Cell phone service problems across The Ohio State University campus, caused by the ever-increasing demand for cellular communications, are quickly fading into the past! Recognizing that the troublesome reception experienced during football games—when fans pack into Ohio Stadium and overload the network—could become an everyday occurrence, the Office of the Chief Information Officer began searching for a solution last year. Our network has been improving incrementally over the last several months, and was put to the ultimate test when football season began.
Underneath all the pomp and circumstance of the commencement ceremony, cables and wireless routers are quietly keeping affairs in order. From providing reliable network access for guests and press to making sure students receive the correct diplomas, the Office of the CIO collaborates with multiple areas of campus to assist the graduation process.
As OCIO continues to improve the campus wireless network for high performance Wi-Fi technology, OCIO is disabling support for 802.11b devices on December 16, 2012. Supporting these legacy devices degrade the wireless performance for 802.11g and 802.11n devices. Current 802.11b wireless users must obtain an 802.11n wireless network adapter or upgrade their hardware.
For questions, contact the IT Service Desk at 688-HELP (4357).
Have you ever struggled to get wireless service on an OSU football Saturday? OCIO estimates that the call processing and data capacity of the existing cellular networks servicing the OSU Columbus campus will be exhausted within the next two years. So what does that mean? If left unaddressed, cellular users on campus will encounter “game day” types of problems every day.
The OCIO Student Advisory Committee met for the first time this April and we are very excited about what we can learn from this great group of students. The committee will participate in planning the future direction of campus technology support and services, discuss how the university can enhance the information technology skills of students, and address information technology access issues on campus. Our group objectives are to:
Beginning spring quarter, complimentary Wi-Fi services will be available on campus for use by the general public. The university has partnered with AT&T to provide complimentary Wi-Fi hotspots on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. The Wi-Fi hotspots will allow wireless access for visitors.
Article by Lucy Ramos
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At a recent eLearning conference at Ohio State, faculty and staff used cell phones to browse the web, take pictures, and text. Attendees opened their laptops and keystrokes could be heard throughout the conference. The audience etiquette might have initially resembled that of their students, however these activities were not signs of distraction, but enthusiastic involvement.
The Identity and Access Management (IdM) Program, with support from University Communications, will deliver a new self-service tool for identity (lastname.#) and password management. The new tool will completely replace the existing Account Management site with a range of new functionality and features, including 24x7 access for resetting a forgotten password and recovering a forgotten OSU Internet Username.
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