The Computing Lab at East Berkshire College

Rooms L126 and 128 are designated for use as our computing Lab at East Berkshire College. The rooms can be used together as one large suite suitable for 20-22 students or can be split into two smaller rooms using a folding divider door.

The lab consists of a suite of PC’s connected to the standard College network and below the desks are at least 24 PC’s configured for a private wired and wireless network used only by the computing department. This affords use the ability to allow students to install operating systems, manage  and configure them as well install and configure software applications and other hardware devices. Both computers are connected to one keyboard, mouse and monitor through the use of a KVM switch. Pushing a button on this device will switch between the College computers on top of the desk or the Lab private network machines underneath the desk.

The middle benches are ESD protected areas where students are able to assemble/disassemble computer systems and carry out other hardware maintenance that might form part of their course. The benches are covered in anti-static mats with plugs for attaching wrist straps to prevent static damage to sensitive electronic components.

The lab also has a large format plotter/printer capable of printing up to A1 size documents/posters. There is a scanner, printer, small photocopier and 3D printer.

To use this room, students will need standard College user accounts as well as an account on the Lab network.

Lab Rules

  • Do not touch equipment until told to do so
  • Always turn off the power before removing computer cases
  • Always wear an ESD wrist strap before you open up a computer case
  • Switch off mobile phones/devices unless your tutor has given you permission to use them in a classroom activity
  • Treat all equipment with respect
  • Always return equipment, chairs, software to their original location
  • Ensure the room is tidy for the next class before leaving

Technical Specifications

Custom built server: 2 x Quad core Xeon E5620 2.4GHz CPU’s, 15TB storage space in RAID configuration, 96GB ECC RAM, Windows Server 2012 domain

12 X Dell OptiPlex 9020 PC’s: Windows 7 Enterprise, Core i5-4670 3.40GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD

16 X Custom Built PC’s: Pentium Dual Core E5300 2.6 GHz CPU’s, 2-3GB RAM, 300GB HDD, DVD, Windows 7, 500GB HDD

5 X Dell OptiPlex 745 PC’s: Windows 7 Enterprise, 80GB HDD, Pentium D 3.4GHz CPU, 4GB RAM

5 x Dell OptiPlex 755 PC’s: Windows 7 Enterprise, 80GB HDD, Pentium Dual Core E2180 2GHZ CPU, 4GB RAM

12 x Dell OptiPlex GX520, 745, 620’s used on middle benches for assembly/disassembly

HP Designjet 500ps A1 plotter/printer

Custom Built PC’s: Core i3-2120 3.30GHZ CPU, 8GB RAM, Windows 7 Enterprise,

Raspberry Pi’s (Models A, B+, 2)

HTC Vive

Xbox Ones and PS4’s for games development

Meccano Meccanoid Robot

Lego Technics Robot Kits

Laser Cutter

HP LaserJet 4200n Laser Printer

XYZ Da Vinci Duo 3D Printer

HP Scanjet G2710 Scanner

Canon PC890 Photocopier

2 x smart boards with Hitachi CP-X440 and Epson EB1340wi projectors

Custom built 3D Games system (built by students): AMD Phenom II X 4 965 3.40GHZ 6 GB RAM (was 8 but 2GB was stolen), GTX460 Graphics, Windows 10, 1TB HDD, Acer GD245HQ 3d Vision Ready Monitor with Active 3D glasses

Courses delivered

  • OCR and BTEC Computing Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • HNC and HND in computing
  • Apprenticeships in IT
  • CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+
  • Cisco IT Essentials, CCNA
  • Access to H.E