Monday, February 25, 2008

Straw Poll

In an article in today's Daily D a student claims that the new wireless network "Dartmouth Secure" is slower than the previous network "Kiewit Wireless." I've found the same to be true. Is that universal, or has someone had the opposite experience? Comment below.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Absolutely...not only is the connection slower, but it takes a good five minutes after starting up my computer for the connection to be made.

I more feel bad for the kids that are still suffering with Dartmouth Public though...

Nathan Empsall said...

I haven't noticed a change run time, but anon is right, it is taking longer to connect in the first place.

Given that the article quoted some students complaining about the complexity of the Secure setup process, I think it's important to note that Computer Services will do it for you. I took my laptop to them a few weeks ago for other problems, and as long as they had it they set me up with Secure.

RMS said...

By way of the authentication and higher security being used for Dartmouth Secure, it makes sense that the network would take longer than the previous Kewitt Wireless network. When connecting to Secure, the computer must negotiate a security arrangement. The connection during overall use should not be noticeably slower, however, for normal web-browsing use. This slight slowness, however, provides us the reassurance that our email and other traffic is not available to anyone sitting nearby with a laptop.