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Enhancing and Expanding Wireless at KU

KU is embarking on an innovative Wireless First initiative to transform how faculty, staff, students and visitors on campus connect to each other and the world.

What does Wireless First mean? 
Our goal is to eventually have 80% of users and devices connecting via wireless on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. There will always be a need for some wired connections, and we will work with faculty and staff to ensure the right connection for all devices and equipment.

Why Wireless First? 
A 2017 EDUCAUSE survey with responses from 157 institutions found that 97% of faculty have a laptop and 93% own a smartphone. Among students responding to the survey, 95% own a laptop and 97% own a smartphone. And, 83% of students said they use their phone for one or more of their courses.

The mobility and flexibility to work and study when and where you want is quickly becoming a basic expectation. The Wireless First project will help us meet that expectation on the Lawrence campus by boosting both the coverage and capacity of our campus wireless network, and by transitioning faculty and staff computers to wireless connections. In addition, the Wireless First project will strengthen our security and provide options for enhanced features.

The bottom line is improving the customer experience for faculty, staff, students and visitors by making it easier and faster to connect on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses.

When will it happen? 
With Chancellor Girod’s and Provost Bendapudi’s support, work on the project has already begun. In fact, we implemented the Wireless First model in the new Earth, Energy and Environment Center buildings—Ritchie Hall and Slawson Hall. We expect to transition the rest of the Lawrence campus over the next 12 months.

Learn More 
Over the next several weeks, we’ll be providing more details about the Wireless First initiative. Visit the Wireless First web page to learn more and stay up to date on the progress of the Wireless First initiative.


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