Every day the number of laptop computers, tablets, smartphones and other WiFi enabled devices brought on to UoN campuses continues to grow.
On a typical day during semester, approximately 14,000 individuals using 20,000 individual devices connect to the University WiFi network.
The University is committed to keeping pace with this growth and has allocated significant funding and resources to provide tangible improvements to the coverage and quality of the WiFi service.
This project will improve the user experience of the UoN wireless network by:
- increasing the wireless network capacity in high use areas identified as a priority,
- increasing the amount of area covered,
- ensuring reliability of connection, and
- simplifying connection to the wireless network for new users and devices.
Already in 2014, over 650 additional WiFi access points have been installed in key areas including the Auchmuty, Huxley and Ourimbah Libraries, the NIER and Engineering Precincts, Newcastle CBD, the Life/Medical Sciences precinct, and student social areas at Callaghan and Ourimbah.
Work is currently underway in the Hunter Building, Chancellery, Callaghan student accommodation areas, and Ourimbah campus, with the aim of completing the vast majority of student learning areas by the start of Semester 1 2015.
The work that is either completed or planned will provide 1200 additional WiFi points (on top of the 900 existing access points).
The overall impact will be a noticeable improvement in performance and coverage of wireless connectivity.