Added dial-in ports to provide server accessJan. 21, 1997
$14 service connects outside users to e-mail, Internet, Student Stuff
By Randolph Tjahjono
Relief is on the way to alleviate the long lines that are so common in the computer labs around campus.
Starting this week, the Baylor Center for Computing and Information Systems will make available a University-wide dial-in program.
The only alternative available for students until this month was a dial-in service provided by the Hankamer School of Business. The short supply of computers and the lack of available alternatives have frustrated students for years.
For $14 per month plus sales tax, students will be able to connect to the University server and have full connection to the University computer networks.
The service includes e-mail, access to the Internet and to various other information systems on campus, including Student Stuff.
To help students connect, CCIS will give various software such as Netscape and Mail Drop to students free of charge and bulk up the help lines.
The University plans to offer these services year-round, but students attempting to connect from outside Waco will have to pay long-distance charges.
Unlike the business school, which only has 32 dial-in lines, the University offers 92 dial-in ports which should support 900 to 1,000 students.
'We will upgrade the number of lines in conjunction with demand,' Dr. Donald Hardcastle, director of CCIS, said.
The goal of CCIS is to include having one dial-in port for each 10 students who sign up for the service and maintaining a 10-to-1 ratio as additional students sign up.
This goal was set up to counter the tendency for students to dial in for long periods of time, causing bottlenecks during peak hours.
'Obviously, some people will log on for longer periods of time, but we hope it will not become a problem,' Hardcastle said.
'We will monitor the situation, and if it does become a problem, we will deal with it then,' he said. 'We hope to have enough lines so that this will never be a problem.'
CCIS is also wiring campusdormitories so that students with computers will be able to access the server from their dorm room.
Currently, CCIS has wired 170 rooms in Penland and Memorial Residence Halls.
Officials plan to have every room in every dorm wired within the year.
In addition, the dial-in service provided by the School of Business will stop after the Spring semester.
The University had been trying to implement a campus wide dial-in system for 14 months.
Hardcastle said the University has had talks with such national carriers as MCI, Sprint and AT&T, but negotiations broke down because none of them would provide the University with the acceptable quality of service and level of support for which the University was looking.
Eventually, the University decided to implement a system themselves.
To find more information about the dial-in service, go to the University home page.
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