Do I Have the Right Internet Connection for Online Private Schooling?
Everyday technology grows at an exponential rate, and so does our need for reliable, efficient, and safe internet connections. Over the years, online learning has also developed and become one of the main learning platforms. With a huge pool of customers, Internet Service Providers have come up with different internet connection options for users, many of whom are students enrolled in online private schools.
Below is a list of internet connection types and how they perform with Ignitia, the online curriculum used by Enlightium Academy.
Dial-Up (Analog 56K)
Does it work well with Ignitia?: Somewhat. The issue is that the connection speed might be very slow. One benefit is that Dial-up Internet is available almost everywhere. Users in remote and rural areas can typically get dial-up, whereas other types of internet connection may not be available in that area.
Technical details: A modem connects to the Internet after the computer dials a phone number. This analog signal is converted to digital via the modem and sent over a landline serviced by a public telephone network.
Common issues and troubleshooting: The upside of this type of internet connection is that it is affordable; however, it is much slower compared to other internet connections because the lines sometimes experience interference, which affects the speed. Speed for this connection type ranges between 28k - 56k. For reference, this is a fraction of the minimum speed of Wi-Fi. One mbps is equivalent to a thousand kbps! Also, only one device can be active at a given time as all connected devices share one line. This means a user cannot be on a landline and connected to the Internet via a wired computer at the same time.
Does it work well with Ignitia?: Yes, it works very well with Ignitia in most cases.
Technical details: A wireless internet connection does not require telephone lines or cables to connect to the Internet. Instead of cables or telephone lines, it uses radio frequency. Wireless is then typically available and it can be accessed from just about anywhere within a radius. The speed varies from anywhere between 5Mbps to 20Mbps.
Common issues and troubleshooting: Sometimes it goes offline and the user loses the connection. The reasons can vary and include bad weather, technical issues directly from provider, or the connected number of users at a given time. When any of the above happens, users can reset modem or call their internet provider for assistance.
While a strong wifi connection works well, public wifi is not recommended because it is often unstable due to the volume of users among other potential issues. If you are on a public network, it is recommended that you focus on lessons and projects that will not be submitted if you get kicked for any reason. Students using public wifi should also consider using a VPN.
Does it work well with Ignitia?: Cable works very well with Ignitia.
Technical details: This type of connection provides access to the Internet through a cable modem and operates over cable TV lines. The speed for this connection varies, depending on whether the user is downloading or uploading data. This type of connection uses a coaxial cable which provides a much greater bandwidth than Dial-Up or DSL telephone lines. Cable speeds range between 512K to 20Mbps.
Common issues and troubleshooting: Cable internet is not available in all areas. The speed you will receive depends on how many people in the area are connected to the Internet at the same time. Internet connection speed tends to be slower during peak hours. Users can overcome some of these issues by disconnecting devices that are not using an internet connection to allow more speed to devices that are connected.
Does it work well with Ignitia?: Not always, as satellite internet users are more likely to experience technical issues while logged into Ignitia.
Technical details: Satellite connection accesses the Internet via a satellite in the earth’s orbit. The long distance that a signal has to travel from the earth to the satellite can provide a delayed connection compared to Cable and DSL. Connections speed range between 512K to 2Mbps.
Common issues and troubleshooting: Speed may sometimes be delayed because of the distance the connection has to travel. Users should limit their open web pages to avoid a slow connection and loading times.
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
Does it work well with Ignitia?: Yes, it is compatible with Ignitia, but does not work very well with Ignitia.
Technical details: DSL uses two lines, which allows the user’s phone line to remain free even when a computer is connected. DSL does not require the user to dial a phone number to connect to the Internet; rather, it uses a router to transport data. Connection speed ranges between 128K to 8Mbps.
Common issues and troubleshooting: Speed is not always constant, as the distance to the provider determines the strength of the connection. DSL is also only available in limited distances from the provider, so not all homes can have access to it.
Does it work well with Ignitia?: Yes, it works well with Ignitia, but technical issues are more likely than on other connections. It is recommended that hotspots or other cellular connections are used primarily for lessons and projects and not tests or quizzes in case the student loses a connection.
Technical details: Cellular technology provides Internet access through a cell phones’ mobile data. Speed usually varies depending on the service provider and the user’s location in relation to a cell tower. The most common types are 3G, 4G and Lte. The term 3G describes the 3rd generation cellular network with speeds of about 2Mbps. 4G is the 4th generation of cellular wireless standards and its goal is to achieve speeds of 100Mbps, but the current standard is about 22 Mbps.
Common issues and troubleshooting: While using cellular may work well, the devices associated with cellular use often do not. Please read our blog, “Which Devices Work Best with Ignitia?” for more information. The phone screen might be too small to view all the content on the page, so the user might not get the clear presentation of the material due to the screen resolution.
If you are looking for a program that allows students to work from home with their families, then consider Enlightium Academy. Enlightium is a fully accredited online private Christian school that allows students to work at their own pace with a flexible schedule. Our affordable tuition, individualized curriculum, and simple admissions process maintains the advantages of a home school education while also preparing students well for college. Additionally, Enlightium offers record-keeping and has worked with families in all 50 states to meet state requirements. Feel free to call us at 866-488-4818 if you have any questions about transferring to Enlightium Academy.