Pervasive Wireless Project

Starting in July 2010, Information Technology will kickoff a three-year plan to implement pervasive wireless at UofL. The goal is to provide a wireless network that can be easily accessed from almost anywhere on campus.

What is the Pervasive Wireless Project?

The pervasive wireless project is a three year project starting in July 2010 aimed at providing nearly complete wireless coverage in all buildings on all three campuses. Deployment of this new wireless network will proceed in phases as described below.

Note: Project Complete July 2012

Project Phases

Pervasive wireless deployment begins with student congregation areas first, then classroom academic areas and lastly administrative office locations. The timeline for deployment is approximately 36 months. *Timeline is contingent on the ability to complete facilities requirements for wireless access points.

  • Phase I. Student areas (approximately 6 months)
  • Phase II. Academic areas (approximately 15 months)
  • Phase III. Administrative areas (approximately 12 months)

Project Schedule

The complete deployment schedule for the Pervasive Wireless Project can be seen using the link below.

Pervasive Wireless Schedule and Progress (Project complete July 2012)

*Note: All dates are estimates and are subject to change.

New Equipment and Features

The pervasive wireless project is a complete overhaul of the current wireless network. Not only is the core infrastructure changing 100%, but so is the endpoint equipment.

Equipment to be replaced includes Cisco 1230 series access points capable of the 802.11g standard. This standard allows for up to a 54mpbs data rate in the 2.4ghz radio spectrum.

The new equipment is all Cisco 802.11n capable access points, which provide compatibility with the new "N" standard providing data rates at up to 150mpbs - almost 6 times faster than the previous wireless standard, 802.11g. These access points also operate in both the 2.4ghz and 5.0ghz radio spectrum allowing the access points to utilize both bands to reduce signal noise and interference. The 802.11n standard and all of it's features are fully supported under the new pervasive wireless network. In fact, the Wi-Fi Alliance, which is the only organization that certifies wireless devices for compliance, actually uses Cisco 802.11n access points for certification and ensuring compatibility.

Computer Compatibility

To prepare for pervasive wireless, your wireless connection must be configured to use WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2) Enterprise utilizing AES encryption. You should review and, if necessary, re-configure your connection in order to take advantage of the enhanced service.

Wireless client configuration guides are available online. Configuring your computer to connect to "ulsecure" using these directions will ensure that your computer is ready to use the new network when it becomes available.

If your computer or wireless adapter was made before 2003:

  • If your computer or wireless expansion card was made before 2003, it may not support WPA2. The easiest way to ensure compatibility is to install a compatible wireless expansion card. Nearly every wireless card sold in a retail store supports WPA2, just look for the "Wi-Fi Certified" logo on the box.
  • A list of Wi-Fi certified cards is available online
  • If your PC, laptop, or wireless expansion card was made after 2003, it most likely supports WPA2 standard.