Housing and Residences announces $1.9M refresh of residence networks

Over the next 8 months, the department of Housing and Residences will be upgrading wired and WiFi Internet services throughout all of its residences, and adding campus WiFi to Columbia Lake Village–North (CLV-North).These upgrades represent a complete refresh of the current network services, and will provide full dual band a/g/n WiFi service in all Waterloo Residences buildings. In addition to tripling the number of WiFi Access Points to address coverage issues, and respond to increasing usage, CLV-North will also be provided with campus WiFi service, eliminating the need for cable modems in the units.

Combined with the $1.2M Campus WiFi Upgrade already under way, these projects represent a $3.1 million investment in services of direct interest to students, and demonstrate the University’s commitment to providing network connectivity for students. 75% of the University’s network traffic is from WiFi and residence networks, and 95% of the usage of WiFi is by students.

The University increases its external Internet capacity by about 40% per year, imposes no monthly usage cap on WiFi, and provides free guest access in certain locations.

Campus-wide, free, high speed WiFi enhances teaching and learning activities, gives students easy access to on-campus and off-campus resources, enhances student quality of life, and provides the foundation to develop mobile applications in the future.

All upgrades are expected to be completed by April 2014.

Thanks to our guest bloggers, Sabrina Hutchison, Housing and Residences, and Bruce Campbell, IST.

Article also appeared in the Daily Bulletin.

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