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Wi-Fi access when you’re on the road

Dear Colleagues,

Imagine attending a conference at another university across the country. You open your laptop, log in and connect to a wireless network using your KU credentials. In response to requests by faculty members, KU IT is working with eduroam to make that possible.

Eduroam is secure, worldwide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. The service allows people from participating institutions to access Wi-Fi at member locations using their own online ID and password, with no special setup. So, your guests visiting KU from other eduroam member organizations also will be able to use KU Wi-Fi, by authenticating through their home institutions. Testing of the system will begin soon, and we expect to have the eduroam service available by the end of the semester.

Partnering to Upgrade Nichols Hall
KU IT is working to improve technology infrastructure in buildings across campus. One of the most effective ways we do this is by partnering with organizations on campus to identify priorities and leverage funding and shared opportunities. A good example of this is Nichols Hall, where the Information and Telecommunications Technology Center (ITTC) wanted to upgrade network connectivity in the building. Working together, we developed a plan to install fiber cable in the building―sharing the cost and the benefits. The project is in the design phase now, and the fiber cable installation should be complete by the end of the year.

Update on Other Infrastructure Projects
Last month, I told you about network upgrades to Haworth and Malott taking place in September. We have completed the upgrade to Haworth. A manufacturing delay of needed equipment has postponed the Malott upgrade. We expect to have the equipment and complete that project in 2-3 weeks. 

On the 10GB connections I mentioned last month, we have installed and tested two for a total of 20GB. Our Network Architecture group is now re-engineering the KU network backbone routers to take full advantage of these high capacity connections and ensure that research groups have the highest possible quality of connectivity to meet their research and academic goals. We expect to have all work done on this by the end of the fall semester. 

I will continue to update you on these and other projects as our work continues to put into your hands the technology tools and solutions you need for success. I welcome your ideas, comments and questions on these or any other topic.

Thank you,

Bob Lim
Chief Information Officer
University of Kansas


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