This lack of net access is driving me bonkers too. I actually forgoed sleep this past night, coming into the lab around midnight and I've been here ever since tapping away. The problem is the lab computer pretty much bites. It's slow and obnoxious most of the time but there's no better solutions.
If I buy the dell it can be here within 2 days and I blow 1k (and end up with something like 3 working monitors in my apt among other things).
If I let stacy's husband do it it'll take weeks if not a month but only cost probaly half the price.