Archived post

This is an archived post. Please click here to see the latest entries.

« The Color of Justice | Home | Why Are You Here? Drugs. »


Dartmouth Dial-up

Dartmouth Public Splash.jpgMost schools that we visited this spring on a college tour had unsecured high-bandwidth WiFi that worked just fine for visitors. This was the case, too, for the College up until a few years ago. Today there is a distinction between the Dartmouth Secure and Dartmouth Public networks, the latter being open to visitors and alumni only after you have OK’ed a connection on a slow-loading splash screen (right) each time you get onto the network — and which has download speeds that make me recall the days of dial-up. Come on. A snail-like 0,49 Mbps from the school that pioneered academic computing? That may be better than my first 2,400 baud modem, but watching a YouTube video is a no-go.

However, despite explanations that Public was throttled down to ensure that students migrate to Secure, there is another high-speed network that is freely available in several places on campus sans passwords or splash screens: Kiewit Voice. No offence, but as a student might say: WTF? Why have a snail-like Public and then have download speeds on my iPhone 5 of 9.40 Mbps on Kiewit Voice — over 19 times the speed of Public.

Dartmouth Networks.jpg

This state of affairs makes no sense, but then a great many things about the College are irrational and inefficient. Why should computing be different?

Addendum: Although DHMC makes visitors endure a splash authorization screen, too, the other day its open WiFi network had a quick ping of 13ms, download speeds of 5.49 Mbps and upload speeds of 8.37 Mbps.

Addendum: An alum writes in:

You missed the real loophole: Dartmouth Library Public. High speed and not secure by design. Available in any building that houses a library.

Featured posts

  • August 14, 2013
    Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
    History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
  • June 25, 2013
    Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
    Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own interviews, a review of…
  • October 18, 2009
    When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
    We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
  • October 9, 2009
    D Afraid of a Little Competish
    So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
  • September 4, 2009
    How Regents Should Reign
    As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
  • August 29, 2009
    Election Reform Study Committee
    If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…

Dartblog Specials

Subscribe by Email

Enter your email address:

Help, Pecuniarily

Please note

This website reflects the personal opinions of its authors. Any e-mails received may be published along with the full name of the sender. If you wish otherwise, please say so.

All content appearing at Dartblog.com should be presumed copyright 2004-2014 its respective bylined author unless otherwise noted or unless linked to original source.

Advertisement

admin

Calendar

July 2013
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31

Search

Archives

Links