Center for Information Technology Services

HS/HSL Network Infrastructure Upgrade

The present Health Sciences and Human Services Library building opened in 1998. After more than 10 years of use, the current switch (computer networking) infrastructure of the HS/HSL was in need of an upgrade.  New technology services were available, but the old switch technology wouldn’t allow the HS/HSL to take advantage of the latest innovations.

New wireless access points and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) telephones require PoE (Power over Ethernet) technology--a system for transferring electrical power, along with data, to remote devices over standard twisted-pair cable in an Ethernet network.  Consequently a complete upgrade to the switch infrastructure was ordered and installed by CITS.

The new access points installed in the HS/HSL building provide greater coverage, allowing more people to take advantage of a higher speed wireless network.  New SSIDs (Service Set Identifiers)--the public names of the wireless networks that users connect to--were created as part of the new campus wireless initiative.  Attributes associated with a user’s UMB ID login allow him or her to be classified based on an affiliation with the University as either a Student, Faculty, Staff, or Guest.  Permissions are granted based on an individual's affiliation(s) and his or her need to access certain data.

The new wireless system went into service on April 1, 2009.  CITS is continuing the work with the parameters of each SSID and will make additional enhancements after the conclusion of the spring semester.

The conversion of the current telephones to VoIP in the HS/HSL will occur in the next few months.