The computer network is fast and reliable. Most students bring their own computers and don’t rely on the computer labs, but many will freely recommend bringing your own computer primarily due to convenience. Many students like the freedom to work in places other than a computer lab. Illegal file-sharing is rampant, even though the Hopkins administration has been increasing security within the Hopkins network to discourage this behavior. Generally, labs are open only at certain times throughout the day, and in these labs, no one is available to help if you have problems. Printing is cheap but unreliable. If you don’t bring a computer, you won’t have any problem getting work done, but you may feel left out since you will be in the minority.
The computer network is entirely adequate for a school of Hopkins’ size. The Ethernet connection is fast and doesn’t slow down when many students are online. The main computer lab is open all of the time and is centrally located in the middle of campus. It is uncommon to have to wait for a computer. Except for losing information due to file corruption because of the high use of the computers, students have no complaints about computers or the network.