A faster network connection
The Kettering University Information Technology (IT) Dept. is currently installing new Cisco switches throughout campus.
The Kettering University Information Technology (IT) Dept. is currently installing new Cisco switches throughout campus, starting in Thompson Hall this November. This upgrade will make a dramatic impact on the network speed for Kettering users.
These switches will increase connection to the University server in several important ways. For example, the dormitory previously employed a 155 Mbps ATM Backbone. With the new switches, the IT Dept. will upgrade the backbone connection to a 1,000 Mbps, bringing a dramatic increase in speed. In addition, the connection to the server for each dorm room will increase from 10 Megs to 100 Megs. Dale Karbginsky, a Kettering network engineer who is overseeing this upgrade project, explained that this enhancement "brings the student dorm into the 21st century as far as network speeds are concerned." Within a year, the entire campus will utilize these switches as well.
In general terms, residents of Thompson Hall, who are the first to experience this new enhancement, will see a network speed that is 10 times faster than the previous system. Additionally, enhancements to the backbone will provide speed that is more than six times faster than what was available previously. This will increase productivity on campus for the students and greatly reduce waiting times for downloads such as data and web pages.
Karbginsky also said that these enhancements should reduce complaints about network slowness. "The old equipment equated to a 56k dial-up connection," Karbginsky said. "The new equipment gives the throughput equivalent to a T1 line." When the IT Dept. upgrades all switches throughout the campus in the next year, all users will experience this increased speed.
Cisco Systems provided Kettering with a generous discount toward the purchase of this equipment.
Written by Gary J. Erwin