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07-26-2005 01:06 PM

Computers
 
Hey everybody! I'm Jenn from Bogota NJ. I went to Paramus Catholic High School. I was just wondering if anybody was brining a desktop in additon to their laptop. My IM is VCat72701 so feel free to IM me if I'm here. laterz

07-26-2005 01:12 PM

People do bring desktops in addition to their laptops. As there's only one ethernet jack per person in the room, you might want to bring a switch along with you.

07-26-2005 04:22 PM

FYI: Switches
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Zachary C. Kanfer
People do bring desktops in addition to their laptops. As there's only one ethernet jack per person in the room, you might want to bring a switch along with you.


If you bring a switch, make sure it doesn't also broadcast a signal that will allow you to wirelessly connect (I guess you would call that a wireless router? Somebody more computer savvy will verify that). I don't know if they mentioned this to you guys, but that's illegal at the school. I even think that Drew can confiscate a wireless router if they catch you using one. There is wireless on campus, and your laptops will be able to connect to it, but there is no wireless connection in the dorms yet.

07-26-2005 09:02 PM

I'm bringing my desktop. I figure that I'll probably just leave the desktop plugged in and transfer work off of it, I find it really hard to write long pieces on laptops... plus I like video games.

As for the switch/router thing I think that you can get wireless switches but they're different from routers. Switches don't do as many awesome things as routers (like DHCP... I think), they just split the signal up to be sent to different computers. Or at least that's what I've been led to believe.

Kevin P. Egan 07-26-2005 10:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Matthew J. Stuart
If you bring a switch, make sure it doesn't also broadcast a signal that will allow you to wirelessly connect (I guess you would call that a wireless router? Somebody more computer savvy will verify that). I don't know if they mentioned this to you guys, but that's illegal at the school. I even think that Drew can confiscate a wireless router if they catch you using one. There is wireless on campus, and your laptops will be able to connect to it, but there is no wireless connection in the dorms yet.

That is correct, do not bring a wireless router. People often do, and when they set them up, do so incorrectly and it just takes up space while potentially interfering other people from connecting to the drew wireless connection. Its true that it is very hard to get a drew wireless signal in the dorms (because the dorms have not been made wireless yet, academic buildings get priority). If you see multiple wireless connections, chances are the only you can and want to connect to is "drew".

Kevin P. Egan 07-26-2005 10:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Andrew L. Schaffer
I'm bringing my desktop. I figure that I'll probably just leave the desktop plugged in and transfer work off of it, I find it really hard to write long pieces on laptops... plus I like video games.

As for the switch/router thing I think that you can get wireless switches but they're different from routers. Switches don't do as many awesome things as routers (like DHCP... I think), they just split the signal up to be sent to different computers. Or at least that's what I've been led to believe.

Dont bother with a router, I asked during computer handout and it violates the technology agreement that you need to sign before you get your computer.

E. Axel Larsson 07-26-2005 11:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Andrew L. Schaffer
I'm bringing my desktop. I figure that I'll probably just leave the desktop plugged in and transfer work off of it, I find it really hard to write long pieces on laptops... plus I like video games.

As for the switch/router thing I think that you can get wireless switches but they're different from routers. Switches don't do as many awesome things as routers (like DHCP... I think), they just split the signal up to be sent to different computers. Or at least that's what I've been led to believe.

The device you are thinking of as opposed to a wireless router is a standalone wireless access point. Please don't bring one of those, or a router of any kind (wired or wireless).

The only item you should bring is a regular wired switch.

07-27-2005 12:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by E. Axel Larsson
The device you are thinking of as opposed to a wireless router is a standalone wireless access point. Please don't bring one of those, or a router of any kind (wired or wireless).

The only item you should bring is a regular wired switch.


Didn't mean I was going to bring one, just trying to clear up the router/switch thing.

07-27-2005 11:18 AM

I may be wrong, but my understanding is that eventually, the dorms will be wireless. of course, that might be after we leave drew, but feh.

Kevin P. Egan 07-27-2005 01:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Zachary C. Kanfer
I may be wrong, but my understanding is that eventually, the dorms will be wireless. of course, that might be after we leave drew, but feh.

Although the site is out of date (future plans include the summer before you and I even got here), it apears that eventually residence hall areas will be covered.

http://depts.drew.edu/cns/network/wireless/


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