Wi-fi at WCU expands

Andy Voelker discussed the problems with wi-fi on campus at WCU

Wireless internet access is a concern for virtually every student at Western Carolina University. Wi-fi access is a great convenience, but it is not available everywhere on campus and often has slow load times.

Smart phones, tablets, laptops and other devices are additionally overloading the network.  With the increasing demand of internet access, WCU is currently playing catch-up to get the network up to speed.

This summer, Residential Living and the IT Department at WCU have big plans to revamp the wireless network on campus.
“The main problem is that there isn’t wi-fi everywhere,” said Andy Voelker, manager of student computing in the technology commons at WCU.

The project costs approximately $700,000 it will put wi-fi “everywhere.”  The intent is to have wireless access available at the central quad area in addition to more residence halls and classrooms.

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