During Nov & Dec 2009, we max at around 50 students using wireless between 8am and 1pm. The wireless network gets exactly 10% of all campus bandwidth, or 1024 Kbps.
1024Kb ÷ 50 = 20.5 Kbps per student
Remember 56k modems? This is less than half that.
Further, the number of students doing high-bandwidth activities such as peer-to-peer filesharing, flash video from sites like YouTube, or personal file cloud-based backup software (like Carbonite) consumed an unfair amount of the network.
Earlier this week, we doubled the student wireless bandwidth – to 2048 Kbps – and introduced some filtering software to discourage those high bandwidth activities. The result is a much improved, usable wireless network for students. We’ll continue to work on the system with an eye towards making it more useful.