Lyle Unification Project Update: August 2016

Over this summer, OIT has worked diligently to unify Lyle services. We have made progress with networking, including wireless, and lab updates over these past months.

The Lyle wired networking equipment was updated to the latest software providing more security and stability. We have also inventoried the wall jack locations to increase our response time when tickets are generated.

Hardwired networking connections in Embrey have been upgraded from 100Mpbs to 1000Mpbs (1Gpbs) bringing them up to the same standard as Caruth and Junkins. It is our goal to not only improve the quality of service for each user but to also make sure that quality is consistent across all buildings.

All of the battery backup systems supporting the hardwired and wireless connections for all systems in Lyle have been replaced with new units. These backups provide redundancies for when the power supply and electrical outlet failures occur keeping the network online and operational until a fix is implemented.

The wireless throughout Lyle has dramatically improved as we have replaced all the wireless access points. These wireless access points support the newer and faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, as well as, the slower 802.11n Wi-Fi standard that the older access points were using. We have also significantly increased the wireless density by adding many more access points than previous and as a result, the wireless coverage is much better.

Lyle labs have been cleaned and re-imaged in preparation for the start of the school year. The labs printing are now using PaperCut to manage student print quotas which is contiguous throughout SMU. The print quota allotted to each student has not changed from the previous year.

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Ian Aberle is the IT Communications Specialist and Trainer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He started at SMU in 1996 and, for much of his career at the University, had managed the SMU STAR Program before joining the Training & Communications Team in 2015. In his free time, Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family. You can see examples of when the two collide at ianaberle.com.