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IT Division bringing major boost to campus wireless capabilities

Contact: Mark Hughes, Associate Vice President for Technology Resources, 512.245.2501

November 1, 2016 – Texas State University will begin a major project to upgrade wireless capabilities on campus starting tomorrow.

Network Operations will begin putting new wireless network equipment into the Student Recreation Center and Sabinal starting this week, part of a multi-million-dollar project to comprehensively upgrade campus wireless capabilities. The work includes replacing existing wireless capabilities and expanding it into areas that previously weren’t served by wireless.

IT Division employees have been working with the vendor in recent weeks to survey buildings in preparation for the installation work, said Mike Krzywonski, Director of Network Operations at Texas State. Work on the project is expected to continue through January and includes installations at the Round Rock campus.

The goal is for wireless to be ubiquitous across campus, for every facility to have the capability to handle the demand for use by faculty, students, staff, and guests, said Ken Pierce, Vice President for Information Technology.

Texas State has offered wireless for many years. The current architecture was developed as a convenience Wi-Fi network.  The new network is designed to handle all of the requirements a university such as Texas State needs to deliver on its mission. The new Ruckus hardware will bring the entire campus up to the latest wireless standard - known as 802.11 AC-Wave 2 – supporting the latest mobile devices and providing the fastest wireless connections possible.

Pierce said wireless communications play a pivotal role in more advanced learning techniques, materials, and spaces. Many current and next-generation services on campus rely on wireless to function optimally as well.

Another goal of the project is to upgrade the equipment with minimal-to-no impact on campus operations. Current wireless options will remain in use while the new equipment is installed, said Mark Hughes, Associate Vice President for Technology Resources. The new equipment will eventually replace the old system, but the replacement is designed to be seamless for users, Hughes said.

If you have questions or need assistance with wireless access during the project, contact the IT Assistance Center.