Texas State University-San Marcos has installed a new computer networking system that has allowed virtually the entire campus to “go wireless.”
The installation was done by
Patrick Brennan of Texas State IT led the project. He said, “This technology allows easier placement of access points in open areas such as parking lots and playing fields and makes virtually the entire campus -- indoors and outdoors -- a WI-FI ‘hot spot.’”
Brennan said the network will be secure and will have an optional encrypted service for users in need of a more secure connection.
The new system provides campus wide wireless internet access for laptop computers, tablet PCs, and PDAs. Other uses are also possible, including radio frequency identification tags to track equipment, the ability for university police to download data to computers in their patrol cars, and the ability for faculty and staff to make their desk-top phone numbers mobile across campus.
Van Wyatt, vice president of information technology at
David Yuan, marketing manager of Cisco Mobility Solutions, said
“This will provide their students with a positive educational experience by having the ability to access e-learning content anytime and anywhere on campus,” said Yuan.