We currently use Webmarshal 184.108.40.206 as a way of turning the internet on and off in classrooms. This is a manual process and teachers have to ask before the morning if they want internet turned on for their lessons. With this being a manual process and we get called out to do work around the place we've started getting people compalining because the internet was either on when they wanted it off or off when they wanted it on.
My question to the intelligent people (and the not-so-intelligent) people of the eduGeek forums is: If we upgrade to Webmarshal 220.127.116.1136 will we gain the ability to scedual this sort of task, and are there any other advantages to this? OR: are there free/better alternatives which can be used to turn the internet on/off for rooms/groups of computers?
Thank you in advance for your wizdom and knowlage.
Impero allows your staff to have control of the internet in their own room. Very handy.
I wrote a Kix Script\form some time ago whereby the teacher could select the room in which they wanted to turn the internet off and the script would, during logon check the computer name and state of a file and depending on whether the file existed or not it would overwrite the proxy settings with zeros. This worked great if the teacher remembered to disable the internet before lesson started.
The problem was it would only work before the pupils logged on a the teacher/s had to remember to 'turn' the internet back on again, and it would not work if the pupil was already logged on.
I did develop another script that removed access to the 'iexplore' exe whilst the pupil was logged on (the script would first kill the process) the problem was I only developed this for individual machines.
I would personally recommend the AB Tutor control program, this does excatly what you want and more and I have to say it reletivley cheap (one teacher console for £120).
Ye ditto again for ABTutor , We use ISA server are self so that we can manage all the connections and filtering in and out although for flexibility and ease of use that the teachers can use we have a control licence of ABTutor for each room which allows there teacher to either select all the room or per pupil of no internet or only allow certain sites or certain programs etc... (Also a nice feature with ABTutor we have the clients install by MSI threw the GPO so no need to manual install)
We use IPCop proxy server with AdvProxy/URLFilter/Classroom Extensions addons for controlling access per-room; and made a controller program (On/Off button) in AutoIt for the teachers. All free.
armadillo (1st April 2009)
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