There are approximately 60 buildings classified as dorms here at Middlebury providing beds to over 2400 students in 5 Commons. From a ‘wireless’ perspective these dorms can be divided into three broad groups in terms of how many Wireless Access Points or WAPs they have:
- those that have moderate coverage
- those that have minimal coverage, typically in lounges only
- smaller houses that require only one or two WAPs
As mentioned in a previous blog post, LIS has embarked on an ambitious project to upgrade the campus network infrastructure, including improving wireless in the dorms. All dorms are currently getting new network switches added to their wire closets to prepare for phase two, the deployment of new WAPs. Dorms in the first group above (and gradually those in the third group as well) are getting all of their old WAPs replaced with newer equipment, while dorms in the second group are getting new WAPs deployed throughout. Dorms in the first group will be re-visited later on to determine if there are still gaps in the wireless coverage.
As an example, Hadley, Milliken, Kelly-Lang and Stewart are in group 1. These dorms have had all of their old WAPs upgraded. Hepburn is an example of group 2. It has had new WAPs installed throughout the dorm.
Atwater A & B, Gifford, Battell, and Chateau are in progress now. New switches have also been placed but not yet connected in Coffrin, Pearsons, Starr and Painter, which will also need new WAPs installed.
As you might imagine, this is an enormous task requiring lots of planning and coordination. Please bear with us as we try to do this with minimal interruption to your access to the network!