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Presentation Panel: Wireless Deployments

Tuesday, June 1 at 11:00 AM - Room 1110, Desmarais Hall

Deploying P2P wireless in a growing downtown campus

The development of cabling infrastructure on an urban university campus is usually met with a few common challenges, including high costs and municipal restrictions. Deploying point-to-point wireless links can be a reasonable alternative. This presentation will analyze a few available technologies: 5.8 GHz 802.11a, proprietary 60 and 80 GHz microwave bands, and free space optics. Each solution has its niche, depending on coverage and connection speed requirements. To make reliability and resilience of wireless connections comparable to those of wired connections, solutions like parallel radio links and aggregated links have been deployed. On the same token, maintenance and monitoring requirements on such systems are challenging, but can be successfully achieved.

Presented by: Vladimir Kouptchinski, University of Toronto


Strategic adoption of 802.11n-based wireless solutions at York University

Typical of most universities, York has witnessed three generations of campus wireless solutions. With hotspot-oriented service in York's past, the second-generation solution of ubiquitous coverage reached the 99% level of deployment completion about a year ago. Although the 802.11n wireless standard has been on everyone's radar for years, York's initial implementation experience of an 802.11n-based solution was driven by a relatively small project in one of York's graduate residences in the Summer of 2008. With experience gained from this tactical deployment, the progress towards the ratification of the 802.11n standard, in tandem with York's own research into 802.11n-based solutions, a strategy became evident for the third-generation solution of York's campus wireless network. Using a significantly differentiated offering from Meru Networks, York deployed 802.11n-based wireless solutions in one building last Summer and is poised to deploy the same into another by the second quarter of 2010. In addition, an outdoor deployment to support a field robotics research project is well underway.

In articulating the York strategy for 802.11n adoption from both business and technical perspectives, insight will be shared on a variety of wireless use cases from RF (Radio Frequency) modelling to deployment - e.g., high-density areas (lecture halls, library commons), remote locations (campus satellites), user/device/location-specific qualities of service (QoS), as well as initial prospects for a completely refactored and converged residence network.

Presented by: Ian Lumb, York University


Panel discussion