Network Wired Upgrade
Building Migration is in process
Contact: Jason Bowling
The University of Akron network team has been upgrading the network across campus. Our new network, built on Dell equipment, provides improved performance and reliability over our legacy network. In addition to being built with faster hardware, the design is a more modern architecture that will improve reliability and decrease the impact of outages. Each building has multiple connections to the rest of the network and a connection speed that is four times as fast as the previous network. The design is well suited to support the needs of the University as we rely more on Internet/cloud services for academic, business, and entertainment use.
The wireless system has been running on the Dell network since mid-2018, and we are migrating the wired network in all the buildings on campus now. We begin communicating with the occupants of each building several weeks before, and schedule a time to minimize impact to students, faculty and staff. We also check for any special networking needs that the occupants of the building may have, especially in science and engineering buildings. On the day of the migration, the wireless network stays up nearly the entire time, so is available to the users in the building. The time for the wired network migration varies by the size of the building - typically, small to medium buildings take 4-5 hours. Once completed, we check with the users in the building to ensure their critical services are available.
As we migrate to the new wired network, computers are being converted to private IP addressing. We expect to complete the wired migration to the new network in late spring/early summer. We are excited to complete this project and will continue to work on improving performance and user experience. We are looking forward to meeting you!
Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ
In most cases, no. If your computer uses dynamic addresses, it will work normally on the new network after a reboot. During the migration process, we identify computers and other devices that have static addresses and work with the owner to convert them.
There are a number of advantages. In some cases, it improves security. It conserves the university's public address space and gives us much more flexibility in how we address devices on the network. It improves our ability to create different subnets for the needs of academic and business units.
Please open a ticket with the help desk at x6888, which ensures the whole network team sees it.
Please contact Jason Bowling (firstname.lastname@example.org). Our approach has a large amount of flexibility to serve the needs of the academic units.