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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Network Trivia

Bruce Rozett

As a way of helping Bonny Eagle users understand the size and scope of the network that they use every day, I thought I would share some network trivia.
·      The MSAD6 network spans fourteen sites… BEHS, BEMS,  six elementary schools, Alt Ed, Transportation, Technology/Adult Ed., and Central Office.  We also have equipment at two third-party sites that are just used to route network traffic around the district.

·       MSAD6 has almost 5,700 devices connected to the network.  This includes MacBook Airs, ChromeBooks, iPads, servers, telephones, printers, security cameras, door controls for security, and some miscellaneous desktops (like kitchens, custodians, and libraries).

·       On an average day almost 9,400 devices get an address and use the network.  

·       If we issue 9,400 address and have 5,700 district-owned devices, that means there are about 3,700 personal devices using the network, like your cellphones and iPods.

·       Our connection to the Internet, located at BEMS, is 70 times faster than your average household Internet connection.  You can think of your household connection is like a soda straw and the district connection is like a large fire hose.

·       On an average day, about 60% of the Internet traffics is used by BEHS and 25% by BEMS.  All the other buildings use the final 15%.

·       While the Internet is VERY large, it is also VERY fast.  If you do a Google search from a school, on average it takes 300 one-thousandths of one second for your message to get there.

·       That Google search is actually received and forwarded by about 20 devices between MSAD6 and the Google site.

So, the next time you think that the network is slow, remember that there are an awful lot of users and devices using it all at the same time.  And once your request leaves the MSAD6 network, it needs to make a lot of hops to get to the destination.  And once it leaves our network, we have no way to see or control what happens to your message.