Wireless Initiatives

BGSU Information Technology Services strives to continuously improve campus wifi coverage and signal strength. Every year various wireless improvement projects are identified, initiated and completed. For a wireless project to be approved, a variety of elements are taken into consideration, including:

  • Cost
  • Traffic
  • Academic need
  • Size/area
  • Time/duration

More information on past, present and future wireless initiatives are outlined on this page.

Residence Hall Council Meetings

ITS places priority on improving campus wifi in areas with high traffic and academic use. Students spend the majority of their time on campus in academic buildings attending class, or in their residence halls. In order to gauge the need for wireless improvement projects in residence halls, a representative from ITS attends various Residence Hall Council meetings (one per residence hall, per year). This is a great opportunity to collect and provide feedback based on our students' needs.   

Residence Hall Wireless Improvements

In addition to attending these meetings, ITS recently completed projects in McDonald Hall and Offenhauer Hall, Traditionally, wireless access points (WAPs) were installed in the hallways of the residence halls. After much research, testing and feedback, it was determined that wireless signal strength could be improved if the WAPs were installed in residence hall rooms, rather than hallways. Over the summer of 2017, ITS installed WAPs in every other room located in Offenhauer and McDonald, with plans to conitnue in other residence halls in the future. Check out the "before and after" image below of McDonald Hall; green indicates wireless coverage

McDonald before after

Outdoor Wireless Expansion

In 2017, ITS added outdoor WAPs to the Traditions Quad, Union Oval and outdoor space near McDonald Hall, bringing the total outdoor WAP count to 38!

Over the past several years, ITS has placed emphasis on improving BGSU wireless coverage and signal strength. The images below depict how bandwidth has increased as well as the total number of wireless access points (WAPs).

Internet-Bandwidth-Graph
Number-of-APs

*ISP = Internet Service Provider

Wireless Network Initiatives over the Years

2016
  • Kicked off Outdoor Wireless Initiative with Greek Village
2017
  • Added outdoor WAPs to Traditions Quad, Union Oval & McDonald Hall outdoor space
  • Reconfigured WAPs in McDonald & Offenhauer. Moved from hallway WAPs to WAPs in every other residence hall room in these buildings

Future wireless endeavors will include the continuation of the Outdoor Wireless Initiative and the reconfiguring of residence hall WAPs. Specifics for these projects and other future projects will be added as information becomes available.