Why is the student internet (wireless/dorm) so slow?

While the speed of the internet for students is usually negligible for applications like e-mail, web browsing, and instant messaging, you are likely to notice a significant difference when viewing or transferring large files, or when using streaming sites such as YouTube or Netflix.There could be many reasons for this. Here are a few:

  1. Since the student wireless/dorm network is shared network, its data transfer capability depends on how many users are using the same access point. The larger the number of people using the same access point/network connection, the slower the performance of the internet.
  2. If you are far away from an access point, you will experience slower download rates. (If you are in any of the buildings on campus, the distance from an access point would not typically be an issue)
  3. Like any radio signal, wireless networks are vulnerable to interference from certain obstacles and other radio devices – such as microwave ovens, cordless phones, building walls, or even a person walking by.
  4. Excessive streaming and peer-to-peer file sharing applications can also contribute to slow network performance.