Indiana University Campus Networks installs and maintains total network connectivity for all of IU’s students, faculty, and staff. Campus Networks provides wired and wireless services to the IU Bloomington and IUPUI campuses, overseeing more than 200,000 outlets and 10,000 access points in hundreds of buildings as well as internet and main network connectivity to IU’s regional campuses. Guarding the network with dependable firewalls and secure wireless, the Campus Networks team ensures ease of access as well as exceptional reliability.
Keeping IU Connected
IU Campus Networks additionally supports the optimization of teaching and learning with state-of-the-art classroom technologies. Campus Networks also manages a core routing environment that grows by more than 20 percent in bandwidth per year.
Urgent responses to the coronavirus global health crisis drove much of IU Campus Networks’ efforts in 2020. Our initiatives delivered free, secure wireless connectivity to Indiana University and its surrounding communities as well as outfitted socially distanced auxiliary classroom space on campus.
IU Campus Networks’ additional pandemic-related activity in 2020 included:
- Redesigning VPN infrastructure to accommodate increased need for secure remote connectivity
- Installing special networking for COVID-19 testing sites at IU Bloomington’s Memorial Stadium, Tennis Center, Garret Fieldhouse, and in various parking garages at IUPUI
Over the past year, IU Campus Networks also engaged in various upgrades and enhancements, including:
- Facilitating Data Center resiliency by stretching networks between IU’s data centers
- Beginning install of new spine switches in IU Data Centers (most of this work will be completed in 2021)
- Introducing PublicNet as the way to onboard anyone on an IU campus to use the appropriate wireless network
- Continuing edge upgrade of switches and access points
Wi-Fi lot hot spots
In spring 2020, when the COVID-19 global health crisis shut down campuses statewide and forced most of the Indiana University community to abruptly learn, teach, and work remotely, University Information Technology Services (UITS), through its Campus Networks division, continued to provide free, secure Wi-Fi access via socially distanced “lot hot spots.” These Wi-Fi lots were available at several locations around IU Bloomington, IUPUI, and each of the regional campuses. This initiative continues to serve the IU community and its neighbors who lack vital internet connectivity due to pandemic-related library and business closures.
Hot spot installation
Learn about the Wi-Fi lot hot spot installation process and collaborations with vendor partners that were shared via video during the UITS “Tech in the time of COVID” conference in October 2020.
Wireless installation at IU Auditorium
In 2020, public health measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing generated a critical need for additional classroom space. If Indiana University were to reinstate some onsite learning—long deemed a defining facet of the IU student experience, particularly at its flagship Bloomington campus—in the fall 2020 semester, spaces beyond of those designated as classrooms would have to be utilized in order to allow in-person instruction to be provided safely.
As part of the conversion of new spaces for instructional use, IU Campus Networks and its longtime vendor partner PIER Group outfitted the IU Auditorium with significantly expanded and enhanced wireless service. This project required particular attention to preserving the historical architectural features and aesthetics of the IU Auditorium. The result: increased classroom capacity at IU Bloomington—and in an especially beautiful setting.
Creating a more common user experience
While moving towards a more secure edge network, Campus Networks will create a more common user experience for wired and wireless users with 802.1 authentication.
Enhancing spine-switch architecture
Spine-switch architecture in the data centers will be refreshed to increase bandwidth and improve resiliency.
Supporting research at IU
Through ongoing collaboration with IU Research Technologies, Campus Networks will support IU researchers by improving network connections of high-performance computing systems and storage.
Improving the IPAM environment
Campus Networks will also replace the current IP address management (IPAM) environment with a more modern solution.