This week, network engineers completed the replacement of all network systems, including a much-needed upgrade of our wireless network. Our goal was to complete this work before the start of classes, and with your help and support, we got it done just in time. I appreciate everyone's flexibility in updating the campus network. I realize it's never a good time to lose your network connection, even for a short time, but this was necessary so we could replace the aging campus network with modern equipment.
I've heard from students, faculty, and staff across campus, thanking Computing Services for bringing a "faster, better, stronger" campus network to Morris! Several students shared network speed tests with me, showing fantastic speeds on our campus network. I'm always glad to hear this feedback! It has been our pleasure to update the network for you.
I also recognize that the network isn't great everywhere. For example, some of the residence halls have poor signal strength in some rooms, and some areas of Science are getting a week signal, if at all. (Some of these spaces did not have wireless network coverage before.) So while the hard part is over, we are not done yet.
We have always planned to go back to several areas on campus to expand our wireless coverage. We will also measure wireless network performance to see where else we need to extend our campus network, focusing first on student areas. You will see improvements to the network over the coming weeks and months.
I wanted to share our priorities in the next steps for the campus network:
First, we are working to bring wireless to the soccer field by the end of August.
Next, we plan to enhance the wireless network in the residence halls. We want to make sure all rooms can get onto the wireless network.
Then we will look at other areas on campus where we need to extend our wireless coverage. This will include enhancing our existing wireless, plus adding new wireless in spaces that do not currently have wireless networks.
You will see improvements to the network over the coming weeks and months. I'll keep you updated as we make progress.