In mid-December, the OIT infrastructure team worked to add additional wireless access points in Dallas Hall. Their efforts aid SMU in providing better wireless performance for high-density areas. The building previously had 28 wireless access points and now contains over 60. These technical improvements also enhanced Wi-Fi connections in larger classrooms.
The Jerry Junkins building also received maintenance at the beginning of January when the team replaced 10-year-old Hewlett-Packard routing and switching equipment with new Cisco equipment that brings 100G connectivity into the building and enables future Wi-Fi 6 capabilities. 25G connectivity was obtained between each Intermediate Distribution Frame (IDF, also known and labeled as telecom rooms within buildings) by installing a new single-mode fiber in each room, which increases performance for the building’s infrastructure itself and end-user devices.
Plans are now underway to upgrade buildings throughout campus. The Embrey building is tentatively scheduled for February 4th, followed by work in Caruth Hall. Though not scheduled yet, Prothro and Bridwell will receive the same wireless upgrades performed in Dallas Hall.
Below is a list of buildings we plan to upgrade in 2023.
|Wireless Building Upgrades||Wired Building Upgrades|
|Carr Collins||Annette Caldwell Simmons|
|Boaz||Collins Executive Center|
|Bridwell||Dawson Service Center|
|2701 Fondren||J. Lindsay Embrey|
|Caruth||Greer Garson Theatre|
|Cockrell-McIntosh||Hamon Arts Library|
|Harold Clark Simmons||Hyer Hall|
|Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports & Band Hall||McFarlin Auditorium|
|Fondren Sciences||Owens Fine Arts Center|
|Dedman Life Sciences||Umphrey Lee|
|Memorial Health Center|
|Owens Fine Arts Center|
|Styslinger / Altec Tennis Complex|
For an SMU interactive map with current Wi-Fi hotspots, please visit https://map.smu.edu/?id=1914%23!ce/55241?s/?ct/57924,58083.