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>>Actually... after having switched 10Base-T Ethernet in your dorm room
>>at school which eventually leads to a T3 line out the rest of the
>>Internet... even 128kpbs ISDN seems slow, and 28.8 is intolerable! :(
>>I've had rates as high as >340K/sec (YES, kiloBYTES per SECOND)
>>downloading Quake shareware off ftp.cdrom.com! but that kinda of
>>performance is kinda rare... more like 20-80K/sec typically.
I was only giving an example of the speed of the network on a fairly
large file... I wasn't saying that's what I necessarily do all day...
>No wonder college costs are spiraling out of control. Academia needs a
Perhaps... but the school I just graduated from (UCLA) has had the
network (for dorm residents) and SLIP/PPP dialups (for off-campus
users) only since September 95. Before that, the general student
population had next to nothing in terms of Internet access (at least
provided by the school), they only had email capability and Usenet
news on a fairly arcane IBM mainframe running MVS. There was no web
access (even via a text browser), only Gopher on it.
In the case of the dorm network, it eliminated a potential 6000 users
(out of about 34000 students + staff and faculity) from dialing into a
limited pool of modems (which is rather expensive to setup and
maintain). As a side benefit, dorm residents got awesome speeds. :)
There are many other universities that have installed networks in
their dorms and provided dial-up access to their students, staff, and
faculity. I wouldn't be surprised if some of it is just in response
to competing schools and having to keep up...
As for my school having something like this, it's at least something
to show for considering that UCLA is considered to be in a sense, the
"birthplace" of the Internet. It was node number 1 (amongst 4) of the
> 28800 Modem FAQ: http://www.aimnet.com/~jnavas/modem/faq.html