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PSU Upgrades Wireless System To Keep Up With Expanding Demand


As wireless devices become more and more common, so does the need for Internet usage; especially in places like Universities. PSU finished installing over 140 wireless access points to help keep up with increased demand, just in time for the Spring Semester. 

It's Day One of the Spring Semester and students at PSU are already grabbing time in between classes to check email or Facebook on their laptops and smart phones. A habit that is becoming more and more common as technology advances. 

"This is a big deal, to have wireless coverage for our students, because they are learning on the go, and they are receiving messages and information about things that are happening on the university, on the go, and we want to them to have that information quickly, rapidly," said PSU's Information Officer Angela Neria.  

In fact, wireless device usage among students is up 63 percent over just the past three semesters, according to Neria.
"They're utilizing more and more devices in not only their personal life, but obviously in their educational life, so that's a good thing," Neria said.
PSU has addressed demand by adding 140 wireless access points around campus, which should enable students and faculty to connect three times devices to them.  

One look around campus shows just how many students stay connected throughout the day. And though it's still too soon to say whether students are noticing a difference, many say a good connection is vital to a modern campus. 

"It's nice to be able to walk around and do homework and to check grades and be in the loop" said Junior Autumn Howe.

"It's probably be good because I hear a lot of people in the dorms complaining, so it'll probably help out," said Freshman Troy McDaniel.
"Enrollment is still going up, and with more students coming in it'd be very important to get more bandwidth," said Sophomore Shelby Mitchell.
Not only does PSU now have more bandwidth, but Neria says they monitor Internet usage to adjust the location of the wireless access points as needed.

PSU says the cost of the upgrade was about $128,000, and that they installed the equipment last semester and over winter break.    

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