New wireless network a perfect study setting

Friday, 12 September 2003

A new high-speed wireless network at the University of Adelaide is the ideal mix of the old and the new.

A wireless network enables users with laptops and other portable technology to access a range of services without the need for physical connections and defined locations.

The network, available free to university students and staff, takes in the lower part of the North Terrace campus and includes the magnificent Reading Room in the Barr Smith Library. It has already been praised by students, who say it provides the perfect setting for learning and study.

Students can use their laptops to access email, send assignments and browse the Internet in the Library, the adjacent Barr Smith Lawns, and the nearby Student Lounge and Rumours Cafe.

Final year Mechatronics Engineering/Arts student, Alex Long, who has already tried out the new network, says it makes studying easier and more enjoyable.

"It was great - it was really simple and easy to use," she says.

"I tried it out in the Reading Room in the Library and it was a fantastic experience - there you are sitting in this grand hall with so much history and tradition, and you're sending emails to your friends and looking on the Internet."

For fourth-year Computer Systems Engineering/Maths and Computer Science student Antonio Giordano, the network gives him the luxury of using his laptop outside.

"You can grab a coffee, sit down at an outside table or on the Barr Smith Lawns, and use your computer in a much more relaxing environment," he says. "The wireless network is just as fast as the wired networks in the computer rooms on campus and you can do it in your own time at your own pace."

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