How can I increase the speed of the internet?

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:




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2015-08-13 17:00
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