‘GAC IT’ Category

Wireless Upgrades to Confer / Vickner Hall

The WiFi network in Confer / Vickner Hall has received a significant upgrade as part of our ongoing project to improve the WiFi network in the academic buildings on campus.  Last year the building had 13 aging WiFi access points.  This summer we replaced those access points with 22 of the latest generation WiFi access […]

Outdoor WiFi added to Johns Family Courtyard

A common request we receive at GTS is to expand the WiFi coverage in the outdoor spaces on campus.  As part of an effort to improve the WiFi all around Gustavus, we have installed a new outdoor WiFi access point on the wall between the Courtyard Cafe and the Johns Family Courtyard.  So this fall […]

DNS and Your Privacy

On April 1, 2018 Cloudflare released a new DNS service called 1.1.1.1.  One of the primary goals of this service is to allow users to hide their DNS requests from their ISP.   A typical home ISP ( like Comcast, and  Mediacom ) may be logging all the DNS requests you do, selling that information to […]

C in CC Streaming Stats and Bonus Time Lapse Video

  So just how many people watched the first ever live stream of Christmas in Christ Chapel this year?  Well, that is a tough question to answer.  It seems like that should be a pretty straight forward and simple answer.  Just count up the number of requests for the video file from our systems logs […]

WiFi Network Updates

Since the beginning of spring semester GTS has received a number of complaints about how the wireless/wifi network has been extra slow for them.  Many people mentioned that it was working fine last fall but that this spring it was significantly slower or basically not working for them at all, especially in the evenings. Between […]

New Webmail FAQ

Here are a few common questions we’ve received about the new version of webmail and their solutions. I am unable to login: Please clear your cookies and restart your browser. I liked the way the old webmail worked better. Can I still use the old webmail? You can make the new webmail work like the […]

Webmail Beta

Since this is my first post I should probably introduce myself.  I’m a 2003 Gustavus graduate, I operated a computer consulting business in the area before joining the GTS team in December.   I enjoy mountain biking and all things technology.  Hopefully I’ll assist with updating this blog a little more regularly and will try […]

Gustavus ranked #1 for IPv6 usage

According to the statistics gathered by Google, Facebook, and Yahoo, over 75% of our network traffic to their sites is being done over IPv6. This past June, Gustavus Adolphus College joined the World IPv6 Launch network operators list and publicly committed to supporting IPv6 on our campus network to the best of our ability.  So […]

Election night and its impact on our network

On a typical night this semester, the internet connection for Gustavus tends to max out at around 450Mbit/s.  But last night was a little different.  Last night was election night 2012 ( also a presidential election year ) and a lot of people were getting updates on the elections via the internet.  As a result, […]

Internet Upgrades

Over break we made four major changes to our connection to the Internet. For the most part, they won’t impact how you use the Internet on a day to day basis, but they should improve our systems behind the scenes. We upgraded to a newer router which should be able to take better advantage of […]