I wanted to share this brief update on our campus network upgrade. As you know, Computing Services is working with the Twin Cities Office of Information Technology (OIT) to upgrade the network across the Morris campus.
In mid-March, we replaced the devices that run the "core" of our campus network. Since then, OIT network engineers have been visiting each of the campus areas to review network configuration and wiring. This review should be complete in the next week or so, around Friday, June 1.
We already have started work to install network fiber across the campus. The fiber will support our new network, but otherwise should be invisible to you after the work is complete.
Once the fiber installation is complete, we will begin upgrading network devices across the campus. This should start around Monday, June 18.
We are still working our the exact schedule (dates and times) for this next phase of the network upgrade,and we will share that with you very soon. Our intention is to schedule the work so to minimize disruption to the campus, similar to how we managed the network changes in mid-March. We will take extra care to work around summer classes.
We still anticipate completing the network upgrade ahead of Fall classes in August. We want to welcome our students with a faster network, and better wireless coverage.