems ok, PE havent had a look at it yet, but i'm loathed to buy them laptops at £500 a pop just for registration and them looking at porn and spyware (no joke) when a £240 PDA will work better. We may do a mix of both, either way it saves some money on my budget

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    Re: Using wireless PDA's to register on ePortal

    Wouldnt you say a laptop was better value though?

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    Re: Using wireless PDA's to register on ePortal

    We will be trying out the new SIMS Mobile solution as soon as it is officially released. We are just buying one license and setting it up for PE. Will be using WPA for security.

    PE staff who want to register in the gymn or on the field do not want a laptop - it is too bulky and could get knocked.

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    Re: Using wireless PDA's to register on ePortal

    Quote Originally Posted by tosca925
    Is any one using wireless PDA's to register on eoprtal? Our staff take a register for eportal for every lesson, we find this a good way on monitoring truancy levels.

    We would put Wireless access points in the boys and girls changing rooms and tie them to to mac adress of the PDA.

    DOes any one do anything similar.
    We did exactly that, and for the same reasons, the only problem we found was then the they wanted a wireless network around the rest of the school.

    It works well, as long as you have your classes split into gender, the problem we had was that we had two classes doing PE and the timetable had not split them so the female teacher could only register half a class etc, you see where I',m going with this.

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    Re: Using wireless PDA's to register on ePortal

    We had a PE teacher doing some work on a laptop in a gym with the students playing football one miskicked ball later and it was a new screen for the laptop.

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    Re: Using wireless PDA's to register on ePortal

    we use ipaq's in the PE dept. using pars. the problem we have is exactly the same as budgester, the classes are not split into gender, so registaring is a pain.

    The Pda's connect via an ad-hoc network to laptops to upload the data, this is because the access point we have is one of those high speed ones that doesn't like b wireless devices too much.

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    Re: Using wireless PDA's to register on ePortal

    High Speed ones? just configure it for b only or b & g but do not set it for turbo mode.

    Or add another b only access point?

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    Re: Using wireless PDA's to register on ePortal

    i'll have to get a cable into the access point, it's half way up a wall and i think laziness has got the better of me, that and i don't like belkin network kit, i feel it's tailored for the home user too much. Give me netgear or d-link any day.

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    Re: Using wireless PDA's to register on ePortal

    No telnet or web interface to it?
    If it doesn't have then that is truly shocking.

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    Re: Using wireless PDA's to register on ePortal

    just tried a telnet session, it doesn't allow me to connect to it. Tried typing the ip address into internet explorer to open the web interface, it looks like i need to be connected locally, because it just says go away.

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    Re: Using wireless PDA's to register on ePortal

    Access points dont usually allow you to connect to their admin pages over their wireless. That might be the problem you're having?



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