There’s nothing more exciting than waking up to a bright, beautiful morning, turning on your laptop to dropbox that paper you nearly developed carpal tunnel creating the night before, when you click and discover the Internet is down. Such a realization hardly registers as a surprise actually, considering its steady reoccurrence so far this semester.
For the new school year, the Office of Residence Life has replaced private routers with wireless Internet. It seemed like a promising step in the right direction and we certainly didn’t mind the idea of getting rid of all the inconveniences of routers and bulky Internet cables.
But to say the road to easy wireless access has been flawless would rouse even the most technologically declined students into debate. Depending on the residence hall, there are gaps in speed and efficiency, which only serves students with a hot plate of doubt fresh from the oven.
In previous years, personal routers limited an Internet loss outbreak to a single apartment. While the router was repaired or replaced, an Internet cable plugged into the network acted as an instant fix. School technology consultants also overlooked such an inconvenience, as routers were privately owned and not serviced by the university.
Since the swap, such a large wireless network risks an even greater population of students temporarily losing access if the system is damaged or shuts down, as was seen little more than a week ago.
For nearly an entire day, Internet was a no-go in all residence halls. Suddenly, clicking the swirly fox to simply check email or creep on Facebook came to a screeching halt with an error message. With this potential for sweeping outages, the CIT Techs on campus definitely feel the heat.
Because wireless access was announced before students arrived, a back-up cable was likely tossed into a closet and left at home. Obviously, this sets up a serious roadblock for homework, which is great news for slackers, but an anxiety attack for serious studiers.
Thankfully, whether that cord is dug from the bottom of the closet or by making a trek to the Cofrin Library, Internet access is still available for students.
“As long as I have Internet somehow, I’m indifferent,” said Torey Hilt, senior human biology major.
New technology is always bought with a cart full of quirks, bugs and difficulties that could pop up at any moment. Remember when Netflix first promised instant shows and movies straight to your computer and television? Everyone did a double take.
Despite its inconveniences so far and considering it has been operating less than a month, we like to think wireless access still has the potential to fulfill its hopes and expectations. Such wonders would allow for that video with the chubby cuppy cake boy to stream without interruption while Google prowls for all the right images for a killer Powerpointpresentation. And those Aaron Rodgers pictures for your laptop background, too.
To keep with the positivity theme, the wireless network is, at the moment, working seamlessly. If the network should crash tomorrow, then the time may have arrived to unleash the horde of avid YouTube fans on the unknowing, unfortunate tech guys. Or maybe we should just allow the necessary time that may be needed to smooth all the kinks. That might be a little easier.