As SMU began developing the East Campus east of North Central Expressway, wireless mesh connections were frequently used to quickly provide SMU network services to buildings. While these connections have been functional, the speed and reliability were not always equal to the wired connections on the west side of US 75. Now, projects have taken place to replace these wireless connections with direct fiber optic connections to the rest of the SMU network!
The buildings that have currently been moved to fiber connections include:
- 6300 North Central Expressway
- 2701 Fondren Drive
- 5538 Dyer Street
- 5539 SMU Boulevard
These new connections not only provide the same speed capabilities as the rest of campus, but they also provide redundancy for more reliable connections to the University Data Center, as well as better protection from environmental damage and Internet Service Provider issues. The new fiber optic cabling plant housing these lines is also designed to grow alongside the East Campus as it continues to expand and evolve.