Student Enjoy Wireless Access

Students in Combs Hall Enjoy the New Wireless Access

Wireless access is now widely available at UMW’s College of Arts and Sciences in Fredericksburg and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies in Stafford. The path to this result was a long one, beginning with a pilot project in the Spring, 2004 term that included portions of Simpson Library, the Woodard Student Center, and the Jepson Science Center in Fredericksburg, and portions of Building #1 at CGPS in Stafford. After the success of the pilot, senior university administration supported the Department of Information Technologies (DoIT) in an effort to install wireless access points in all academic buildings across both campuses. This project included surveys of each building to determine the best places for the wireless access points to be installed to provide adequate signal throughout the building. Another aspect of this project was the coordination of DoIT employees and outside contractors to perform the installation and configuration of the access points. With executive sponsorship of the project provided by Dr. Gardner Campbell from the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies, Infrastructure Services led the effort in integrating these new access points into the university network, while User Services and Training prepared materials and processes to support users of the new wireless network. This project was completed during the Fall, 2005 semester, and has since gone forward to include the installation of wireless access points in the commons areas of most student residence halls.