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20 iPads to main Mac Wireless Network


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I'm looking into the possibility of a wireless network of 20 iPads connected to a main desktop Mac machine, something that could be used in a classroom or office presentation.

I need to address 2 important issues.

1. could the display of selected iPads be switched off via the main Mac?

2. could the content (pdf's/images/graphics) be locked? to prevent the iPad users accessing other material.

I'll probably need to highlight more questions when they arise but these ones are the most important, I bet this networking idea has been addressed before in something like a classroom or business presentation so any links or pointers in the right direction will be HUGELY appreciated.

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1.) NO
2.) You can use MAC filtering for the internet browser or turn the router off .
The content is consumed by apps so only the apps you load on it with an
iTunes account.
You can load what you deem by selecting each available area what to sync.
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cheers for quick feedback

Ideally the iPads can be either ALL showing content or ALL switched off via the person using the main Mac.

I'd also need to have security over the content being displayed, i.e if i were display a pdf document over the iPad network the person holding/using the iPad would not be able to view other pages by themselves (the iPad is merely a viewing device)
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Ideally the iPads can be either ALL showing content or ALL switched off via the person using the main Mac.

I'd also need to have security over the content being displayed, i.e if i were display a pdf document over the iPad network the person holding/using the iPad would not be able to view other pages by themselves (the iPad is merely a viewing device)
i think that many iPads you will need a wireless router not sure you can join that many on a Mac making it a router if you are talking internet.
The only way to switch the pad off is each pad individually by switch there is no remote command I know of other than wipe when stolen then it would have to be reloaded each time.

It would probably help if you went to the Apple Store and looked at how and what you can do with it for classroom and get all the ins and outs.
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You could try WebEx or gotomeeting. Those services are designed specifically for what you want to do. My company uses WebEx all the time to present information to various devices. Works well on iPhones and iPads.

There is idea flight for iPad to iPad.
Idea Flight | Get your ideas off the ground

Otherwise - I haven't seen anything ad-hoc like you describe work - too many connections, and the security is suspect.
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