Originally Posted by pete.i
Well when I worked in an IT department in a technology college over here I would help students who had problems accessing our networks whether it was by wireless or ethernet. As I said IMO the OP's tech dep cannot be bothered, and yes I know that happens frequently in institutions and workplaces, which, again, IMO means they are scamming it. I would have thought it would have been in the school's and the school IT department to ensure that the students get the best network and internet access that they can to further the students education. Without the students there would be no school.
That's america for you! Frugal, corner cutting, and lazy. God forbid anyone does something for the benefit of humanity and make a little less profit. Our ISP's are also stupid overpriced.
My current university is on a Wireless N network. The university where I attended my undergrad upgraded to AC wireless the second it launched and always had crazy fast internet. That was probably the exception I guess. That being said, I have complained to the IT department a LOT and they are in the process of upgrading the network. And to be fair the internet works just fine most of the time. It did improve over the summer.
In reference to the person who suggested a USB dongle, I used to use one on my old computer and that didn't really help things. Adjusting the power mode of the adapter (maximum energy savings vs maximum performance) doesn't seem to make a noticeable difference and I value battery life over wifi performance.