Information Technology has been working hard to implement a campus-wide wireless network. This network allows you to access the internet and other network resources while in range of one of our many wireless access points.
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All residence halls and academic spaces feature 100% wireless coverage. Wireless coverage is also available in some outdoor areas, but isn't guaranteed.
We recommend that you use an 802.11abgn, or the new 802.11ac card. Most computers manufactured in the last four years feature these technologies. If you only have an 802.11 bg or bgn card, you will still be able to connect to the network, but services like IPTV will not be available.
When we provide wired Ethernet access to a room, IT runs a physical cable back to closet, which then connects to a device called a network switch. Switching devices and cabling for a large dorm costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. On average, we have found that only 4% of the Ethernet ports in our residence halls are actually used. Liberty would rather redirect this money to continue to improve the quality and speed of our wireless network, and not ask 96% of our students to subsidize a service they aren't using. If students with wireless-capable devices would like to request a port, a charge of $100 per year will apply.
Students who own a device, which cannot be used via wireless, can request a wired drop at no cost. Bring your device to the HelpDesk and they can assist with the process. If a wired connection is provided, the MAC address of the device will be recorded and assigned to your username. If the device is connected to the network under another student’s username, IT will disconnect the network port.
Over the summer months, we have begun rolling out the next-generation of wireless across campus: 802.11ac. This new network technology provides even faster speeds and better coverage. In addition, Liberty has more access points in residence halls than ever before; we average about twenty students per access point - less than half of the total capacity of the access point.
Our HelpDesk would be happy to help you resolve any outstanding issues to ensure that your computer can receive the highest quality signal. Typically issues that students have on the wireless network are caused by outdated drivers for their wireless card, or misconfigured wireless settings. Our technicians continually monitor our wireless network, and if we receive multiple reports of poor performance, we will dispatch network engineers and technicians to investigate.
Over the past few years, Liberty has significantly increased the total amount of bandwidth available for students. While we will continue to add bandwidth as needed, it’s important to make sure we curb unusually high usage by the few in order to protect bandwidth availability for the general population.
Between 95% and 99% of our students won’t notice any impact. For the small percentage of students who exceed the bandwidth cap, speed will be reduced to DSL-like speeds for the remainder of the calendar month. Streaming sites like Netflix, Hulu, ESPN3, and YouTube uses the most bandwidth, and we provide tips on changing settings on these sites to reduce usage. In the event that you are capped, you can either continue at a slower rate of speed, or you have the option to purchase bandwidth in 5 gigabyte blocks for $5 in MyLU. Purchased bandwidth rolls over through the entire academic year. Blackboard, the Liberty website, IPTV, and other Liberty services do not count towards your bandwidth usage.