Cleveland State University

Information Services & Technology


WoWnet History

In Fall of 2001 the Enterprise Networks division of IS&T worked with a local vendor - NeTeam on the Site Evaluation. The site evaluation included RF coverage testing to ensure that a minimum of 30% RF overlap in indoor coverage to existing Ethernet network was obtained.

Information Service & Technology selected the Cisco Aironet Wireless Access Points to provide wireless coverage. The Cisco Aironet series integrates seamlessly into our existing network as a wireless overlay. All Cisco Aironet series client adapters and access points are fully IEEE 802.11 compliant.

The CSU implementation of the wireless network Phase I was completed in January 2002. Phase I wireless coverage included University Center, Urban Affairs, Law Building, Law Library, Rhodes Tower floors G-14 and the plaza. Phase I of the project was deemed a great success by students, faculty and staff and paved the way for the University to fund Phase II of the wireless project.

Between completion of the first phase and commencement of the second, Cisco Aironet introduced its 1200 Series access point. Enterprise Networks division of IS&T decided on this new series for the balance of the campus. Over the next seven month period over 350 of the 1200 Series access points were installed on campus. Phase II started in March 2003 and was completed November 1, 2003. Phase II included all campus buildings, green spaces between building and Viking and Krenzler Fields.

As new buildings are added and existing building are remodeled IS&T will keep the campus current by implementing newer series of access points with improved performance. All new buildings such as the Recreation Center and newly remodeled areas such as the first floor of Main Classroom use Cisco Aironet 1242 Series access points with 802.11bg and 802.11a radios capable of 54Mbps transfer rates.

Cleveland State has named its wireless network WoWnet -- short for WithOutWires network. Students, faculty, and university staff now have the ability to check e-mail, reach the Internet and access Web-based courseware from their laptops anywhere on campus.

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