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Wireless Work August 2, 2006

Posted by Michael McVey in Online Tools.
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wireless   When I arrived this morning, I encountered a team of four fellows who were running bright orange wires through the building. They cheerfully told me they were installing wireless in the building. I cheerfully replied that we already had wireless in the building and I asked who had sent them.As you may have read, the University of Arizona is implementing a total wireless coverage for the campus. That is a good thing. From what I recall, over $2 million has already been committed to the project. The college, right now, thanks to our Dean, Dr. Marx, has had wireless for almost 2 1/2 years in various places around the building. We presently have five access points, each carefully chosen for maximum coverage with the least number of transmitters. 

When the team completes work in the building, we will have 135 access points. Anyone should then be able to work wirelessly anywhere in the building, even in offices that had been shielded by wire mesh hidden in the drywall. The wireless coverage will, in effect, be much stronger and provide a better connection than the older wireless setup.  

The people from our campus network solutions team warned me there will be some training needed for my staff and the University of Arizona is creating pamphlets to inform students and faculty how to access the service. The University’s wireless team will be visiting in the fall to explain how it will work. 

I have to admit that I was quite put out and felt a little derailed by not receiving any advance notification about this. Apparently, the work around campus had progressed so quickly that the implementation team reached our building before we were notified.

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