USC Wireless outages lead to frustration
Posted December 5, 2012 at 9:56 pm in News
USC Information Technology Services is working to solve a hardware problem that has affected the USC Wireless and USC Wireless Plus networks since Tuesday.
Technicians have confirmed the problem is related to the networkâ€™s hardware, but the cause of the issue is still unknown, according to Kevin Durkin, director of communications and marketing for ITS.
â€śSince we havenâ€™t fully diagnosed the issue, we have no timeline on when it will be fixed,â€ť Durkin said.
Durkin noted that the wired Internet network has been unaffected by the glitch.
Chris Amezcua, a freshman majoring in business administration, said the problems with the Internet have made completing the final assignments of the semester extremely difficult.
â€śEveryone has papers due and especially research papers, which you need the Internet for,â€ť he said. â€śItâ€™s crunch time right before finals, so itâ€™s the worst timing possible.â€ť
Since the technical difficulties with the wireless networks began, Amezcua has been using an Ethernet cable to complete his assignments.
According to Robert Hernandez, an assistant professor of professional practice at USC Annenberg, the issues with USCâ€™s wireless networks have disrupted his lesson plans and impacted his studentsâ€™ final projects.
â€śWe are a digital class. Most of us are very dependent on Wi-Fi. We are starting to code, so technology and, of course, Wi-Fi, is the backbone of this class,â€ť Hernandez said. â€śWhen something like this goes down, it really is crippling, not just for my class, but for everyone. You donâ€™t have to be a digital journalism professor like I am to be affected.â€ť
Durkin said ITS plans to send out a notification when the problems with the wireless network are fixed. The ITS website is also being updated as technicians learn more about the issue.
Katherine Sun, a freshman majoring in business administration, said the problems with the Internet have forced her to look for other ways to get online.
â€śIâ€™m thinking about going to Starbucks off campus to complete my homework,â€ť Sun said. â€śItâ€™s a very inconvenient time for this. I canâ€™t believe this happened during finals.â€ť
Jordyn Holman contributed to this report.