Update: Wireless Upgrade Project Completed!!

Update (November 16, 2018)

The IT Services team has successfully achieved a technological milestone on the UA Little Rock campus! The just completed campus wide wireless network upgrade project has replaced an outdated and inefficient wireless architecture with a modernized wireless system that is delivering blazing internet speed with greater coverage!

To celebrate the occasion, a recent event was held in the Nanotechnology lobby to mark this achievement. Vice Chancellors Steve McClellan (Finance and Administration), Dr. Mark Poisel (Student Affairs), and Chief Information Officer Dr. Thomas Bunton, joined Student Government Association President Larry Dicus in a ceremonial installation of the final wireless access point (WAP). In the course of the project more than 2000 WAPs were installed in buildings throughout the UA Little Rock and Bowen Law School campuses.

UA Little Rock has invested more than $5 million to improve the university’s core network environment which consists of technology that originally was implemented in 2008.

IT Services has been working diligently to upgrade the campus network with current technology to support the university’s teaching and research missions, both now and into the future. An immediate goal is to provide campus users a modern, wireless networking environment that is sufficient to support faculty, researchers, student, and staff needs.

Benefits of Upgrade

  • Significant improvement in capacity and coverage
  • Improved wireless to the latest 802.11ac standard 500Mbps (was 54 Mbps)
  • Faster Edge to Distribution link speeds now 10Gbps (was 1Gbps)
  • Redundant edge switch uplinks (all edge switches has 2 uplinks)
  • Improved wired edge port speed to 1Gbps (was 100Mbps)
  • Power redundancy for POE (Power Over Ethernet) devices
  • Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) throughout the network to provide for network stability

Progress Report  (July 31, 2018)

  • A year ago on July 31, 2017, UA Little Rock received the first of many truckloads of network equipment, kicking off a 5 million dollar project to completely modernize the network.
  • Over the course of late summer and into early fall, nearly 5,000 sf of warehouse space was occupied to store, inventory, and stage new equipment.  
  • 37 buildings have been converted over to the new wireless network in a matter of only 30 weeks and 1,800 Access points have been installed
  • A state of the art network core has been designed and deployed, and 2 sets of next generation firewalls have been configured and installed.  
  • Everyone in ITS has played a considerable and important role, from unloading equipment, configuring hardware, supporting users, updating the website, sending tweets, checking system status after firewall changes, to paying our bills and tracking invoices.

Project Schedule (Subject to revisions based on wiring contractor availability)

Windgate Center of Art & Design Completed
Donaghey Student Center Completed
Ottenheimer Library Completed
ETAS Completed
EIT Completed
Ross Completed
Dickinson Completed
Stabler Completed
Law School Completed
East Hall Completed
North Hall Completed
South Hall Completed
West Hall Completed
University Village phase 1 Completed
University Village phase 2 Completed
Speech / HR / Print Shop/ Communications/Procurement Completed
University Plaza Completed
SUA Completed
SUB Completed
Nursing Completed
Reynolds College of Business (RBUS) Completed
Fribourgh Hall Completed
Student Services Center Completed
Center for Performing Arts Completed
SCLB (includes Earth Science) Completed
Bailey Alumni & Friends Center Completed
Jack Stephens Center Completed
Administration North Completed
Fine Arts Completed
Power Generation Plant Completed
Facilities / Annex / Central Utilities 1 Completed
Education Completed
Physics & Astronomy Completed
Nanotechnology Completed
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