Improving your Internet Connection at Home

When I wasn’t working at home, my internet connection was just fine in my house.  However, with two kids and me all competing for bandwidth, we realized we needed a faster connection.  

We went from 200 MBPS (megabytes per second) download to 1 GBPS (gigabyte per second).  We can now download files quickly, and our access to the internet is very fast.  We also improved our “upload speed” (how fast we could upload files to the internet – e.g., attach a document to an email or upload an assignment) from well under 100 MBPS to 1 GBPS. 

I live in a house in the suburbs, so I did this by:

  1. Upgrading our internet from broadband to fiber (this reduced what I was paying for internet)
  2. Moving our modem/router to a central location
  3. Creating a mesh network
  4. Connecting some computers to the router using network cables

Not all these solutions will work for all users due to cost, availability, or other issues. I live in a high-coverage area where fiber is relatively affordable.  Below are some suggestions for making your internet work better, from things you may have on hand (such as network cords), to new equipment (e.g a new modem/router), to upgrading your service.

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REVISED – Law Library Reopens Monday, August 24

Welcome, 1Ls, and Transfer Students! Welcome back 2Ls and 3Ls! With the move to remote instruction until at least September 8, the hours for the law library hours have changed due to changes in the building hours.

Law Library Hours (starting Sunday, August 23)

Sunday: CLOSED
Monday-Thursday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Friday: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: CLOSED

The Law Library is CLOSED for the Labor Day Holiday (September 5 – September 7).

Although the Library space is closed, our services continue. Please contact refreq@kentlaw.iit.edu with your questions. Continue to check the Law Library Blog for updates to hours and other announcements.

 

 

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Welcome 1Ls & Transfers: New Library Resources

Welcome to Chicago-Kent!  Below you will find the information you need to access library materials including Westlaw, Lexis, West Academic Study Aids (WASA), Procertas, and CALI.

Please set up your accounts now and let us know if you experience any problems.   Continue reading

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New & Improved: Managing your New York Times account

Current Chicago-Kent College of Law students, faculty, and staff may create individual accounts to access the online edition of The New York Times through the Law Library’s Databases page. 

We’ve updated the instructions on how to create and/or to renew a New York Times account using the Law Library’s page, which can now be done off-campus! Continue reading

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Congrats to our Procertas Winners and Keep on Learning Legal Tech!

Congratulations to our Procertas Word Brief Raffle winners:

  • Ricardo Santiago Juan
  • Elizabeth Camilo
  • Destiny Collins
  • Mariana Purpura
  • Emily Dybas
  • Elizabeth Cannon 
  • Samantha McHugh

If you didn’t get a chance to try out Procertas yet, you can still work on learning legal tech over the summer.  Get your Word, Excel, Acrobat, and PowerPoint skills up to speed quickly and easily using Procertas’ videos and assessment tools.  If you forgot your password, contact dginsberg@kentlaw.iit.edu.

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Update! Extended access for graduates for Bloomberg and Lexis

Good news!  Graduates can access Lexis until 2/28/2021 and Bloomberg until 6/1/2021.  We hope this helps!

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2020 Summer and Post-Grad Access to Westlaw, Lexis & Bloomberg

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Can you access your Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg accounts over the summer?  What about after graduation? The answer to both is yes, but with some restrictions for Westlaw and for graduates.  See below for more information. Continue reading

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Chronicle of Higher Education Access During COVID-19

The Chronicle of Higher Education contains college and university news, opinions, advice, and job listings. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chronicle offers insight and resources on online teaching, supporting students from a distance, and numerous additional issues confronting higher education in this unprecedented time.

If you are a Chicago-Kent faculty member, staff, or student who would like to access the Chronicle of Higher Education via Chicago-Kent College of Law Library, then please follow the steps below:  Continue reading

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Study Aids and Chicago Daily Law Bulletin in the Time of Covid-19

The Law Library is working with legal publishers as they temporarily remove paywalls and open access to various subscription services during the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope that these services can help you as you finish your semester in an online environment. Below we provide information about both current subscriptions and new temporary access options.

See also: Library Resources During Covid-19

 

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Electronic Access to Casebooks and the Bluebook

Updated: More Publishers Added!

Given the Covid-19 emergency, publishers of law school casebooks and texts have agreed to make many casebooks available electronically to our students for free. The Law Library is working out the details of remote access with the publishers. Each publisher has a different policy so please follow the guidelines below. Continue reading

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