Your Relay for Chrome Questions, Answered: Part 1

We at Lightspeed spend a lot of time conducting webinars to educate current and prospective community members on our newest solutions.

In every webinar, we receive dozens of questions about our solutions and how they work in a variety of environments.

In this two-part blog series, we’re revealing your most commonly asked Relay for Chrome questions and answering them so you can learn even if you weren’t on the webinar.

 

Is Relay cloud-controlled from the Lightspeed Systems Rocket appliance?

Although we offer Rocket appliances for web filtering, Relay for Chrome is separate from our Web Filter. You don’t need to buy any on-site appliances to use Relay; it lives entirely in the cloud. The cloud is secure and all data is encrypted, plus it’s redundant and scalable.

 

Do you use Relay with an in-house content filter, or does this replace a filter?

Relay for Chrome is a filter, so it can replace your existing filter and provide on- and off-site filtering for your Chromebooks.

If you’d like to use Relay in addition to another filter, you can either exclude Chromebooks from network filtering, or change your network filter settings so it doesn’t block necessary Relay URLs.

You can learn more about using Relay with a network filter here.

 

What comes preconfigured in Relay?

Right out of the box, Relay for Google Chrome is CIPA compliant in terms of rule sets. This way, it’s easy to get started with Relay as well as tweak the settings to your liking.

Learn more about Relay’s rules and internet settings here.

 

Please explain Relay’s installation process and deployment. 

Relay for Chrome setup is quick and takes just three steps to complete. Our goal is to make your job as easy as possible.

Read this to learn more about Relay’s installation process.

 

Can teachers see student Chromebook screens using Relay?

Powerful classroom management tools, including Classroom Orchestrator, are included with Relay for Chrome and all other Lightspeed solutions at no additional cost to you.

With these features, schools can monitor real-time device activity of individual student users. Teachers can also broadcast their screens, lock devices, record activity, share links, and a lot more.

Learn more about Relay’s classroom management tools here.

 

Classroom Orchestrator, available with Relay at no additional cost, gives teachers a dashboard view of student device activity.

 

Does Relay require use of the Lightspeed Systems Web Filter or Mobile Manager?

Relay for Chrome is a standalone product. It doesn’t require any other Lightspeed Systems solutions to work.

 

For a 1:1 take-home initiative, does Relay work when students are off-network?

More and more schools are seeing the value in 1:1 initiatives and at-home device use. Relay doesn’t stop working when the student steps off campus — it works anytime and anywhere student devices go. Coming this summer, After School Rules lets admins set policies based on day and time or IP address, so you can adjust students’ access when they’re using their devices at home or after school hours.

With Relay, IT can manage web access, YouTube and social media to keep students safe and focused, on- and off-campus.

With mobile devices, loss and theft are major concerns. That’s why we included the Device Detective feature in Relay to help you recover missing devices and maximize ROI of your Chromebook initiative.

Get more information on how Relay’s Device Detective can be activated and leveraged here.

 

When will Relay be available?

Relay is available now! If you have Chromebooks and need powerful tools to monitor students and prove ROI of your deployment, contact us to see Relay in action.

 

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