Jet Pack Mi-Fi Connection Devices

There are three typical ways your student can connect to the internet for remote learning.

A cable connection is the fastest, and should be your first choice. If you have a cable internet connection you use at your home, use this for your child's remote learning.

A satellite connection is slower, but still a solid second choice for when you need bandwidth but are not in cable company range. If you have a satellite internet connection you use at your home, use this for your child's remote learning. 

The third standard option is a cellular tower connection. In this area of the state, this is a last-resort connection, and should only be used when there are no other connectivity options.

The district is providing Albion Jetpack Mi-Fi connection devices during the COVID-19 pandemic for families that are unable to connect to the internet in any other way. If you have internet access through cable or satellite please continue to use that method.  

Over the past week, parents have picked up school-issued Chromebooks and  these devices which are set up to connect to a Verizon Wireless cellular tower.

At best these devices can supply a 3 megabit connection to the internet (3 Mbps). While not high-capacity devices, they should be sufficient for your child to view content created by teachers and allow your child to use remote learning tools successfully.

The Jetpacks are also filtered and monitored at all times. All web traffic is, as required by the Federal Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA), recorded and logged. Furthermore, to maximize student bandwidth the Jetpacks will not connect any other household devices to the internet. After 10 GB of data the connection speed will be reduced to 1 Mbps.

If the connection to the Chromebook is lost or the Mi-Fi Device connecting the Chromebook has left the school district, it will be immediately deactivated and can only be reactivated by Albion Central Schools Tech Support.

Infographic of thre standard connection types