The ITS department is constantly working to make sure that there is enough capacity for all students, faculty, and staff to use their computers to the fullest extent here on campus. With technology changing as fast as it is, we change our internet bandwidth (or pipe) to match that.
As of 2007, we had increased our bandwidth to 100 megabits per second. In only one year, it was already maxed out! By 2009, it was more than doubled to 250 megabits per second. Then, earlier this year, we doubled our bandwidth once again to 500 megabits per second. However, we’re not stopping there; before the end of the year, we will switch from 500 megabits per second to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps).
You may wonder how this breaks down per person. First of all, this applies to both faculty/staff and students. There is no differentiation between the two roles in regards to how many megabits are assigned. Currently, every user has 4 megabits per second when using wireless and 8 megabits per second when using a wired connection. For those unfamiliar with how megabits work, let’s just say that’s a lot!
One important thing to note is that while 4 megabits per second is plenty, you may want to consider plugging into the network jack in your dorm room if you’re going do something that’s “network intense.” That is to say that if you plug in, not only will you double your megabits per second, but unlike wireless where you have to share, those megabits are dedicated just to you! So keep plugging away on the internet for all your studying (or Netflix) needs; with all these megabits flying around, there’s plenty for you to use!