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Most students have their own laptops, making computer labs almost obsolete most of the time. Computer labs can still get crowded near the end of the term for students that require high processing power and cannot afford a high-end computer for personal use. It is also important to realize that UBC provides a great amount of options in terms of IT services, such as wireless printing from your laptop. Most students are simply too ignorant to learn about these services, and as a result, hog public computers for a simple print job that can be done through their own computer. Service staffs are always around and eager to help students with questions or technical difficulties connecting their personal laptops to the UBC servers.
The UBC Secure wireless network available in all university buildings is incredibly fast but also heavily monitored. While you can get up to 10 Mbps using UBC Secure, the IT office can pinpoint you and your location in a matter of minutes, as soon as they detect an illegal activity such as torrenting. If you are caught for more than one infraction, they can lock you out of the system for an entire academic year. As far as reliability goes, the network is generally very reliable. The service can black out for a few hours on average once a year, but generally it is always up and running and available when you need it.