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How to solve the bandwidth issue for youtube in your school district?

How to solve the bandwidth issue for youtube in your school district?

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Youtube is taking more than 50% of the total bandwidth, is there any good ideas to solve the issue without adding more bandwidth? Such as traffic shaping, or even cache the youtube video? Please share with me your practices, thank you!

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Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia
Facilitator

Hi Darwin,
Great question, and we went through something similar at my school recently. For us, the solution was to implement a cache so that the sites visited regularly - like YouTube or other high traffic sites, loaded much quicker. This freed up bandwidth for other sites.

Keith.

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darwin
it dept.

Hi Keith,

Thank you for your reply. Can your solution cache youtube video? I am searching for the cache solution. Normally there are two options, cheap open source one or expensive commercial one, which one you did you choose?

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Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia
Facilitator

Hi Darwin,
We use a pretty expensive one. It's been custom designed and rolled out to all the schools in our system - setting it up has been a real hassle, but we are beginning to see the benefits of it now. Let me know how you get on.

Keith.

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