New faster wireless in some buildings on campus

Posted on September 9th, 2010 by

Over the summer, Gustavus Technology Services’ Core Services staff installed new wireless access points in several buildings on campus. The new access points should be faster and be able to scale better to handle more computers using our wireless system.

The new access points have been installed in:

  • The Library
  • Old Main
  • Nobel Hall
  • Carlson Administration Building
  • Lundgren House
  • Sohre
  • Pittman
  • Norelius sections A, E, and C
  • College View

The new access points are made by Aruba Networks and should be faster than the old access points because:

  • They support 802.11n which has a max speed of 300Mbps instead of 54Mbps
  • Each access point is actually two access points in one. One access point uses the 2.4Ghz spectrum we have been using and the other uses 5Ghz spectrum, which allows for much faster speeds but for shorter distances.

The new access points support several features which we think will allow even better results. We are experimenting with those and would like your feedback. If you connect to the network GACsecure with the password adolphus we think most users should see better performance. A small number of users might have problems with that network. If that happens to you, we’d like to hear where you were when you had trouble and what type of computer you were using.

So, if you live, study, or work in one of the buildings above, how is wireless working for you this year? We’d love to hear your feedback, e-mail or comment here.


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