University of California, Riverside



In 1997, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) drafted the 802.11 standard for wireless local area networking. In 1999, the 802.11b standard was drafted and accepted by the networking industry, and products for wireless networking over the 2.4GHz frequency began being produced.

The University of California, Riverside, with a goal of providing convenient network access on campus, saw the huge potential of a wireless network in a campus environment and began to explore the possibility of bringing a wireless data network to UCR.

In the Summer and Fall of 2000, UCR Computing and Communications deployed Cisco Aironet wireless access points throughout the Computing & Communications building, the Commons, A&I and Lothian dormitories, and in Bourns Hall in the College of Engineering.

Using the UCR College of Engineering as the test group for the wireless network, Computing and Communications provided a number of Sony Vaio laptops with Cisco Aironet wireless cards to both students and faculty. Ending the initial testing after the Spring 2001 quarter, the feedback from the College of Engineering was very positive.

With the positive response from those who had a chance to use the wireless network, UCR Computing and Communications went forth and deployed additional access points in Anderson Hall, Watkins Hall, the Fine Arts building, the Rivera and Science libraries, and the International Village throughout the Summer of 2001.

With a growing wireless coverage area, the incoming Freshman class of 2001 is the first class to have access to this breakthrough technology for network and Internet access.

Efforts were made throughout the Summer of 2001 during the "Bear Facts" Freshman Orientation sessions to promote the wireless network at UCR. Student Computing Services set up a booth during "Bear Facts" to promote wireless networking, displaying laptops with wireless cards and giving away free wireless cards in a raffle open to new students.

As more students become aware of the benefits wireless networking, it is anticipated that laptop ownership will increase and wireless network coverage will be expanded.

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Computing & Communications
Computing & Communications Bldg.

Tel: (951) 827-3555
Fax: (951) 827-4541