IT Services has completed the final phase of the network upgrade project, the wired port migration. This follows last year’s successful Wi-Fi refresh program that completely rebuilt and improved the wireless network on campus.
Since wired port migration began in January, IT Services personnel have enhanced 6,510 wired ports. These ports now provide improved Ethernet speeds (up to ten times faster) that enable more effective communication between devices on the wired local area network.
The IT Services team labored thousands of hours, including nights and weekends, in a labyrinth of cables and switches housed in 185 network equipment closets spread across 50 campus buildings. Those efforts produced a reliable and efficient Ethernet system that supports swift information access. Switch speeds have increased from 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps, and latency — the delay between a request for data and its transfer — has been reduced.
These wired port improvements support the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) migration, a project to replace the current phone system with network-connected digital phones. It also supports future growth needs, allowing up to 14,277 wired ports on the network.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact IT Services.