Starting next spring, the wifi network “PU Wireless” will be no more, and “eduroam” will become the sole primary wireless network for students, faculty, and staff on campus. The changes are part of a broader IT initiative called the .
“We plan to increase the density of access points, so no matter where you are on campus, even outside, you will have a seamless wireless experience,” said Donna Tatro, associate chief information officer for OIT’s Enterprise Infrastructure Services. “We plan to increase the density of access points, so no matter where you are on campus, even outside, you will have a seamless wireless experience.”
“This project is the most significant redesign and reengineering of the campus network since it was established,” said Jay Dominick, vice president for information technology and chief information officer.
The change comes some 30 years after the University first established a large-scale connection to the internet. Since then, the University’s relationship with technology has become much more complex, with thousands of students and staff members connecting more and increasingly complex devices to the campus network.
According to Dominick, the upgrade will foster University research, especially in areas requiring significant computing power, such as data science and machine learning.
“Imaging devices like the light sheet microscopy and fMRI are capable of producing incredible amounts of data that must be stored and processed at the High-Performance Computing Research Center on campus or at outside cloud computing providers,” Dominick said.
Staff at the OIT say the project coincides with the University’s plans to expand and develop the campus through 2026.
“Our current network design will not scale to meet the needs of Princeton’s Campus Plan for 2026 and beyond,” Dominick said.
The student reaction to news of a new system was overwhelmingly positive. Each student The Daily Princetonian spoke with agreed that the new system was good for the University.
Gordon Walters ’22, who regularly uses the school WIFI, said he’s in favor of the new system.
“I think the wifi works just fine,“ he said. “I don’t even know which Network I use.”
Will Hess ’19, noted “it’s good to stay ahead of the curve, especially as students will have more and more devices connected, such as watches and smart speakers such as Alexa or Google home.”