Gigabit Wireless Pilot

Project Description

To improve wireless network traffic, specifically in high-density usage areas, the existing campus Wi-Fi access point radios, 802.11n, was upgraded to the next generation Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ac.  This standard is also known as Gigabit Wi-Fi.  The 802.11ac access points provide transfer speeds up to three times faster than 802.11n, moving data from a previous maximum of approximately 450 Mbps (megabits per second) to a current maximum of 1.3 GB (gigabits per second).

Project Timeline

By the project completion at the end of fall quarter 2014, ITS had upgraded 550 existing access points and installed 209 new ones.

Student Benefits

Students now experience network speeds up to three times faster than the current Wi-Fi.

Students have greater network adaptability with current and future mobile devices as they are developed and delivered.

Faster network speeds further enhance students’ ability to access SSF resources and tools more efficiently and effectively.