It’s 2:30 p.m. and you are trying to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on Xbox Live. You move around and notice that the connection is laaaaaaaaggggiiinnnggggg and then you get killed, which is followed by a controller being thrown across the room.Castleton State College students talk often about how frustrating the slow connection is.
“For a state school, they should have the best Internet possible since they are funded by the state,” said Castleton State College Senior
Bryce Meyers, an avid Xbox live player.
The gaming connections and downloading
of YouTube videos are slow because a lot of people are online at one time, according to Information Technology officials at the school.
The college is allowed 30 megabytes of bandwidth split equally between the academic
buildings and the residence halls during the day. At about 6 p.m., however, the bandwidth for the residence halls gets bumped up to 25 megabytes, according to Johnathan Czar, the network administrator for the college.
Students have long complained about the Internet connection on campus, Czar said. But while some students may think it’s just a crappy connection, IT employees have found that there is another culprit hindering Internet speed.
“We find that most of the complaints we receive are spyware issues on the student’s computer,” Czar said.
The school is getting an upgrade of 20 additional megabytes for a total of 50 megabytes; which will most likely dim the complaints for a while, according to Czar. He didn’t have an exact date on when the upgrade will take effect, however.
Although the bandwidth upgrade will improve the connection for a while, it may eventually slow down again with increased usage, IT officials said.
“It’s kind of like having a goldfish, no matter
how big of a fishbowl you get for it, the goldfish will eventually get bigger and you will need a bigger bowl,” said Chief Technology
Officer Gayle Malinowski.