Note: This article was originally published on our website in March 2013 and is being added to this blog for historical purposes.
The goal of this project is to increase the coverage and capacity of the campus wireless network to make wireless wherever a reality. It involves the conversion of the current wireless network to Cisco technology and installing nearly 4 times the number of wireless access points (WAP) that are currently deployed. A WAP is the receiver that communicates with the wireless transmitters in mobile devices like laptops, tablets and smartphones to provide network connectivity to campus and internet resources.
The first step in the process was to complete wireless coverage assessments in 42 campus buildings on the main campus, south campus and remote locations such as Moss Landing Marine Labs, 210 4th Street, and Reed Hillview Aviation. Engineering teams performed wireless radio measurements in each room of each building and used the results to determine the optimal location for wireless access points to be placed. The assessment process provided the design for the new wireless network and we have been installing network cabling to the new WAP locations. Work on this phase of the process will continue through Spring.
The next step, which is in the testing phase, is to enable the Cisco core wireless network technology to communicate to the WAPS and authenticate users for controlled access. Once this is completed, we can begin the conversion to the new wireless network which is scheduled for later this Spring. Because the conversion will involve outages, the work will be scheduled during off-hours, on a building-by building basis in coordination with building occupants.