ACU’s Wi-Fi network may seem inescapable to most students on campus, but University Park residents don’t share that sentiment.
“Internet is available, but you have to use an Ethernet cable,” said Nicole Thoreson, freshman graphic design major from Shoreline, Wash. “ItÊ¼s rather frustrating that I am confined to my room and canÊ¼t access the internet anywhere other than my room.”
Jordan Hatcher, resident director of UP, said she receives grievances about wireless Internet accessibility from tenants regularly.
“The biggest complaint we get is they donÊ¼t have it in their room,” Hatcher said. “We just explain its in the clubhouse, and they can come down here and deal with it.”
However, students are able to connect to the Internet using the Ethernet port located in each bedroom, which limits the users’ mobility to the length of the cable. The Ethernet option does make some devices useless for surfing the web, said Jared Perkins, senior sociology major from Saginaw.
“ItÊ¼s very irritating that UP doesnÊ¼t have Wi-Fi as it tethers students to an Ethernet cable. It prevents mobility of Internet access around the apartment, meaning you canÊ¼t work on homework while sitting on the couch,” said Perkins. “iPads and iPod Touches canÊ¼t use internet either since they donÊ¼t have Ethernet access which is inconvenient for some people.”
Hatcher said, “I really donÊ¼t think itÊ¼s that big of a deal; they do have Internet access in their rooms, itÊ¼s just not Wi-Fi, and they can come down into the clubhouse and use it.”
Structurally, UP wasn’t designed with the goal of optimizing Wi-Fi capabilities, so an upgrade would be necessary. Hatcher said there are no immediate plans for Wi-Fi to be installed in the complex, but it might be a possibility down the road.