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University to update Wi-Fi network

8 May 2014 By Cristina Davia, Contributing Writer No Comments

An update to Towson’s wireless network will improve performance and increase accessibility to Wi-Fi on campus before the fall semester.

A new network called TUopenaccess will replace the current TU-guest network this summer. TUopenaccess will not require a username or password, Associate Director of Communication Services for the Office of Technology Services, Eric Cannizzo said.

According to Cannizzo, the University is increasing the amount of Internet bandwidth available to all students by 55 percent

The changes will provide students with faster access to Internet content. Guests of students will be able to connect to the Internet wirelessly without needing students to create an account for their guests, Cannizzo said.

Previously, certain devices such as Xbox, PlayStation and Apple TV were unable to connect through Towson’s wireless network because it required a password. Such devices will now be able to connect wirelessly through TUopenaccess, said Cannizzo.

Students will no longer need to install the NAC client when connecting to the TU-Secure wireless network or when connecting to the network with a network cable, according to Cannizzo.

The University will also update the wireless network in Glen Towers B and C to 
improve coverage and performance, he said.

“The structure of Glen Towers A, B, C and D makes providing reliable wireless service challenging. However, the University is committed to providing the best quality wireless network possible in all of its residence halls,” Cannizzo said.

To implement these changes, Cannizzo said the University worked with industry experts to provide an optimal wireless configuration. However, the work required to upgrade the wireless network in the Glen Towers requires the buildings to be empty.

Glen Towers B and C will be updated this summer. Glen Towers A and D will be updated in the summer of 2015, the next time they are not in use, said Cannizzo.


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