Internet scheduled to arrive on campus this semester
Mall will become the guinea pig for laptop accessibility on campus.
A new wave of the wireless revolution is scheduled to arrive on campus
this semester when the area between Sadler and Reed halls becomes
The access point or antenna will be purchased and installed once funding
comes through from the House of Student Representatives, Dave Edmondson,
assistant provost for Information Services, said in an e-mail.
The Bass Building, Mary Couts Burnett Library, Smith Entrepreneurs
Hall and the Student Center Lounge and Ballroom are currently the
only locations on campus with wireless capabilities.
Being able to set up your laptop to a wireless network offers
more options to locate for group work, said David Watson, the
House treasurer and finance chair. More specifically, the Sadler
Mall wireless access point will allow students and faculty to study
outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.
Watson was chair of the Permanent Improvements Committee when the
House passed a bill in November providing $1,625 to purchase the wireless
An antenna will be installed on the east wall of the Student Center,
Watson said. The access point broadcasts a radio wave that is picked
up by the computer.
The computer and the access point then interact and transmit information
back and forth, Watson said. The access point will be a permanent
part of the campus, he said.
I think its a great idea, said Brent Hogan, a senior
political science major. But I wish we also had it in the dorms.
Hogan said he hopes that someday wireless access will be available
anywhere on campus.
The House voted in the fall of 2003 to allocate money to install
one wireless access point, Watson said. We felt like wireless
access is a growing desire of college students and many other campuses
around the country have recognized this.
Val Lund, a senior communications studies and Spanish major, said
the new access point does not make a difference to her.
To be honest, I really dont think Ill ever use it,
Lund said. I dont carry my laptop around because I dont
have access in my classes.
Although Lund thinks she may never use the access point, she said
its a good improvement on campus.
It brings a different atmosphere, she said. Most
of the time youre sitting in a computer lab. Going outside would
be nice for a change.
To set up a laptop for wireless use, Watson said students must have
a wireless card/address. Information Services recommends a Cisco wireless
card on the Computer Help Desk Web site.
They need to register it with TCU, Watson said. They
need not contact anybody if they register online.
Watson also said all wireless access, including the new location,
has standard TCU network protection.
For instructions on setting up your wireless Internet and to register
your wireless card/address, visit (http://www.is.tcu.edu/helpdesk/students/wireless).