Hello UTC residents! Have you heard the good news? You’re getting a network upgrade if you live in UTC’s residence halls!
As Chancellor Angle mentioned, the current Wi-Fi in UTC’s residence halls isn’t able to support the huge number of devices trying to connect. This is because the current system wasn’t designed to handle the huge growth of mobile devices on campus. Students we’re bringing desktops and laptops to campus as their primary means of connectivity when the last residence hall wireless system was installed. Desktop computers were plugged in using Ethernet cables and laptops were the only devices connecting to the Wi-Fi. Smartphones, tablets, network TVs, wireless gaming consoles, and various multimedia devices hadn’t hit the consumer market yet. Wireless networks at the time were mostly thought of as a secondary means of connecting your devices, while plugging in was still the primary way of connecting to the network. As we all know, this has changed. The current wireless system in the residence halls is overloaded so the design needs to change to meet the connectivity requirements of all these newer devices and applications.
If you live in Boling, Stagmaier or Guerry Apartments, you may have already heard the knock on your dorm room door last week followed by a couple of UTC IT staff carrying in a ladder and various network gizmos. We will be visiting each residence hall to prepare for the upcoming wireless upgrades. IT staff are performing wireless site surveys so that we can decide where the best place is to install wireless access points (APs) in each building. We are collecting data on signal loss through walls, propagation, interference, and other RF characteristics in your building. Surveys in the rooms ensure that the new Wi-Fi design will provide you with an excellent experience with speeds to meet the needs of your wireless devices.