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MIT Upgrades Networks In East Campus, Bexley

By Michael E. Rolish

STAFF REPORTER

Major network upgrades will soon be finished at East Campus and Bexley Hall, with more dormitories to follow next year.

“We are almost finished with cutting over to the new systems in EC and Bexley,” said Adam D. D’Amico ’99, a network engineer for Information Systems.

Residents in these dormitories will have two 100 megabit-per-second Ethernet ports per person, as well as wireless Ethernet service, known as 802.11 or Wi-Fi.

Dormitories that already have these services are Baker House, Senior House, the Warehouse, Simmons Hall, and Sidney-Pacific, D’Amico said.

D’Amico said that the upgrades have stayed on budget. The upgrades are funded by both I/S and the Housing Office.

“The total cost to Housing for this needed upgrade is just over one million dollars,” said Karen A. Nilsson, the director of housing.

In the past year, planned substantial upgrades at New House were put on hold, and upgrades at Next House were scaled back, although there was some hardware replacement. “We were able to upgrade some of the backbone links in the building,” said Angie Kelic G, the Resnet coordinator, referring to connections between sections of Next House.

Other dormitories also saw improvements. “We completed some upgrade work in the MacGregor low-rise to switch it over to a new backbone,” Kelic said. Eastgate, Westgate, and Edgerton also had some connections upgraded, she said.

“There are still quite a few residential networks that don’t perform as well as we’d like given the usage their residents subject them to,” D’Amico said. He listed Eastgate, Westgate, Tang, Burton-Conner, New House, and Next House as examples.

D’Amico said he expects one to three dormitories to be upgraded in the coming year, but said it is too early to say.

“Housing is currently reviewing residential halls with IS&T for buildings with the most need and in particular is currently looking at Burton, New and Next House,” Nilsson said. “We review these particular buildings in terms of level of service they currently have, substantiality and cost.”