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Network Upgrade Schedule

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Project Phases

UNDER WAY

Wired and wireless improvements: April 2019 and onward

This is the work that most people think of when they picture a network upgrade. We are replacing old equipment, reconfiguring existing gear, and installing new items across campus and at our network's core. During this phase, you will see the most tangible benefits, including increased speeds and coverage density.

This final phase will take at least a couple of years to touch all locations, and its exact timing will depend on things like funding and the results of any required RFPs. Speaking in general terms, this phase won't really have an "end." Once the entire campus has been updated, we will switch to a rolling lifecycle, evaluating and updating portions of the network on a regular basis with the most appropriate technology available at that time.

IP Address updates: Jan. 2019 - Feb. 2020

We will be changing the way network addresses are handled in some buildings. This work will cause a brief departmental printing interruption during the work. In some cases, OIT staff may need to update printer drivers on individual faculty and staff computers.

Cabling and patch panels: Feb. 2019 - Jan. 2020

This phase will begin during the winter and will focus on raising the standard of each building's cabling and infrastructure to support future higher speeds. Depending on the building, work could involve reclaiming and repurposing existing equipment, running new cable, changing the way traffic is routed, and installing fiber optic feeds.

COMPLETED

Fiber Optic Cable Work

Between December 2018 and March 2019, we added fiber optic capacity to the links between some buildings and our network core. This work was necessary to support faster speeds and greater coverage density.

Wired jack preparation and consolidation

Starting in late April 2018, OIT crews visited every room in every academic and administrative building on the Athens campus to prepare those rooms' wired jacks for the upgrade. During these visits, technicians verified the location of each jack, reconfigured connections as needed to make them upgrade ready, and consolidated those connections to reclaim unused or underutilized network infrastructure. Work included:

  • Moving a wired network cable from a wall jack to the network port on the back of a room's telephone.
  • Replacing multiple wall jack connections with a small network switch that lets multiple devices share a single jack.
  • Disconnecting a laptop from the wired network, with a recommendation to simply use Wi-Fi for that device.

Consolidating connections and repurposing the equipment freed up by those consolidations will reduce the cost of the upgrade. Every redeployed piece of network gear is one less item we will need to purchase.

Detailed Schedule

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Network Upgrade Schedule
Location Start End Description Impact
McGuffey Hall  01/27/20 01/31/20 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Old Laundry 01/27/20 01/31/20 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Ridges 38 01/27/20 01/31/20 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Transportation & Parking Services 01/27/20 01/31/20 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Ridges 39 01/27/20 01/31/20 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Parks Hall 11/18/19 11/22/19 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Research and Technology Center (R-TECH) 06/17/19 6pm - 2am Switch replacement After-hours outage
Clippinger Hall  03/25/19 06/30/19 IP Address updates Brief interruption to departmental printing. OIT staff may need to update printer drivers on some computers.
Lower Campus Grounds Maintenance Building 03/25/19 06/30/19 IP Address updates Brief interruption to departmental printing. OIT staff may need to update printer drivers on some computers.
Hudson Health Center 01/02/20 01/16/20 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Grosvenor Hall 05/28/19 06/07/19 IP Address updates Brief interruption to departmental printing. OIT staff may need to update printer drivers on some computers.
Grosvenor West 05/28/19 06/07/19 IP Address updates Brief interruption to departmental printing. OIT staff may need to update printer drivers on some computers.
Radio-Television Building (RTV) 06/17/19 06/28/19 IP Address updates Brief interruption to departmental printing. OIT staff may need to update printer drivers on some computers.
Schoonover Center for Communication 06/17/19 06/28/19 IP Address updates Brief interruption to departmental printing. OIT staff may need to update printer drivers on some computers.
Porter Hall 07/01/19 07/12/19 IP Address updates Brief interruption to departmental printing. OIT staff may need to update printer drivers on some computers.
Research and Technology Center (R-TECH) 07/01/19 07/12/19 IP Address updates Brief interruption to departmental printing. OIT staff may need to update printer drivers on some computers.

Siegfred Hall

01/02/20 01/09/20 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Margaret M. Walter Hall 01/13/20 01/17/20 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Residence Halls 05/06/19 08/09/19 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Alden Library 07/22/19 08/02/19 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Bentley Annex 08/12/19 08/16/19 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Cutler Hall  08/12/19 08/16/19 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Bush Airport - Snyder building 08/19/19 08/20/19 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Bush Airport - Fuller building 08/21/19 08/22/19 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Bush Airport - GPS hut 08/23/19 08/23/19 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Bush Airport - Grounds building 08/23/19 08/23/19 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Bush Airport - LAAS hut 08/23/19 08/23/19 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Bush Airport - Maintenance hangar 08/23/19 08/23/19 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Academic & Research Center (ARC) 09/09/19 09/18/19 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Chubb Hall 09/19/19 09/25/19 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Copeland Hall 09/26/19 10/04/19 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Glidden Hall 10/07/19 10/10/19 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Gordy Hall 10/14/19 10/18/19 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.

Grosvenor Hall

10/21/19 10/25/19 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Grover Center 10/28/19 11/08/19 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Irvine Hall 11/11/19 11/15/19 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Lindley Hall 11/18/19 11/22/19 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Morton Hall  11/25/19 12/02/19 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Porter Hall 12/03/19 12/11/19 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Radio-Television Building (RTV) 12/12/19 12/20/19 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Innovation Center 12/16/19 12/20/19 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Edwards Accelerator Lab 01/02/20 01/16/20 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.
Stocker Center 01/10/20 01/31/20 Cabling and patch panels Single 10-minute interruption for each jack and office telephone.