Wireless Network Upgrade

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The goal of the wireless network upgrade project is to create an improved wireless network for UALR Campus-wide. In addition, logging into the wireless network is being upgraded to provide a persistent device registration process for your personal devices (e.g. notebooks, smart phones, tablets) which will eliminate the need to log in every time you come onto campus. Another major objective is to strengthen the wireless network infrastructure sufficiently to support these changes and include improvements for future such initiatives on campus.

Phase One of this initiative began November 2015 and included the following improvements:

  1. Upgraded wireless networking infrastructure in the East, North, and South residence halls. Completed in April 2016.
  2. Upgraded wireless network infrastructure in the Reynolds’ building.  Completed August 2016.
  3. Subsequent phases plan to address upgrading the network infrastructure for the rest of the campus.  The order in which they are to be upgraded is based on existing network conditions and needs.

Phase Two includes introducing improvements to the wireless log-in process for all of campus. Updates for this phase of the project include:

  1. Two new wireless SSIDs will be broadcast, UALR-WiFi and UALR-IoT. UALR-WiFi is designed for laptops and computing devices that understand 802.1x protocols. UALR-IoT is designed for Internet of Things (IoT) type devices such as game devices, multimedia streaming devices, and other technologies that don’t support 802.1x or have limited capabilities such as no web browser.
  2. On October 26th, 2016, these two new SSIDs are now being broadcast within the UALR residence halls and are accessible by a limited number of beta testers for evaluation and feedback.
  3. November 1, 2016, “New wireless experience is coming” announced to UALR campus.
  4. November 8, 2016, the two new SSIDs were broadcast across the UALR campus and made accessible to the wireless beta testers for evaluation and feedback.
  5. January 9, 2017, the new wireless authentication experience will be available campus wide.

Accomplishments

Work in Progress

  • March 2016
    IT Services is working on a new persistent log in system with an “always connected” service; meaning fewer logins to the wireless network. IT…  
  • January 2016
    By the end of January, users in the residence halls will begin to notice better performance. Continuing to improve the performance and reliability of…