OIT Communication Technologies has begun moving the campus wireless infrastructure to the latest Wi-Fi technology – 802.11n. This move was spurred by an increase in the number of wireless devices connecting to the campus network and an increase in bandwidth usage.
The new wireless access points are 802.11agn, which allows 802.11n-capable clients to connect at a faster data rate (up to 300Mb/s depending upon configuration and the radio frequency band). The legacy access points have a maximum data rate of only 54Mb/s.
ComTech has divided the campus into five zones for wireless access point replacement. The initial campus rollout, on May 11, included facilities on the College of Veterinary Medicine campus: the college, the CVM Research Building and the new Randall B. Terry Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center. Approximately 85 percent of all campus wireless access points will be converted this summer. The last zone, Centennial Campus, will be converted during fall break.More information about this project will be available soon on ComTech’s Wireless website.