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Old 01-27-2008, 01:32 AM
Neal B. Day
 
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Why does Drew require us to buy a laptop and yet the campus is not wireless. Sure, some of the classrooms are, but I think the dorms and the library need to be. I know this is probably not CNS business, but I just can't figure out why we need a $1600 computer, but Drew won't get us wireless.

Otherwise, I wanna say CNS does a great job fixing computers and everything.
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Old 01-27-2008, 07:25 AM
Lauren E. Cordes Lauren E. Cordes is offline
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if i remember correctly, i've heard talk about getting to the point in time where the whole campus WILL be wireless.
but until then, drew does provide us with internet jacks at pretty much all of those locations where wireless internet hasn't been installed.
maybe when the semester starts, weisbuch will have open hours and if this is really a concern, people might be interested in going to talk to him about it?
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Old 01-27-2008, 07:27 AM
Lauren E. Cordes Lauren E. Cordes is offline
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also, i forgot to mention this -- i think drew requires us to buy a computer so that we are all able to be connected to the 'drew network.'
but when i was first coming to drew, there was an option of opting out of buying a new computer and bringing your own. i don't know much about that process, however, because i chose to buy one.
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Old 01-27-2008, 09:21 AM
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First on wireless:

There's a summary of coverage available at http://depts.drew.edu/cns/network/wireless/. The Library is completely covered, as well as nearly all the academic spaces, and the UC and Commons.

The notable exceptions are Mead Hall, the Forum, and most residence hall rooms. As Lauren mentioned, in spaces such as the residence halls, where we have wired connections for each student, we have less wireless coverage, although we have been trying to enable lounges as we see fit (Welch-Holloway and Tolley-Brown for instance).

It is our eventual goal to increase wireless coverage. We're a little bit in a holding pattern at this point, as we wait for the 802.11n specification to be accepted. This is the new standard that supports much higher speeds and increased reliability. If we make a significant investment in new wireless now, we'll be stuck with the equipment for 3-5 years and won't be as able to take advantage of new technologies. We're hoping to put 802.11n compatible equipment in the new residence hall, for instance, and the plans do call for complete wireless coverage in the building, as well as wired jacks for every bed, and a wired connection in the common rooms of lounges for such things as gaming systems and DVRs.

We do have a small budget for wireless, and if there's some specific public area you think is worth enabling we'll take it into consideration.

Secondly, the mandatory laptop program is primarily to provide you, the student, access to your own 24-7 computer lab. By requiring a specific configuration, we're able to manage the machine and its configuration better, from providing warranty support to simplifying software configuration. Faculty can use the computer inside and outside of class knowing what you have and how it works. If you go to another school of our size, you will find literally hundreds more lab computers, which we don't have because we rely on the laptops.

We have a mechanism for excepting out of the process, but it's predicated on having an equivalent machine (a business-class laptop of similar specifications, with an equivalent warranty) and evidence that a student will be able to manage the configuration without the resources that we can provide the standard laptop. Out of the students who apply we find that only a few meet those requirements. We're always looking at how to improve this situation--trying to have some flexibility while ensuring adequate computing resources are available for academic work--and appreciate input. Overall, though, our program is successful based on the feedback we receive.
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Old 01-27-2008, 09:30 AM
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That makes sense. That would a pretty bad investment if we were to get old technology as new ones were coming out.

I guess the only concern about wireless in the dorms is the fact that I'm in a triple, we have all the jacks in the the tiniest corner in out room (we have a fireplace and the door on each side) so the jacks won't reach our desks. Otherwise, I have no problem with wired internet.

Thanks for the quick response though
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Old 01-27-2008, 11:32 AM
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If you go to the Computer Store in the LC they can get you 25 foot network cables. That should help.
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