I'm curious about the concept of "College Student Market". We have
several thousand students in our dorms who only have two choices for
Internet service - our dedicated Ethernet or their dial-up (which they
would have to pay for). We firewall them, packet shape them and don't
pay much attention when they saturate their router. Housing has a
choice to use campus services or go outside for Internet service - a
much more expensive choice considering the amount they pay the campus.
On Sun, 14 Mar 2004, Sean Donelan wrote:
A student in a college dorm room with an uncontrolled DHCP address may not
be able to run a server, even though they have more than enough symetric
Gig-ethernet bandwidth and you know what dorm it is physically located
because all student servers look alike. On the other hand, a mobile
This is a topic I get very soap-boxish about. I have too many problems
with providers who don't understand the college student market. I can
think of one university who requires students to login through a web
portal before giving them a routable address. This is such a waste of
time for both parties. Sure it makes tracking down the abusers much
easier, but is it worth the time and effort to manage? This is a very
legitimate idea for public portals in common areas, but not in dorm rooms.
In a dorm room situation or an apartment situation, you again know the
physical port the DHCP request came in on. You then know which room that
port is connected to and you therefore have a general idea of who the
abuser is. So whats the big deal if you turn off the ports to the room
until the users complain and the problem is resolved?
I guess this requires very detailed cable map databases and is something
some providers are relunctant to develop. Scary thought.....