During the past years we have increased our internet speed by over 150%.
The fastest internet connection is to use a wired connection with a data cable instead of a wireless connection.
Wireless connections are shared between multiple computers, and works best for light-weight tasks such as:
- Checking Email
- Web Browsing
- Accessing Library Databases
- Using Blackboard, Webtools, and other SMUMN services
In all instances, a wired data connection will be faster since it is dedicated to just your computer. It is recommended to use the data jack for these activities:
- Video streaming including Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc.
- Taking online tests in Blackboard
- Playing online video games
- Downloading of large files
- Running updates on your computer
- Video conferencing and Skype
Other tips to speed up your internet connection:
- Do not use peer to peer file sharing programs
- When you are done using a program such as Skype, sign out and exit the program
If needed, stop at the HelpDesk to get your free network cable!
Here is a diagram of how the connections are layed out in each ResHall room: