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University Computer Center
2801 W. Bancroft
MS 202
Toledo, OH 43606-3390
419-530-2400

Information Technology
UTMC | Dowling Hall
3000 Arlington Avenue
MS 1079
Toledo, OH 43614
419-383-2400

ithelpdesk@utoledo.edu

Wireless

1.) What’s different about the “next generation” of wireless technology?
2.) Where has it been deployed?
3.) Where is it coming to next?
4.) Will laptops and other wireless devices need to be re-configured to use the new network?

1.) What’s different about the “next generation” of wireless technology?

The next generation of wireless technology supports what is called the ‘N’ protocol. The IEEE is the standards body that manages many technology standards, including 802.11, the wireless protocols. Recently, the standards body ratified the 802.11n standard. From a user perspective, this standard supports connections up to 300mbps, compared to 54mbps for the A/G standard. If the wireless adapter in your computer supports the N protocol, then you will be able to take full advantage of the enhanced features (i.e. security and speed) of the new UT wireless network. If not, that’s ok, our network will continue to support the protocols used to access the existing UT wireless network (typically referred to as A or B/G).

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2.) Where has it been deployed?

Installation of the first phase of the new wireless network was completed in November. This phase targeted the common areas of all residence halls, Stranahan, CBLE, Rocket Hall, Palmer, Plant Operations, Child Care Center, etc. New high-speed wireless access points were installed in the meeting rooms, dining areas, lounges, and common areas of all residence halls on campus.

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3.) Where is it coming to next?

Throughout the 2010 calendar year the new wireless network will replace all existing wireless access points on campus. In addition, virtually all indoor space on main campus that is not currently covered with wireless will be covered. There will be multiple crews working different locations concurrently to expedite delivery of this network. As the roll-out across the campuses begin in early January, IT will include in its weekly change notifications to the campus the buildings to be worked on week by week. Current early adopter plans include the smaller non-academic buildings on the south side of main campus and the Collier and CCE buildings on HSC.

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4.) Will laptops and other wireless devices need to be re-configured to use the new network?

No, any computer that currently works on the UT wireless network will continue to work with the new network. That said, if your computer will support the N protocol (many will, depending on age) then you probably want to re-configure your wireless settings to use it. Instructions for configuring devices will be located at the IT website: http://www.utoledo.edu/it/NS/UTNet_Connections.html.

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