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In recent years, wireless capabilities have not kept pace with demand. Five years ago, when the IC wireless network was launched, very few students brought laptops to class. Now, the majority of students have multiple wireless devices that they use throughout the day. The use of smart phones has dramatically increased while cell phone companies have limited data plans, driving users to wireless networks. ITS is aware of the issues with our wireless network and will be doing a "site" survey of the wireless network in academic and administrative buildings this semester.
This survey will involve a room by room, building by building analysis to identify what changes need to be made to the wireless infrastructure. Once the survey is complete, we should know how many access points (APs) are needed, the kinds of antennas that should be used, where the gear should be placed and in what density, and how much this remediation will cost. Having this information will help us create a plan to enhance wireless access across campus.