DSU Wireless Service Upgrade

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Many educational campuses from K12 to higher education struggle with providing sufficient wireless service to students, faculty and staff. Our system has grown in volume, complexity, and size over the years requiring more and more IT resources to sustain.

As wireless technology evolved, early designs called for sufficient coverage to enable mobile devices to connect and enjoy a seamless experience, which arguably, suffered from slower performance than today’s technology. Additionally, wireless service has changed over the years from a convenience to a necessity increasing the number of concurrent users and traffic intensive applications such as video and interactive media. Campus wireless networks are slowly catching up with this new reality and at a steep expense. Design has now shifted from coverage only to both coverage and density (for concurrent, active users).

In 2013, students voiced their considerable dissatisfaction with wireless service here at DSU and we listened intently. Since 2013, we have more than doubled our full and part time staff to focus on, and address, wireless services. Campus administration committed considerable funding to begin upgrading and adding wireless equipment to key buildings identified by our student government and we are dedicated to serving our campus to the last dollar. What follows below shows the progress of our improvements:

Campus:
Upgraded to redundant Cisco WiSM II wireless controllers from the old Cisco WiSM I controllers.

Gardner Student Center:
Added 23 New Cisco 3702I Access Points (4×4 MIMO) for high density.
Added 2 New Cisco Network Switches for Added Capacity

Snow Math and Science/Science:
Added 6 New 3702I Access Points (4×4 MIMO) for high density.
Added 5 New 3702I Access Points (4×4 MIMO) for high density.

Udvar-Hazy:
Changed Out 12 Older Cisco Access Points for 20 2602I (4 x 3 MIMO)

Work in this building is continuing as we expand service to each classroom. Currently, we are proposing an additional  42 access points for this building in one of our most ambitious upgrades to date.

These changes represent over $100,000.00  in funds committed by the institution and we’re not done yet.