Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Israel's leading technological university, right...

My university officially has the worst wireless network in the world. Here are some of the issues I have had. NOT ranked from most to least frustrating.

Sometimes the wireless signal just doesn't show up.

Sometimes the signal shows up and you can connect, but the network auto-disconnects you about once a second. Thus raising your hopes and then dashing them.

Sometimes it looks like you're connected, but you can't actually reach any sites. This state tends to come and go every once in a while, especially when you're doing important work.

Some internet sites take an unreasonably long time to load, even compared to the usual sluggishness of all sites, for no clear reason.

Some sites can NEVER be reached. This includes the information and help sites for the wireless network. (You can consistently access these sites from elsewhere.) There is clearly no ulterior motive here, none whatsoever.

Sometimes when you try to go to a site which can never be reached, it will automatically trigger ALL sites on the internet to become unreachable. This has happened enough that I'm convinced we are not talking about random network outages, which of course do occur, but rather about some deep linkage between network status and where you try to go.

Sometimes you type in an address and press return and you are taken not to the site you requested, but to some random computer gibberish site of unknown origin.

EVERY SINGLE TIME that you try to send an email, attach a file, or upload a file by the network connection hangs. That's right, it's impossible to send an email using wireless, even when all the above errors are avoided.

I'm normally a pretty patient person. At which point in the above list of errors (all but one of which I have encountered in the last 5 hours) do I have the right to get annoyed?

1 comment:

Rachel Adler said...

I think it's kind of ironic that you are going to grad school for engineering, and they have an awful wireless network.

Tel Dor had no wireless at all, which might be worse, or maybe not since at least there's no expectation of wireless...