Client : Florida State University

Who Is Florida State University?

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University - with the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation, Doctoral/Research University-Extensive - offers a distinctive academic environment built on its cherished values and unique heritage, welcoming campus on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, championship athletics, and prime location in the heart of the state capital.

Combining traditional strength in the arts and humanities with recognized leadership in the sciences, Florida State University provides unmatched opportunities for students and faculty through challenging academics, cultural discovery and community interaction.

Underlying and supporting the educational experience at Florida State University is the development of new generations of citizen leaders, based on the concepts inscribed in our seal: Vires, Artes, Mores - Strength, Skill and Character.

Epitomized by recently named Rhodes Scholars Garrett Johnson and Myron Rolle - elite athletes and scholars ...

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committed to public service - and Joseph O'Shea - a campus and community leader as well as a top scholar - Florida State's 40,000 students are dedicated to academic excellence and providing leadership in our complex world.

Florida State University's 16 colleges offer more than 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, including medicine and law, covering a broad array of disciplines critical to society today. Each year the University awards over 2,000 graduate and professional degrees.

With its impressive breadth of leading graduate, professional and undergraduate programs, Florida State University is a demanding, intellectually stimulating, yet warm and caring environment for students and faculty. Recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity, Florida State University is a national leader in the number of doctorates awarded to African-American students and in the graduation rate of African-American undergraduates. Its College of Medicine and College of Law are ranked in the nation's Top 10 for Hispanic students.

Florida State University's arts programs - dance, film, music and theatre - rank among the finest in the world, offering an arts education comparable to leading conservatories. Its creative writing program is ranked among the nation's best and is home to the most consistently honored and published student body in the United States. Florida State is responsible for governance of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and associated arts programs, one of the largest museum/university complexes in the nation.

Other programs consistently included in the top public university list include physics, chemistry, political science, psychology, criminology, public administration, library science, information, human sciences, business and law.

At the Ph.D. level, interdisciplinary programs draw on notable research faculty strengths that transcend the traditional disciplines, including neuroscience, molecular biophysics, computational science, materials science and research at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory-home to the world's most powerful magnets.



Overview

In 2001 Florida State University had a small wireless network footprint established on their main campus in Tallahassee, Florida. With the student and faculty population growing and more buildings being built on campus the requirements to expand the network became a priority.

It was essential that they come up with a solution to provide the new buildings and schools access to the main campus network and to provide wireless nework connectivity to the growing student body and faculty.


Solution

We had the pleasure of assisting Florida State University in setting up their initial wireless network infrastructure for the students, faculty and staff. This setup required utilizing wireless connections to remotely extend the main campus network to new campus buildings and schools through access points, bridges, and powerful antennas eliminating the need for wires. Access points were also set up strategically in numerous buildings and floors to provide wireless network access for wireless users.

Extensive site surveys and range testing was conducted to determine the best placement for hardware and antennas to eliminate signal drop off and maximize the strength.

We also designed the original ACNS (Academic Computing Network Services) wireless website for the University. The website depicted hot spots by mapping out all floors in specific buildings to inform users of wireless signal strength and access.

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