Device overload in residence halls

Top 6 biggest bandwidth hogs this year, according to campus IT officers:

  • Smartphones
  • Desktop and laptop computers
  • Smart TVs
  • Video systems (DVD/Blu-ray players, Apple TV, Roku, Slingbox)
  • Game boxes (PS3, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360, etc.)
  • Tablets (iPad, Android)

LINK TO MAIN ARTICLE: Managing ResNet bandwidth

Devices of least concern to IT officers:

  • Wearable medical electronic devices
  • E-book readers
  • Remote control vehicles/smart vehicles (drones, scooters, etc.)
  • Wearable fitness trackers
  • Wearable educational technology (Google Glass, smart watches, etc.)

73%—Colleges that allow an unlimited number of devices to connect to the residential network

Source: “2018 ACUHO-I State of ResNet Study,” Association of College and University Housing Officers-International,

Esther Shein is a technology-focused writer based in the Boston area.

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