Broadband and Internet services designed for Education
For a number of years now we have offered schools and academies access to the Internet through our suite of Broadband solutions. In partnership with Exa Networks, we can offer a full range of speeds and different types of connectivity depending on your organisations budget and what is available to you in your geographical area. Our services include the more common types of connectivity such as ADSL & FTTC (Fibre to the Cabinet) and also more specialised connectivity solutions such as SDSL, and airband (wireless broadband) for areas with poor connectivity. We also offer leased lines and FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) for organisations that demand large bandwidth connectivity.
All our connectivity packages are full monitored by ourselves and our ISP. At EduTech, we monitor all the physical aspects of your internet connection not just whether it is up or down. We continually monitor your bandwidth usage, connected speeds, packet error and discards etc so we are able to spot any errors/issues on your connection and any anomalies such as high usage at night when we know nobody is there or the speed of your link dropping suddenly for no reason.
All our solutions come with a fully featured web content filter called SurfProtect to ensure that the web content coming into your organisation is safe for students and teachers to view. The filter is easy to use and has been designed to allow designated teaching or technical staff within your organisation to control which websites and content they wish to allow or block for both students and teaching staff.
SurfProtect is completely transparent and in its most basic form does not need any additional equipment or services installed at your site. It operates at the other end of your internet connection and all traffic from your organisation is automatically forwarded to it to ensure it is correctly filtered.
There are no additional licensing costs with SurfProtect, it is included as part of your package and automatically covers all your organisations faculty and students. Whether that is 100 faculty and students or 1500, the cost is the same which makes it very cost effective against other content filters who charge on a per seat/user basis.
As a pioneer in the field of internet connectivity and content filtering to schools, Exa Networks has grown to become one of the largest independent providers to educational organisations in the UK - enabling EduTech to bring their wealth of knowledge services designed specifically for the education sector to its clients. Exa now look after thousands of schools throughout the UK, providing services from connectivity to email. In fact in the last year alone more than 900 schools have moved to Exa. Exa are members of the British Education Suppliers Association (BESA), The Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA), RIPE, Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) as well as founding members of IXLeeds. They also sit on the board of the largest internet exchange in the UK, LINX.
All our broadband provision is fully monitored at a number of levels. Our monitoring platform collects information from our routers and from your onsite proxy server which helps us build a detailed picture of Internet activity at your site which is not normally noticeable on basic broadband installations. For instance, our router monitoring allows us to see if your connection speed has been regraded by Openreach and advise you that upgrades are available or perhaps that the speed is lower than it should be and log a call for it to be investigated. Whilst this seems a relatively simple task, it is worth remembering that on a basic broadband installation, the only way to check what speed your line is running at is to log into the router and check it manually.
We can tell if your line is experiencing interference which is causing your negotiated speed to drop or that a particular computer on your network is using the Internet out of hours when it shouldn't be. The information we collect helps us build a picture of how you would normally use your connection and we then setup alerts to highlight abnormal usage or changes in the provision. As the monitoring platform is external to your site, we can also alert you by SMS message as soon as your Internet goes down.
We also monitor Internet usage at user level for staff and pupils and log all sites visited as part of our Safer Internet provision.