Historically, the Gettysburg College student population has had a love/hate relationship with the campus network. When it works, everyone is generally happy. When it doesn’t, it usually occurs at a really bad time (i.e. finals week, mid-terms), and everyone falls into near-hysterics. To the school’s credit, the network over the past few years has never been down for any long periods of time, but the lack of reliability has undoubtedly caused many an extra sleepless night for students having to redo a paper or salvage a Web site.
Gettysburg has allowed students to purchase laptops through Dell at a slightly discounted rate for a few years. Starting in 2008, the laptop purchase program was expanded to include Lenovo and HP. Lightweight notebooks from different vendors are currently being considered for inclusion in the program. All computers purchased through the laptop purchase program include all options and accessories necessary to succeed in accessing both the wired and wireless network on campus. This sounds good in theory, but its effectiveness hinges on the reliability of the school network, which remains slow, restrictive, and failure-prone.