By Jason Gastrich
When students want the strongest WiFi signal, they won’t find it near the LAC B, C, F, O2 or MM buildings, because they’re using older technology.
Racy In, 25, a nursing major, likes to use the Internet in the Library. “I use it on my laptop in the library and on campus, but it drops, sometimes,” he said.
Associate Vice President of Instructional and Information Technology Services Jay Field said, “We see on average over 3,400 concurrent users on our wireless network Monday through Thursday. In a single semester, we have seen over 20,000 unique devices that have connected to our network including, cell phones, tablets, laptops, iPods, etc.”
He also said the strongest signals are coming from the new buildings from the bond project, the LAC’s T and A buildings and the PCC’s DD/EE buildings.
When talking about viruses, Field said, “We do not have many problems with viruses since the traffic is limited to HTTP/HTTPS and it is firewalled from the internal LBCC network. However, we do see many machines that connect to our network that are infected. We encourage users to make sure their personal machines have up-to-date anti-virus protection.”
Ian Eung, 32, a business accounting major, said, “I like it. I use it in the Library with my laptop and it’s reliable.” Eung is finishing his associate’s degree this semester and continuing his education at Cal State Dominguez Hills.
The LAC uses 208 access points to deliver the Internet to students. Access points deliver wireless Internet to users by connecting to a wired network or router. Field said the college has 26 Aruba (802.11n), 112 Cisco (802.11n) and 70 Cisco (802.11g) access points around campus. The wireless N machines run at about 100 Mbps and the wireless G devices go up to 54 Mbps.
When talking about Port 21 being closed, he said, “We have allowed only HTTP/HTTPS (ports 80 and 443) to reduce our security risk and potential bandwidth abuse. While (it) doesn’t include FTP, many applications today work as web apps using either port 80 (http) or port 443 (https).” In the future, the school may allow students to login to utilize more services, Field said.
Field also said he expects LBCC to upgrade to the 802.11ac technology when it becomes available in 2014. He also expects the college to add more wireless access points throughout the LAC to improve the signal strength.
Field said, “There is a technology oversight task force and we will need new student representatives next year. Students are also welcome to email me their concerns or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org or call my assistant, Kelly Garcia, at (562) 938-4535 to make an appointment to see me.”