FLORENCE---The Francis Marion University campus is going wireless.
When students return to the campus in late August to begin the fall semester, the first phase of a centrally managed, wireless computer network will be operational.
The wireless network will allow students to access the Internet from 10 locations scattered across the campus. Each location has been identified as a public gathering site were students congregate.
Students using computers with wireless cards can access the network and Internet in these locations. Students may use the Internet as a ‘guest-user,’ or can log-in to the campus network for higher levels of access and services.
The system will be managed by FMU’s Academic Computing Services. The FMU wireless network consists of Cisco wireless access points, the Cisco Clean Access system and other networking equipment to provide users mobile access to the Internet.
In order to connect to the wireless network, students must have an operational wireless network card, an updated operating system, agree to university policies while connected and have updated antivirus software installed to protect their computer and the network from Internet viruses.
“Providing wireless access to the Internet and campus network for the student body will be a great benefit to the FMU community,” said Darryl Bridges, vice president for student affairs. “This allows our students to integrate technology with their daily lives and will create more opportunities for social interaction. Both residential and commuting students will enjoy the convenient locations and high-speed connections. I’m excited about this service for the campus community.”
Signs are being installed so students can identify the wireless access points around campus. Locations will include Rogers Library, the Lee Nursing Building, Smith University Center, the breezeway and lounges of Founders Hall and Cauthen Media Center, Ervin Dining Hall, the residential area and Forest Villas apartments, Stanton Academic Computer Center, and the Grille and outdoor swimming pool area.
The plan is to eventually make the entire campus and the border area part of the wireless network.
Academic Computing Services will provide wireless technical support for students using the wireless network. For more information, call 661-1111 or go to the website www.fmarion.edu/academics/academiccomputing.
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