University Wireless Initiative
The University is currently expanding the wireless network to enhance the student technology experience on campus
During the summer of 2010, a team of students, faculty and staff were assembled to review and recommend a new wireless plan for the University. The team conducted a student survey and leveraged classroom utilization data to set deployment priorities and define campus requirements, use cases, and priorities for expanding and enhancing the University's aging wireless network and wireless management infrastructure.
Based on the data collected and recommendations made by the "Wireless Futures Committee", the plan involved the following components:
- study and accomodate the "use cases" identified by students and campus residents
- define a forward looking "standard" for wireless access points and infrastructure
- identify and set deployment priorities for campus buildings and sites
- solicit a "phased in" funding mechanism for the plan from STEP/SGA
In December, 2010, based on the above plan, the SGA approved and allocated the funding necessary to begin the project. Information and Media Networks made the initial purchases of infrastructure hardware, management software, access points, and training. The first deployment was Dupre' Library.
Replacement of Legacy Equipment
Due to the success of the initial 2010, 2011, and 2012 projects and the necessity to replace older equipment, additional resources have been allocated to update several academic buildings in Spring 2018. These projects are currently underway.