Wireless Network Developments<br />Mark Franklin<br />Voice & Data Support Manager - CiCS<br />
Wireless – Our Position 2010<br />Over 300 Access Points<br />Quite a lot but fewer than many universities<br />Some Russe...
Wireless – Our Position 2010<br />Three services – eduroam, Unishef, guest<br />Only supported 802.11 b/g<br />Encounterin...
Wireless – Moving Forward<br />Core upgrade and accelerated roll-out 2009-11<br />Better, faster, more capable access poin...
Wireless – Moving Forward<br />Unishef will disappear<br />Support provided for those affected<br />Possibility that wirel...
Wireless – Longer Term Benefits<br />Potential power savings<br />Fewer outlets, less network kit<br />Portable devices co...
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  • Density of users – channel and power (interference) issues
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    1. 1. Wireless Network Developments<br />Mark Franklin<br />Voice & Data Support Manager - CiCS<br />
    2. 2. Wireless – Our Position 2010<br />Over 300 Access Points<br />Quite a lot but fewer than many universities<br />Some Russell Group have 1,000+<br />No expansion strategy or central funding<br />Projects paid for them<br />Depts paid for them<br />Core wireless network restricting development<br />
    3. 3. Wireless – Our Position 2010<br />Three services – eduroam, Unishef, guest<br />Only supported 802.11 b/g<br />Encountering problems with high density of users – esp IC, St George’s Library<br />Management and usage info quite poor<br />‘Thick’ rather than ‘Thin’ access points<br />
    4. 4. Wireless – Moving Forward<br />Core upgrade and accelerated roll-out 2009-11<br />Better, faster, more capable access points<br />‘Thin’ rather than ‘Thick”<br />Aiming for extra 200 (in addition to projects)<br />In consultation with Faculties etc<br />Upgrade existing access points for new system<br />Protecting investment<br />Improved installs/manageability<br />Better local signing<br />
    5. 5. Wireless – Moving Forward<br />Unishef will disappear<br />Support provided for those affected<br />Possibility that wireless password will be LDAP and not RATS<br />802.11n available in some areas<br />Wireless still remains a complimentary layer over wired network – for now!<br />
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    9. 9. Wireless – Longer Term Benefits<br />Potential power savings<br />Fewer outlets, less network kit<br />Portable devices come to the fore<br />More flexible use of services and space<br />More info: www.shef.ac.uk/cics/wireless<br />

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