Increase Wireless Access
Double the number of wireless access points across campus to provide consistent, fast Wi-Fi coverage in all buildings and many high-traffic outdoor areas. 5G technology will provide a wide-area overlay network and add innovative options for research projects.
Update Wired Networks
Survey all network equipment across campus, resolve any power or HVAC issues, and replace all network switches and other equipment. Update the network core by running or replacing fiber in each campus building.
Improve Campus Security
An enhanced network backbone will allow for data segmentation, allowing Texas A&M to build out appropriate network security zones (e.g., Healthcare, Building Automation, Guests, etc.) as well as allow for significant bandwidth usage.
Better Wi-Fi. Coming to a Building Near You.
Improving Wi-Fi is a top priority for the Next-Gen Network and wireless signal strength surveys are underway for each campus building.
When the project is complete, wireless access points across campus will more than double and the projected Wi-Fi coverage is much brighter!
A project of this magnitude does not come without challenges. While work is planned to be complete in three years, potential delays include:
- Scheduling network upgrades/downtime around the academic calendar class schedules, research activities and athletic events
- Planning requires coordination between multiple groups including facilities, utilities, vendors and building occupants
- Supply chain issues and availability of new network equipment
What to Expect
Each step of the project will be carefully and intentionally planned around the academic calendar to minimize any impact on teaching and learning.
Here's what you can expect during construction of the network.
We will need your help to ensure network updates go smoothly for the individuals in your units and buildings.
See details about network upgrades.