I am configuring a computer lab to be installed on the island of Taumako in the Solomon Islands. I had originally planned to provide shared data by attaching a USB drive to the wifi router and having the router serve it as an SMB share. But that would mean I need to run Kolibri on each laptop pulling content from the shared drive on the network, the way I am going to do with Kiwix and its Zim files.
Is that a feasible scenario? Or maybe I should use Kolibri to download the data I want and then munge the video files around into being just files on disk?
Adding a server isn’t out of the question, either. Then I could attach both USB disks to it at once instead of having one attached to the router and its clone in storage as a backup (getting hardware out there takes month, so all the singleton items are going out as mirrored pairs), make a RAID1 cluster out of them, and give the students a network share that wouldn’t die when one of the USB disks does.