GW adds hundreds of Wi-fi hot spots to campuses

Wireless connections in 15 campus buildings will see fewer glitches because of upgrades this summer. The remaining buildings are planned to have the new access points by early fall. Hatchet file photo.

The University installed 650 new Wi-Fi hot spots across GW’s three campuses this summer to curtail Internet cutouts.

Upgrades in major residence halls like Ivory Tower and Amsterdam Hall will make Internet connections more reliable, Division of Information Technology’s Chief Information Officer David Steinour said.

“This project will rectify any coverage issues, provide the latest infrastructure, equipment and software to manage and troubleshoot any future issues and allow for future growth and expansion of GW users’ primary means of connecting to the GW network across a wide variety of platforms,” Steinour said.

Out of the 2,600 existing wireless access points across the Foggy Bottom, Mount Vernon and Virginia campuses, Steinour said, 400 will be replaced in this project. By early fall, the division expects to have 1,200 new access points installed in addition to the upgrading existing ones.

The installation of new cables for access points in the JBKO residence hall will not interrupt connections to the network, Steinour said. Work is expected to finish in the building by Aug. 31.

The University has planned the campus-wide upgrades for months to ensure GW could handle an increasingly heavy load of wireless devices.

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