As students take a much needed refresher after finals, LTS was busy performing updates to systems, applications and infrastructure. One of those infrastructure improvements completed over the winter break was increased wireless coverage in Packard Lab. Students returning to Packard Lab should see an increase in wireless coverage and performance as the team doubled the amount of wireless access points. Many buildings at Lehigh University pose interesting challenges for wireless due to architecture and structure, but the team performed an in-depth analysis and mapping to fill in weak gaps. Special thanks to Jon Hutchinson, Pat Murphy, Brian Posivak and Luis Rosario for their hard work in getting this completed.
If any faculty or students have any issues with the wireless changes in Packard Lab, please contact the LTS Help Desk: call 610-758-HELP (4357), log into online chat, email email@example.com, or text 610-616-5910. However, free feel to reach out to me if you have any general concerns or feedback.
After 5 months, Library & Technology Services completed the Mudd Building Rewire Project. Technology Infrastructure and Operations (TIO) started planning and engineering the network upgrades back in the spring of 2015. The goal of this effort was to replace old category 3 ethernet cabling dating back to the 90s with new modern category 6a cable capable of handing gigabit network speeds. In addition, modern networking switches and data closet architecture were deployed. This was the first project that we utilized blockouts to manage the endpoint connections by placing physical locks on unused ports. End users can requests blockouts to be removed. These blockouts enable us to reduce our costs and improve security. When the project was completed, 936 Cat 6a jacks were deployed, 346 connections activated and 101 phones relocated or newly installed.
Congrats to the TIO team members Lizanne Hurst, Pat Murphy, Jeff Deschler, Debbie Henritzy, Luis Rosario, Brian Posivak, Kent Smith, Lisa Luchini, Munroe Sollog, Jon Hutchinson and Mark Miller. Special thanks to Jim Roberts for being our interface for the users in the Mudd Building during this project.