Good initiative in this pandemic times.
I have couple of questions:
1. Regareding Camera:
- I want to buy a camera for Remote exam. However, I am not sure on how to check compatibility. Is there a list of compatible external cameras?
- What is the OS used in 'live USB ISO' or 'rhrexboot.iso' that will be used to setup exam environment.
2. Regarding Network:
I have two internet connections, a wired broadband connection and 4G mobile internet . Both meet the speed requirements i.e. Download speed requirements of 768Kbps and
upload speed requirements of 512Kbps
If the primary network connections (broadband) goes down during exam. Lets say for 15 min.
- Will I be able to switch to my mobile 4G connection?
- Will I be able to connect back again after 15 min if switching to mobile internet is not allowed?
- Will I be able to reschedule the exam if above two are not allowed?
Hi @Sarang ,
1.1 There is no such list officially. What is officially requested is an external webcam with at least 1m cable. Unofficially, some candidates are sharing their experience here:
1.2 The OS is Fedora 32.
2. I think, it's a difficult topic to answer and something that the proctor will have to evaluate with all variables at hand and discuss with the candidate. In general, it also depends when the interruption occurs. See the FAQ and Getting Ready documents, links available in the supported hardware camera topic link I shared above.
As for the actual 4G, it also depends on it's connected, the only supported method are wifi and ethernet cable. Therefore, it it's connecting to a 4G hotspot, and using wifi for the Remote Exam Laptop, I guess it's ok. If it's about using a 4G modem directly, it's not in the officially supported hardware.
1. Can I say that external Webcam that works well with Fedora 32 will also work with live USB ISO ?
Of course, I will consider other factors, 1m cable length and Camera clarity.
2. 4G internet will be available as wifi hotspot ( lets say "Vodafone-4G"). I think that should not be a problem as 'live USB ISO' will treat it as any other wifi hotspot.
The broadband connection can also be made available through wifi hotspot( lets say "airtel-wired").
The important point for me is to know if I can switch between hotspots "airtel-wired" and "Vodafone-4G" if one goes down during exam. Can you help me on this or direct me to any useful discussions?
Hi @Sarang ,
I need to clarify something practical with the teams about your question.
For now, this is in the FAQ:
"Answer: If network connectivity problems arise within the first 30 minutes of the exam and you are unable to resolve them, you can request to discontinue and reschedule your exam attempt. If you are able to resolve the issue quickly, you will be able to resume where you left off once you boot to the live USB and connect to the exam environment."
I understand the core question now is if you can switch wifi hotspot during the exam. I will check on that and let you know.
If there is an internet issue, you will have to reboot the laptop to the RE image, go to the wireless network settings and connect to the back up connection. Rebooting will not impact your exam. The Proctor will suspend your exam session till you are back.
Nevertheless, I am highly doubtful if a 4G connection will be sufficient to have a smooth exam experience. The performance may be significantly impacted.
this is my first redhat exam (EX280) and I'm trying to schedule it asap.
I've bought camera, took notebook especially for the exam as soon as my working laptop is not eligible to start from external drives due to security policies, I've uploaded my goverment issued local ID with photo on Friday and still didn't get an approval. I think I'm half way to the exam and can't predict if the process should finish by the end of September to give me the chance to access EX280 before it's withdrawal.
Do you consider new applicants to pass exams? If yes, could you please help?
Pre-approval of ID verification shouldn't take such a long time as weeks. Can you please log a ticket at https://rhtapps.redhat.com/comments/ so that the team can check the details and revert to you?
Hi @Yousuf ,
Internet speed tests available on the internet choose the nearest server to test bandwidth and hence realtime results can be quite different. The download/upload test of our compatibility test looks at the speed to access Red Hat servers and hence it will be different based on distance, time of testing, etc.
Please try conducting a few more iterations of this test at different times of the day to see if the failure is consistent.