When Azusa Pacific University (APU) in
southern California wanted to implement a wireless network
its campus, university officials came to WirelessTEK for help designing
and building the infrastructure. Founded in 1899, APU is an evangelical
Christian community with a campus of 6,000 students. The university is
located in Azusa, 30 miles east of Los Angeles.
The purpose of setting up a wireless network was to
provide students and staff personnel with the mobility and ability to
get information (i.e., classroom or instructor material, e-mail, and
collaborative data) anywhere on campus. This includes on-campus
dormitories, green spaces, all classrooms, laboratories, eateries, the
library, and the student union. The wireless network being installed
has three phases encompassing 25 buildings and a dozen portable
structures at the campus.
APU has named the wireless project “All Access,”
denoting the capability for students to have unlimited access to
resources they need. Signs throughout the campus let students and
faculty know the All Access network is
available. WirelessTEK designed
a security policy that requires authentication that operates over
Extensible Authentication Protocols. The design was based on Cisco
Aironet technology. Establishing the best locations for access points
required WirelessTEK to survey radio frequencies.
“We are very excited because we
believe “All Access” provides the best environment for our students and
faculty to collaborate with each other in an environment unfettered by
time or place. Early indications are that the network designed and
implemented by WirelessTEK will be extensively used. We also see this
system as an attraction for prospective students,” said Don Davis, APU
director of collaborative research.
The university offers students an opportunity to
lease or buy an IBM notebook with integrated wireless adapters.
Students with their own personal computer can buy a wireless PC client
adapter at the campus computer store.
APU plans to establish wireless networks at its six
regional centers throughout Southern California, which WirelessTEK has