During the 2012 summer break, a project was started to roll out wireless network coverage to the campus student residences.
The goal of the project was to provide high quality wireless coverage to all campus student residences. This is in addition to the fixed network point which is already available in each room. However, many of the residences were designed long before wireless networking had been thought of and therefore the building constructions presented a significant challenge to the project team. As you might expect, it was not simple to survey and install equipment across so many populated buildings, but over a 9 month period and using 5 installation teams, we managed to provide excellent coverage to most residences.
From April 2013, the ResNet-Secure wireless service was available in 6235 student bedrooms across the campus. Over the 2013 summer break, additional building work took place to allow coverage to be extended to the rooms in Redfern.
A further building improvement project in the summer of 2015 allowed coverage to be extended to the last few areas in Whitefields.
The project executive was Malcolm Days in IT Services, and any other specific questions about the project can be directed to him.
Current Status of Wireless Coverage by Student Residence:
|Arthur Vick||396||Full coverage.
|Jack Martin||425||Full coverage.
ResNet Wireless Technical Information
The ResNet wireless network provides access for Wi-Fi® enabled devices.
The service supports 802.11g and 802.11n wireless standards and provides coverage in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz wavebands. The installation is also designed to allow an upgrade path to the 802.11ac wireless standard with a minimal level of additional construction work.
ResNet users must authenticate using WPA2 enterprise authentication. This provides users with a secure network connection which prevents eavesdropping. The vast majority of wireless devices are capable of using this standard and it is always worth checking with the manufacturer for software updates.
The service uses Cisco CleanAir™ technology to minimise radio interference from items such as microwave ovens, game console controllers, headphones and other Bluetooth devices which use the same radio frequencies as Wi-Fi. Cisco provides the capability to support a high user density with high bandwidth applications such as video streaming.
The wireless network infrastructure has been upgraded to cater for the large increase in traffic this project will generate. This work was completed by September 2012. Each element of the core infrastructure which connects the wireless network to the Internet operates with live and backup components, meaning that service interruptions for routine updates or due to equipment failure should be extremely rare.
For details of how to configure your device for wireless access, please click here.
Useage figures for the first 3 years of ResNet Wireless:
The charts below show the monthly peak count of devices simultaneously connected to the ResNet wireless network during the first three academic years it was in place.
The chart below shows the data for the initial year as the rollout project progressed.