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Wireless Laptop Carts

Technology Services currently has two wireless laptop carts and one laser printer available for delivery to classrooms. These carts are motorized and enable any wired room on campus to become a computer classroom connected to the campus network.

Power

The built-in battery in each laptop allows it to work for approximately two hours without being plugged in. The extra battery can expand that time from two to four hours. NOTE: The extra battery and the floppy drive cannot both be in the Wireless Laptop Cart #1 laptops at the same time -- you must choose one or the other.

If you are planning to use the laptops for more than two hours, you will want to request that the extra batteries are installed rather than the floppy drives. Because the laptops are connected to the campus network, students are able to save files to their home folders (directories).

If you are planning to use the laptops for more than four hours, you will want to request the AC adapters and some extra power strips so the laptops can be plugged in.

Network Connectivity

The wireless laptop carts have built-in network jacks and wireless network bridges. When the bridge is plugged in and a network cable is run between the cart's network jack and the network jack on the classroom wall, the wireless network is activated.

The wireless network card in each laptop allows it to connect to the campus network without a physical cable. There is also a hub, which allows the connection of a network laser printer (delivered on a separate cart) even if there is only one network jack in the room.

Wireless Laptop Cart #1 laptop specifications

22 Dell laptop computers:

  • CD-ROM/DVD drives
  • wireless network cards
  • maximum run time on battery (internal) is 6 hours
  • AC adapters
  • external Microsoft mice

NOTE: Both sides of the wireless laptop cart open up; one side stores 11 and the other side stores 11 laptops.

Wireless Laptop Cart #2 laptop specifications

30 Dell laptop computers:

  • CD-ROMDVD drives
  • wireless network cards
  • maximum run time on battery (internal) is 6 hours
  • AC adapters
  • external Microsoft mice

NOTE: Both sides of the wireless laptop cart open up; each side stores 15 laptops.

Wireless laptop cart delivery procedures

Request delivery of the wireless laptop cart

 
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