Wireless Expansion - Centrally Funded EXPIRED
The University's current 5-year plan called for 100% wireless coverage for inside
locations normally occupied by students, staff, and faculty. To the best of
our knowledge, that goal will be met by June 31st, 2014 two years ahead of schedule.
While great news for coverage, it does mean that no further centrally-funded expansion
requests are being processed at this time. The University is investigating
starting another wireless expansion project to improve capacity, not coverage, issues
but no such project is currently underway.
Requests for Departmentally-Funded Coverage
If no central funds are available, if coverage is desired in areas not centrally-funded,
or if priority installation is wanted, the department or college is required to
pay the actual cost of installation. Costs for installation include the access
point itself, a software license, cable installation to the wired network, labor,
and sufficient fractions of network switches, central controllers, redundant controllers,
maintenance, et cetera necessary to support the access point in a seamless corporate
environment. The total cost for increasing wireless coverage per access point
is listed on the Cost Recovery page. Also note
that the University will soon begin the process of
upgrading to new wireless access points which may affect pricing.
For more information regarding installation charges and equipment costs, please
contact Mark Harsen or
Angie Cockrum in Networking and Telecommunications. (Note that each
person using wireless will cost $5 per month albeit most groups are centrally funded
such as students via SCUF and faculty by the Office of the President. See
University Access for more information.) To start
the process of getting a survey done on a given area, follow the guidelines below:
Ordering Service or Determining Costs Before Installation
You must submit an order with Networking and Telecommunications Services for both
service orders and for estimates for service orders. Inquiries without orders
will be handled informally are do not constitute a firm committment for price, coverage,
performance, et cetera.
The order and estimate procedures are essentially identical: Submit a work order
to Networking and Telecommunications Services, complete with budget number, specifying
that you want wireless services in a given area. If you wish final approval
of the order once total costs are known, simply state this on the order. However,
final approval is always sought for wireless orders regardless.
Along with your request please provide a list of room numbers for the rooms where
you are requesting wireless service. Also indicate any locations where you
anticipate a higher density of users. This would include large meeting rooms
or conference centers where 50, 100, to 200 wireless users could congregate for
special meetings or large conferences, seminars, or other special events.
If there is any confusion about the requested coverage area Networking and Telecommunications
will contact you for clarification.
Networking and Telecommunications would then design the appropriate service and
determine installation and equipment costs. The requestor would then have
the option of approving the plan and the costs as is, of cutting down on the service
area, and of canceling the work order completely. There is no cost associated
with canceling a work order provided that no actual installation work has been performed.
Once the order is accepted, the network is designed, and the requestor approves
the expenditure, Networking and Telecommunications will start working the order
as soon as possible. We keep a stock of wireless devices on hand, so installation
will begin once orders ahead of it are worked. When an order is accepted, the requestor
can ask for and receive an estimate of when the service will become operational.
Some outside locations are under study, and new designs (June 2014) have been forthcoming.
Because of the recent sketches by Planning, Design, and Constuction with Doug Sampson's
expert designs, outside wireless can now be ordered. Cost estimates will on
a project by project basis only as outside wireless is much more complicated and
results in much higher installation and maintenance costs.
Additional information can be found in other areas of the Networking and Telecommunications
Wireless Network page or contact