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October 04, 2013
Vol. 55 No. 5

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Wi-Fi put to the test

While the battle between Apple and PC may never end, all computer, phone and tablet users agree that Wi-Fi is a must to get the most out of their devices.
Susquehanna has provided all students with access to free Wi-Fi on the majority of campus. While students enjoy being able to update their Instagram during dinner or tweeting about the squirrels around Smith, some said they believe more access should be available in residence halls, mainly on Liberty Alley and University Avenue.
Sophomore Madison Summers is a resident of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority house on University Avenue, which does not have Wi-Fi, and said she believes Wi-Fi in residences is an amenity all students should have access to.
"I go to the library a lot and use their Wi-Fi. It works well, however it's an inconvenience to not have the same access in our house as we do on the rest of campus," Summers said.
Network Service Technician Michael Eyer works to fix and maintain all telephone, wiring and television issues on campus.
"Currently, the Crusader network is available in all residence halls except University Avenue and Liberty Alley. It is also in Fisher and Seibert," Eyer said.
Residents of University Avenue have come together to form the Avenue Council to deal with issues regarding the Avenue, such as the lack of Wi-Fi access.
"There is one representative for each house, and we focus on a lot of issues, a main one being the Wi-Fi. Our main concern is that we're paying for on-campus housing, but we lack many of the amenities, including Wi-Fi, even though we're paying the same amount," Summers said.
For students on campus who are able to access Wi-Fi from residence halls, there are various complaints about the quality and speed.
"There are two different reasons why people complain that the Internet is being slow. Number one, they may be on the wrong network. This means they're on the SU-Guest network for their computers or mobile devices. Or they could be on the Susquehanna network, which could be overloaded," Eyer said.
Eyer used the image of a hose to compare the network and how fast or slow it moves. The more things that are trying to come out of the hose, or the more megabits being downloaded from the server, the slower it's going to work.
Summers said: "I lived in Reed last year, and it was great having Wi-Fi right in my room. I liked the ability to study in my room and to move around and study."
Speed Test is a free application available for download on tablets and smart phones that measures the Wi-Fi downloading speed in a certain location. West Village, Degenstein Campus Center, Blough-Weis Library, Aikens Hall and Fisher Hall have access to either the Susquehanna or Crusader networks. These various places, which are spread out across campus, maintain consistent rates of about 33.5 megabits out of a scale of 50 megabits per second downloaded.
The test was run during various times throughout the day, including noon, 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. When connected to the correct network, students shouldn't have any problems being able to access the Internet. During busy times such as midterms and finals, however, students on campus may find the network to be busier than usual.
Students with any problems with Internet connections should contact the IT Help Desk.

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