Reported by Stuart Neatby
Despite widespread use of two dedicated networks across campus, many Langara students are finding Wi-Fi access to be elusive.
Langara students have access to the Langara networks, and the eduroam network is a dedicated service offered across several post-secondary institutions including UBC and SFU. The Langara network is administered by the Langara IT Department, whose staff provided no comment.
Wi-Fi access unpredictable on campus
But, many students find that both networks can often be plagued with slow network speeds, as well as a tendency to drop signals.
Nora Wirth-Farkesvolgyi, a student in the web and mobile app design and development department, finds that she is disconnected frequently from the eduroam network in Building A.
“Normally I try not to move, because then I meet some problems,” she said.
The Voice spoke to 12 students about their experiences with Langara’s Wi-Fi. All had experienced being dropped from networks while moving between buildings on campus. Others spoke of blind spots or slow coverage, especially in Building A or B.
Connection issues a problem
Most students often switched between the two networks depending on their location, which is a solution that is often recommended by the IT Help desk in the library, but still experienced connection issues in some areas.
Shahed Aljermashi, a second year general arts student, generally uses the eduroam network and she finds the connection drops quite frequently.
“It’s mostly ok, but it loses a lot of connection sometimes for no reason, especially in the B building, the underground classrooms,” she said.
Langara is a member of BCNET, a not-for-profit IT collaboration between universities and colleges in B.C.
According to Tamara Klein, BCNET’s communications manager, Langara has recently connected to BCNET’s advanced network, which runs at a speed of 100 Gigabytes per second.