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New Wi-Fi system debuts on campus

New Wi-Fi system debuts on campus

Jeremy Kohn
Editor in Chief

Technology is a fickle thing. Within a blink of an eye, cellphones and computers become obsolete as new more evolved products are released.

LCC’s Wi-Fi is also receiving a technological makeover.

Due to increases in wireless data, LCC’s ITS division made a decision to upgrade its current Wi-Fi system to compensate for this increase in data.

The New Cisco Meraki system was part of the college’s technology replacement fund  and cost $188,000.

LCC Director of Infrastructure Support Services Tom Field spoke about the process of launching the new system.

“ITS had done a lot of legwork before the installation and had configurations, access point locations, security parameters and several other pieces in place before break,” Field said.  “This made the installation much easier when go time arrived.”

The new Wi-Fi system will be an improvement on the old system with increased security based on the addition of cloud technology.

LCC Network Specialist Josh Thompson spoke about the immediate results of the newly-adopted system.

“In the first 48 hours of spring semester, we had over 5,300 unique clients connect to the network,” Thompson said.

The LCCguest network has been retired, and has since been replaced by LCCStudent and LCCVisitor.

Field spoke about the dual network system that students and visitor can find available on campus.

“LCCStudent is for registered student at LCC, this network can also be used by employees of LCC who bring their own devices or do not have computer supplied by the college.” Field said.

“LCCVisitor is designed for those individuals who are visiting one of LCC’s campuses who only internet need access for a limited time period and anyone who wants to become an LCC student.

Josh Thompson spoke about the longevity of the new Wi-Fi services.

“The new wireless architecture utilizes cloud-based controllers,” Thompson said, “which removes one of the greatest pains with adapting to new and advancing technologies.”

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