Wi-FiWireless access at the Medical School is getting a much-needed boost with the ceiling installation of 204 wireless hot-spots throughout the building.

Wi-Fi was originally installed in the Medical School in 2003.  However, since departments generally had to fund their own wireless hot-spots, coverage within the building varies widely.

The campus wireless upgrade project, part of an Information Technology Capital Improvement Plan, includes the addition of new wireless access points, as well as the replacement of old technology with new Cisco Wireless Access Points.

“This will extend campus Wi-Fi to all floors,” said Nelson Horridge, director of Communication Services. “However, this will not affect cellular phone capabilities in the Medical School. Campus wireless and commercial cellular voice technologies are two different things.”

Every floor of the Medical School Building will be included in the upgrade, as well as those in the Replacement Research Building. At a cost of $200,000, the Medical School project is expected to be concluded by the end of April.

“In addition to the hot-spots, the project includes the installation of new hardware and software to help us manage the wireless environment to improve the customer experience,” explained Troy Fontenot, manager of Network Operations.

As a handy reference to the devices:

  • A steady blue light means someone is using the Access Point
  • A steady green light means that the Access Point is operational and waiting for someone to use it.
  • A blinking red/green/blue means that either the Access Point is looking for a connection to the network. If this persists, contact Network Operations at 713.486.9269
  • No light means that the Access Point has lost power.  Contact Network Operations at 713.486.9269.

-Darla Brown, Office of Communications, Medical School