Wireless Expansion Project Page - Phase 2

Wireless Expansion Project

​Last Updated: September 20, 2018

COMPLETED TO DATE: 95% of Buildings,           95% of New WAPs

Welcome to the 2nd and final year of the project. This project page outlines the goals, benefits and timeline for Phase 2 of the Wireless Expansion project at the University of Guelph.

The University first implemented wireless connectivity on campus throughout a few classrooms and learning areas in 2005. With the ever-growing use of mobile technology, the need for accessible and reliable WiFi has increased considerably.

In the Fall of 2015, CCS completed a large scale survey, with results confirming the need for improvements in wireless connectivity in both student residences and in buildings across campus. In the summer of 2016, CCS and Physical Resources, with the support of Student Housing, began Phase 1 of the wireless expansion work and installed new access points throughout student residence buildings on campus, allowing for easily accessible WiFi in dorm rooms and common areas. Phase 1 is in its final stages of completion. This project, Phase 2, will involve the installation of more than 900 new access points and switches in more than 50 additional buildings across campus.

Questions or concerns surrounding this project? Email CCS at IThelp@uoguelph.ca.


Project Goal

The main goal of this project is to increase the consistency and coverage of WiFi across the University of Guelph campus. CCS and Physical Resources together will add over 900 new access points and new switches across campus. These new access points and switches will be installed in multiple buildings and will help to meet user requirements for wireless access. The new network switches will better support the WiFi equipment, and provide adequate and consistent power levels to devices connected to these access points.


Project Benefits

Various benefits come with the expansion of WiFi across campus:

  • Better coverage and access to wireless connectivity to help meet student, staff and faculty needs.
  • Increased ability to support mobile technology of students and professors within classroom settings.
  • Ensuring that WiFi is a primary means of network connectivity on campus, complementing the increased use of mobile devices and leading to enhanced collaboration, productivity and access to resources.
  • Maintaining U of G competitiveness with other universities, as many students rank WiFi connection as a critical factor in choosing a university.

Project Timeline

  • Phase 1 (residences):               Completed.
  • Phase 2 (campus buildings): Project kickoff was in March 2017.  This is a 2 year project with targeted project closing of June 2019.

Schedule of Dates for Buildings

Below is the proposed schedule for the buildings.  The building order and timeline has been determined based on several factors, including WiFi needs, ongoing/upcoming construction efforts and building teaching schedules (to minimize impact to students). 

The schedule will be updated as the project continues and key stakeholders, including main building contacts, will be notified if there are any changes and prior to the start of any work.


Building Status Definitions:

  • Planning: The work on this building has started and is being planned and/or designed.
  • Construction: Physical Resources, CCS staff and/or contractors are in the process of installing conduits and new wireless access points in the building.
  • Testing: All wireless access points have been installed and CCS is checking to ensure that the network is working up to required quality levels.
  • Extended: Planned work for this building is completed, and additional wireless access points are being added to address larger than expected need.
  • Completed: All wireless access point installations and testing planned for this building, as part of this project, are complete.
  • Delayed: The work in this building has been delayed and main building contacts have or will be contacted.
  • No Status: No work has started for this building.

 

Building #

Building Name

Proposed Schedule for Construction

Status

68

MacKinnon Building

 

Completed

31

Alexander Hall

 

Completed
1

Macdonald Institute

 

Completed
2

Macdonald Hall

 

Completed
23

Macdonald Stewart Hall

 

Completed
112

Macdonald Stewart Hall Addition

 

Completed
159

Albert A. Thornbrough Building

 

Completed

140 Summerlee Science Complex

 

Completed
69

Crop Science Building

 

Completed
25

J.D. MacLachlan Building

 

Completed
158

University Centre

 

Completed

70

Animal Science and Nutrition

 

Completed

7

Creelman Hall

 

Completed

71

McLaughlin Library

 

Completed
17

The Bullring Pub

 

Completed

73 MacNaughton Building East Wing: January 15 - March 9, 2018

Completed

21

Zavitz Hall

 

Completed

24

Massey Hall

 

Completed
51

Landscape Architecture

 

Completed

28

H.L. Hutt Building

March 5 - 23, 2018

Completed
38

Food Science

 

Completed

88

Food Science Addition (GFTC)

 

Completed

32

Graham Hall

 

Completed
43

Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety (CRIFS)

May 1 - 11, 2018

Completed
39

OVC Main Building

May 1-31, 2018

Completed
3

OVC Main Building Extension

May 1-31, 2018

Completed
40

OVC Biomedical Science

May 1-31, 2018

Completed
45

OVC Stewart Building

May - July 2018

Extended
49

OVC Mona Campbell Centre for Animal Cancer

May - July 2018

Completed
77

OVC Lifetime Learning Centre

 

Completed

48

Federal Building

 

Completed

84

Federal Building Annex

 

Completed

11

Johnston Hall

July - August 2018

Completed
66

Alumni House

July - August 2018

Completed
75

Gryphon Centre

July - August 2018

Testing
53

Old Fire Hall

September - October 2018

Completed
80

Edmund C. Bovey Administration Building

September 24 - October 19, 2018

Completed
81

Edmund C. Bovey Laboratory Building

September 24 - October 26, 2018

Testing
82

Plant Growth Facilities Building

September 24 - October 5, 2018

Completed
83

Header House/Greenhouse

September - October 2018

Completed
44 OVC Companion Animal Hospital - James Archibald Building (Small Animal Clinic)

September - December 2018 (due to building renovation)

Completed
92

Axelrod Institute of Ichthyology

November 2018

Completed
154

MacKinnon Extension

November 2018

Completed
232

The Arboretum Centre

November 2018

Testing
12

Central Animal Facility

November - December 2018

Testing
174

OVC Clinical Research

December 2018

Testing
183

OVC Main Animal Holding (Large Animal Clinic)

December 2018

Testing
47

OVC MacNabb House

 

Completed