December 20th, 2006
The new Stuyvesant wireless Internet network has been inaccessible to many students who do not know the necessary password. However, according to Assistant Principal Technology Edward Wong, the password is available to all students.
Wong said that he provides the password to any student that approaches him. “He or she just needs to ask,” he said.
With the password, students with laptops can connect to the wireless Internet connection installed earlier this year by Wong end with funding from the Department of Education (DOE).
The wireless connection, accessible throughout the school, is separate from the land-based Internet connection available on the Stuyvesant computers with Internet access. “What most students don’t realize is that there are two networks in the building: the [DOE wireless] network and the Stuyvesant network,” said Network Administrator Camelia Papadopol. “For the Stuyvesant network, you just need the username and password you got at the beginning of the year. For the [DOE’s wireless] network, you need to go to Mr. Wong or room 222 for the password.”
According to Wong, the wireless Internet password is not more widely known because “not everyone uses it.”
Some students have been experiencing problems with the wireless Internet at Stuyvesant. “I’ve seen several kids sitting in class with their laptops, frustrated at their inability to get online,” said junior Lyubov Shamailova.
Wong said that buildings surrounding Stuyvesant may already be providing limited wireless Internet that does not require a password. “The signals from certain neighboring buildings, such as the Pan Latin Café and the retirement home, are strong enough to sometimes let a student access the Internet without a password,” he said. These occurrences are rare, however, and with the password, students can access the more reliable wireless Internet connection provided by the school, according to Wong.