|re: "you have a 2 person dorm room with 3 network connections."|
True, but it's the location of the connections. On one side, they'll have to keep pulling the wire from up on the bed down to the futon, between the bed and the wall. I envision a broken cable very soon.
On the other side, it'll be from the desk, across 2 dressers, over the TV and onto the bed.
2 laptops on the futon isn't even possible at this point, unless I give them a really long cable from her desk, which will end up as a tangled mess of cable most times.
Sure that's all doable, but for the cost of a $10 switch and cables that I already own, it seems like an convenience worth giving them. Why is wireless so popular? So you can take your laptop and sit anywhere you want. They have that at home...I'm just trying to get "close" to that in their dorm room.
There's nothing like the feeling I get when my daughter says "Dad, you're the best!"