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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
April 17 may have been a day of missed deadlines for many tax payers, but for OIT it was a day to get ahead of schedule - with WiFi.
OIT announced that Alden Library, Baker University Center, and Stocker Center will be added to the NextGen wireless pilot on April 30, seven days ahead of schedule. "Testing went so well, that we decided to go ahead and expand the pilot a week early," said Rick Manderick, OIT director of infrastructure.
With support for automatic logins, faster performance, and seamless roaming from building to building (once more locations come online), that decision should prove popular. Starting April 30, those features will be the default in Alden, Baker, and Stocker.
Anyone interested in learning more about the NextGen wireless network is encouraged to bring their favorite WiFi device(s) to the Tech Depot this Friday, April 20 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. During those hours, OIT infrastructure staff will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate how the new wireless will work.
Once the pilot expands on April 30, anyone with a valid OHIO ID will be able to connect to the "OHIO University" wireless network in Alden, Baker, CSC, Stocker, and WUSOC.
University-wide roll out of the new service remains on schedule to begin during June 2012. The project is expected to take up to one and one half years to complete.