University of Calgary

Wireless outside

May 19, 2009
Martha Gonzalez, a second-year psychology student, is excited that students are no longer confined to staying indoors to access
With warmer weather on the way Martha Gonzalez, a second-year psychology student, is looking forward to working outdoors.

Take it outside

Students and staff at the University of Calgary can now experience the true meaning of being wireless on campus.  AirUC, the university’s wireless network, has now been expanded to three popular outdoor areas on campus.

“The campus wireless network is a tremendous asset for the university and we will continue to enhance and improve the services provided through it,” says Doug Doran, manager of Network Services in IT. “Outdoor wireless is great for student use and in addition can be used by faculty and staff for various outdoor activities and projects.”

Outdoor wireless can be accessed in the following areas:

  • Swann Mall, between Science A and MacKimmie Library Block (home to the popular Prairie Chicken hill).
  • The lawn area in front of the ICT building.
  • The area in front of the south entrance of MacEwan Student Centre adjacent to Kinesiology A.

Coverage is strongest where AirUC antennas have been installed, and access to the Internet may be affected by signal interference from buildings, trees, or other factors.

Martha Gonzalez, a second-year psychology student, is excited that students are no longer confined to staying indoors to access the Internet.

“Outdoor wireless is really convenient because it allows you to study where you want,” says Gonzalez. “Study spaces inside with wireless access usually fill up quickly, so it’s nice that we have the option to work outside now.”

Gonzalez adds that a bonus to outdoor wireless is the fact that students can take even more advantage of warm weather on campus.

“Working outdoors can be inspiring.  It’s great that we can get some fresh air as opposed to being inside all of the time when we need to use the Internet.”

For more information on AirUC outdoors and to see a map of outdoor access points, visit the IT website.

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