University Park, Pa. -- A map that provides students, faculty, and staff with a snapshot of wireless locations throughout University Park is now available via the Penn State Wireless Web site at http://wireless.psu.edu/locations.html. This wireless "map-shot" was recently created from information derived from the ITS wireless registration database -- and indicates that over 100 buildings currently have wireless networks across the University Park campus.
According to Steve Updegrove, senior director of ITS Telecommunications and Networking Services, wireless registration was implemented several years ago to promote sharing of wireless information among organizations at each of Penn State's campuses.
"We encourage departments and offices throughout Penn State to register their wireless coverage, if they haven't yet done so," he said, "it's important for our community to have an accurate picture of wireless capabilities at each of Penn State's campuses."
After a wireless network is installed, the IT administrator for that area needs to complete or update information in the database, so that community members will be aware of all the wireless areas that exist, Updegrove explained.
Authorized participants can register via a secure Web form by choosing, “Register My Wireless Network,” at http://wireless.psu.edu/. However, only individuals designated as administrative, technical, or security IT contacts in their areas are authorized to complete the form. Registrants can then choose “Display Locations” at the same site to view the comprehensive list of wireless University locations (including their own area).
In addition to providing a summary of wireless locations, the registration process also assists wireless network administrators in maintaining the safety, security, and integrity of the University's network.
The next Where's Wireless "map-shot" will be updated and re-posted at the beginning of spring semester 2009. Please visit http://wireless.psu.edu/ by Dec. 17 to ensure your wireless network information is registered and up-to-date for inclusion in the new map.