University to rebuild wireless network, add cloud printing

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2013-01-29
HUNTINGTON, Ind.— Huntington University will overhaul its campus wireless network and add cloud printing capabilities during the summer months to greatly enhance the services available to students when they return for fall semester.

“When we first built our campus wireless network in 2001, students might have brought a single laptop computer to college,” said Gary Campbell, director of technology services. “Today, things are very different. Our students now bring a wide variety of wireless devices to campus — computers, tablets, mobile phones, gaming consoles and even televisions and DVD players — so the demand on our system is much greater. To help meet students’ expectations, we have developed a plan to substantially overhaul our wireless infrastructure.”

In addition, the university will also provide a new cloud-based printing system for students. The initiative will replace low-volume printers that have been available in residence halls and computer labs with more reliable, high-volume multi-function printers (MFPs) that provide color and grayscale scanning, copying and “follow-me” printing.

“We are moving away from small distributed network printers where students had to supply their own paper,” Campbell said. “Instead, we will strategically locate high-availability printer/copier/scanner units in student and academic areas around campus for student use as needed.”

These two initiatives will be underwritten by a new $250 per year technology fee.

“I am very excited that we are going to be able to address two technology issues that have been a source of frustration, not only to students, but also to our Technology Services team. We believe these two initiatives will represent important improvements in our students’ technology experience,” Campbell said.
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and among its “Great Schools at Great Prices” list of best values in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. Huntington University has also been listed by Forbes as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
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