Kettering goes wireless

By Website Administrator | Dec 8, 2003

Kettering University now has forty eight percent wireless capability at selected sites on campus.

Kettering University now has forty eight percent wireless capability at selected sites on campus. Users can access the wireless network from the fourth floor classrooms in the and Electrical and Computer Engineering labs in the Academic Building, all meeting rooms on the fourth floor of the Campus Center, the International Room and the main lobby of Thompson Residence Hall.

"Locations to be installed in the near future are remainder of classrooms in the academic building and the new Mott Science Center," said Don Vantine, director of Information Technology. "The plan is to be 100 percent wireless throughout the campus by July 2004," he added.

"We chose areas in the first phase using the criteria of where the most users would normally congregate and want network access," said Vantine, "the Great Court, Sunset and Sunrise rooms and the Library were the first test areas."

Wireless technology uses radio frequency signals to carry the data from the client computer to a nearby network hub (access point). The network hub is connected to the backbone cable and routed around to the Internet and servers just as if it were connected to a network wall plug. Essentially, wireless technology allows network access without the wires.

The wireless system at Kettering was made possible through help from Hewlett Packard and EDS. Hewlett Packard donated three access points for the initial feasibility test along with a network design document. EDS donated the time and talents of two network engineers to do the site survey needed to finish the total campus design.

"In addition, Cisco gave Kettering a substantial discount on more powerful access points based on our relationship with EDS. We owe EDS a big thank you for all their help and expertise," Vantine said.

Written by Dawn Hibbard
dhibbard@kettering.edu
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