Augmenting Marshall University’s Current Campus Wired Network with Wireless Local Area Networking

Stephen J. Robinson

 

Information Technology Management

 

Marshall University

 

 

 

Abstract

This examines the feasibility of wireless local area networking for data communications to augment Marshall University’s wired campus network.  This assessment considers the university’s need to wireless enhancements, the current status of WLAN technology, the advantages/disadvantages of augmenting existing infrastructures with the technology, WLAN market trends, costs of the technology, and other institutions’ experiences with wireless local area networking.  Information sources that the author used include WLAN vendors, industry leaders, standards’ committees, and members of Marshall University’s Strategic Planning Committee and Marshall University’s Strategic Action Plan.  The author concludes that MarshallUniversity should further investigate and test the technology and start to develop relationships with vendors for future applications.

 

 

 

Table of Contents

Introduction              1
Background and Technology of Wireless Local Area Networking                                                           1
Reason for the Standard                                                                                                                     2
WLAN Technology Overview                                                                                                            3
WLAN Disadvantages                                                                                                                        4
The Marshall University Campus Wired LAN                                                                                       5
University Computing Needs                                                                                                                 7
Marshall University’s Current WLAN Situation                                                                                   7
Marshall University’s WLAN Plans for the Future                                                                               8
The WLAN Market Trend                                                                                                                 10
Case Studies and Survey Results                                                                                                         12
Saltus Grammar School                                                                                                                       12
Decision Factors and Requirements                                                                                                   13
Approach Taken    14
Critical Success Factors and Overall Results                                                                                     15
Princeton University  15
Pushing the Limits of New Technology                                                                                              16
Aironet Aces Princeton’s Initial Wireless Exam                                                                                  18
Surveys and Cost/Benefit Analysis Conducted By Industry Leaders                                                      19
RECOMMENDATIONS                                                                                                                   22
WLAN Technology                                                                                                                          22
Marshall University’s Wireless Outlook                                                                                             23
WLAN Implementation Recommendations                                                                                        23
Outside Wireless Access                                                                                                                     23
Fraternity/Sorority House Access                                                                                                         24
Classroom Access    25
Conference/Presentation Room Access                                                                                                25
Residence Hall Access                                                                                                                         26
Remote Campus Access                                                                                                                      26
WLAN Market Trends                                                                                                                     27
APPENDIXA                                                                                                                                    31
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APPENDIX F                                                                                                                                    43
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APPENDIX 0                                                                                                                                     64
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                                                     Abstract
This examines the feasibility of wireless local area networking (WLAN) for data

communications to augment Marshall University’s current wired campus network. This assessment considers the university’s need for wireless enhancements, the current status of WLAN technology, the advantages/disadvantages of augmenting existing infrastructures with the technology, WLAN market trends, costs of the technology, and other institutions’ experiences with wireless local area networking. Information sources that the author used include WLAN vendors, industry leaders, standards committees, and members of Marshall University’s Strategic Planning Committee and Marshall University’s Strategic Action Plan.

The author concludes that Marshall University should further investigate and test      the technology and start to develop relationships with vendors for future

applications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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