#BYOD Issues RESOLVED with @Amazon #Kindle #Fire

A short time ago, you may recall this blog entry entitled, #BYOD Issues with @Amazon #Kindle #Fire. The main issue stemmed from the seeming inability of the Amazon Kindle Fire to connect to a school district's network. That problem has been resolved and it was NOT the Amazon Kindle Fire!

Here's the problem (as a refresher):
I have a couple Kindle Fire Tablets that we are experimenting with. I am unable to access the internet through our system. The Kindle will connect to the wireless access points and will get a valid IP address from the dhcp server. I can ping the Kindle and the network connected icon shows it is connected but there is an “X” below it indicating that it has no internet access. Sure enough, when I try to get to a website, no access. If I enter a static IP address, it zips right to the internet with no issues. I might add that I even used the same IP address that the dhcp server assigned when I entered it statically and it worked.
And, thanks to the school district, the solution:
It turns out it was a DNS issue. I have several DNS IP addresses I use. It’s a long story as to why but they are all necessary. Apparently Kindles and I’m sure a lot of other devices only accept one or two DNS IPs when set to DHCP. I’m basing that on the fact that if I enter the info statically, there are only boxes for two DNS settings. The DNS setting I was using when I set it up statically was actually 3rd on the DNS list at the DHCP server. When I moved the DNS that worked statically up to 1st on the list, everything started working as it should.
You can read the complete resolution of the issue--and the endorsement of the school district tech director who had to solve this--online at #BYOD Issues with @Amazon #Kindle #Fire.

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MTNestor62577 said…
Question, Mr. Guhlin- I enjoy reading your posts, although most of them are WAY over my head- I like to think that I might someday understand some of what you are posting about!! ;{)
I read this post with interest because, after Apple's textbook announcement, one of our families came and asked if they could get textbooks on Kindle. In looking at BYOD, do you see the availability of public school textbooks online? Is that something we should expect from our textbook companies?
@MTNestor62577, please recall that when I started writing, I didn't understand some of what I was posting about...writing helps me understand what I don't know. You might think of writing your own blog?

Right now, Apple and Amazon are locked in a titanic, zillion dollar struggle. Unless textbook publishers have locked themselves in to Apple only, then I would expect anyone/everyone to have etextbooks available in various formats. What I worry about is inequity. If your kid has an iPad, will he get a qualitatively better experience than a kid with a Kindle Fire or Kobo eReader?

If textbooks remain the static documents they have been, the standard eReader is fine. If Apple succeeds in making the textbook more interactive, we may all have only one choice when it comes to equipping our children for school...and that would be too bad, especially for the poor and children of educators.

Ok, so back to your question: Yes, I definitely see the availability of public school textbooks online and in various devices that will be sold by textbook companies. For example, a textbook company will offer a class set of Kindles with their textbook and make the rest available in electronic format to a school district, leaving it to the District to administer.

There is precedent for this based on math/science textbook adoptions as companies sell us digital projectors, laptops, and other media.

What do you think?

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