Author Topic: My Thoughts on Connectivity Issues  (Read 5982 times)

Offline tominne

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on: September 10, 2010, 12:54:18 PM
I have worked for about a total of 3 hours trying to get my WII controller to connect to Smoothboard to no success.  I was going to evaluate this product for possible use in my schools as it is a much cheaper alternative to interactive boards.  However, after reading numerous post about connectivity problems and suggested fixes, I don't believe this to be a useful product for the average teacher.  They need technology to work when they need it.  I am glad I only invested $150 in this product. 



Offline nclemenson

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Reply #1 on: September 10, 2010, 06:37:27 PM
It's unfortunate you've had no success.  This project has moved beyond the DIY and is a better alternative to competitors...yes in education.

When our install is complete we will have 21 classrooms using the technology.

I am at the Maurice River Township Elementary School in New Jersey.  Our school has ~360 students and every classroom for students K-8 will have the technology in the classroom.

I started using free software, but found Smoothboard to be superior for the starting teacher...just holding the pen in position to bring up a mouse-click is really the only portion that I found superior...

Massiveboard works flawlessly.

I'm not sure what your issues were, but I have used Toshiba and Lenovo laptops running Windows 7 Pro with a 3 dollar bluetooth adapter and had no connectivity issues. 

Regards,

Neils



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Reply #2 on: September 10, 2010, 08:05:58 PM
I definitely agree with Neils. Although many teachers are not tech savvy, the results vs. cost will be well worth it in the classroom. In fact, I have colleagues that have tried other infrared interactive whiteboard products that cost significantly more and they perform poorly compared to a correctly setup wiimote whiteboard.  The quality of performance cannot be closely compared with any other technology in the vicinity of the same price range.

In my district, I have had several non tech savvy teachers setup smoothboard and the wiimote whiteboard without issue.  From what I've seen, Boon Jin offers excellent support (actually above and beyond support) and seems willing to help anyone who asks.  Many times the fix is something simple (defective bluetooth, etc.).  Usually, once a connection is made, the process is very stable (at least in my experience).

I use my wiimote whiteboard everyday and would encourage anyone to do the same. Classifying this low cost technology as an option that won't work for teachers is not true in my opinion.  I would encourage tominne to not give up! Once you  see what it can do in the classroom, my guess is that your opinion will change.

Good luck!

Kev



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Reply #3 on: September 11, 2010, 04:49:28 AM
I totally agree with Neils and Kev.
If you have problems , do bring it up with Boon Jin. He will try to guide you step by step through the connection process. Once you get it working correctly, you will be amazed at what it can do.
The first time connection is  normally a problem with non tech savvy teachers. But after the first success connection , connection after that takes less than a minute.

With just one  tech savvy teacher in a school, he/she will be able to guide the rest on the use of the technology.

Just imagine being able to equip 10 - 15 classrooms for the price of one hardware based solution It is definitely worth the effort to get the IWB to work.

Don't give up

hagoh



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Reply #4 on: September 11, 2010, 05:47:32 AM
Hi tominne,

We have thousands of active users who have working setups and the ones you see in forum can be considered rare occurrences.

Basically, if you have a Bluetooth adaptor that uses the Microsoft Bluetooth Stack, you will just need to plug it in to your computer and let the drivers to install automatically. Then, load up Smoothboard and SmoothConnect will appear. Continuously, press and release the 1+2 buttons till the Wiimote is found and connected.

Instead of spending a lot of time trying out you can contact us directly via email at admin at smoothboard.net and we will assist you.

Please do tell us the issues you are facing and your system configurations such as the Bluetooth adaptor, Operating System. Preferably, please do send to us a screenshot of the Device Manager with the expanded HID Device List.

Thank you.

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