Wireless expansion at UM
Recognizing the high demand for wireless network access in all campus buildings, UM committed $500,000 over two years to extend wireless access to all academic and administrative buildings on campus.
At the same time, it became clear that wireless access in residence halls was critical for student success and satisfaction. With funding from Central IT, Student Affairs and the Student Computer Fee Committee, six residence halls now have convenience wireless access available to all residence. The remaining three halls will be completed by the start of spring semester, 2014.
Convenience vs. dense wireless
Convenience wireless coverage uses a limited number of wireless access points located far apart. It is meant for lightweight network activity (like email and web browsing) with each access point serving about 25 concurrent users. Dense wireless coverage is designed to accommodate a high number of concurrent users in one area, such as a large lecture classroom.
IT is working with Access Consulting, a local firm, to design the wireless implementation. Each building will be designed for dense wireless coverage. In most cases, budget limitations will require initial implementation at lesser density, but as funding becomes available later, wireless density can be augmented in strategic areas.
Academic and administrative spaces
Group 1 priority
Completed or in construction phase
- Urey Underground Lecture Halls (completed in August, 2013)
- Upgrade of central wireless system controllers
In design phase
- Interdisciplinary Science Building (construction to begin late October)
- University Center (Construction to begin by January 1)
- Biological Research
- Clinical Psychology
- Chemistry Stores
- Missoula College (East)
- Missoula College (West)
- Natural Science
- Skaggs (will receive full building network upgrade)
- Stone Hall
- Vets Office @ 1000 E. Beckwith
Group 2 priority
- Facility Services
Convenience wireless access has been installed throughout the following residence halls:
- Aber Hall
- Jesse Hall
- Knowles Hall
- Craig Hall
- Elrod Hall
- Duniway Hall
The remaining residence halls, Miller, Pantzer and Turner halls, currently have wireless coverage in common areas (study lounges, TV lounges, laundry rooms). Convenience wireless will be installed throughout those halls by early spring semester 2014.