'TAMIU Unplugged' Expands Wireless Network on Campus in 2004

'TAMIU Unplugged' Expands Wireless Network on Campus

Texas A&M International University students now have another wireless site on campus to connect to the Internet. "TAMIU Unplugged," the University's wireless network, has now been expanded to the Student Center.

This past Spring, the University launched "TAMIU Unplugged" with service throughout Killam Library. By doing so, TAMIU joined only 60 percent of cutting-edge universities across the nation that have designated wireless areas of their campuses for student, faculty and administrative use.

Lakshmana Viswanath, director of the University's Computer Telecommunications Services, said the expansion is the latest in a planned series of wireless access sites on campus.

"We're keenly interested in providing our University community with the latest in technological advances that can speed learning, productivity and campus-wide connections. We are committed to a series of comprehensive access sites across the campus connecting us here and beyond," Viswanath explained.

With "TAMIU Unplugged," wireless signal zones on campus provide Internet access points in all directions. Users with computers equipped for wireless access connect to the Internet from as far as 100 yards from the access point, depending on a number of variables.

The service is limited to students who are currently enrolled at TAMIU and full-time faculty and staff. Access to the service is password protected. The University employs numerous security measures including 802.1x security and wireless encryption to protect sensitive data traveling across the campus network.

Students, faculty, alumni and staff interested in accessing "TAMIU Unplugged," the wireless network, can visit an informative website at: http://cts.tamiu.edu/default.asp?id=wireless

Information is also available by phone by calling the TAMIU's CTS at 326.2310 or e-mail at hotline@tamiu.edu.

University office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services at pais@tamiu.edu