Wireless networks coming to residence halls on multiple campuses

Housing will begin providing wireless networks this May that will eventually service all Penn State student rooms and apartments. Information Technology Services (ITS) will install and manage the large network for housing that will cover all residence hall buildings at University Park as well as the Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Erie Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton and Mont Alto campuses. The project will install approximately one access point radio in every three-student room to ensure robust network coverage. The estimated 4,200 access point radios will broadcast both the psu (authenticated) and attwifi (guest network) network IDs.

“We realize how important wireless connectivity is for our residents and are excited to begin moving ahead to provide reliable wireless network coverage across all residence hall living areas.” said Stan Latta, assistant vice president for housing and food services and residence life.

Installation for North Halls and Eastview Terrace is planned to be completed over the summer. The new Chace Hall and renovated Haller and Lyons halls will open this fall with comprehensive wireless coverage. Installation will continue in the fall and is expected to take 12 months to complete all University Park residence hall buildings. Installation will continue at the eight commonwealth campus locations.

 

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Last Updated July 15, 2013