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$2M in Wireless Networking Upgrades Planned for 3 Apartment Communities

By Maryland Today Staff

The Division of Information Technology has begun work to improve networking equipment in South Campus Commons, Graduate Hills and Graduate Gardens apartments.

This nearly $2 million upgrade will include more than 2,100 new wireless access points that support Wi-Fi 6, increased wireless coverage and density and expanded bandwidth. The work should improve connectivity for residents in those communities, which can house more than 3,100 students.

The South Campus Commons work is scheduled to continue through early February, and the Graduate Hills and Gardens upgrade will follow later in the month.

“We recognize that high-quality W-iFi is essential for remote learning during COVID-19, and we have worked over Winter Break to acquire equipment and arrange installation of these improvements,” said Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Jeff Hollingsworth.

Residents will receive communication and instructions related to the upgrades from their building management companies. Any UMD community member who experiences issues with Wi-Fi connections on campus or with other IT services should contact the IT Service Desk.

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