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Campus Wireless Network Continues to Grow

Published: February 08, 2005

The UT community can now surf the Web while tanning poolside. The campus wireless network, available since 2002, has recently expanded to include more than a dozen indoor and outdoor locations such as the campus pool, Vaughn Center lobby, and the Macdonald-Kelce Library.

“Eventually, the whole campus will be wireless,” said Donna Alexander, director of information technology. While she could not say when the process would be complete, she did say that “it could easily be within five years.” She added that, because of its technical limitations, wireless will not replace wired connections, but merely augment them.

As for the continued expansion on campus, Alexander said she anticipates wireless access to be extended to the riverfront this month. Academic areas are the priority, she said, but common areas also are targeted.

“We’re talking with [the providers] and the deans of the colleges to see where they’d like to go next,” she said.

Currently available wireless network locations include:

  • Macdonald-Kelce Library
  • Jaeb Computer Center Lobby
  • Cass Building, first and second floors
  • Plant Hall lobby
  • Vaughn Center lobby
  • Vaughn Center commuter lounge, room 202
  • Vaughn Center
  • Spartan Club
  • Vaughn Center Board Room, ninth floor
  • Sykes College of Business, second floor MBA lounge, room 250, and breakout rooms 275, 276, 280 and 281
  • Stadium Place, first floor
  • Swimming pool area
  • R.K. Bailey Art Studios, Scarfone/Hartley Gallery
For more information, contact the Office of Public Information at or (813) 253-6232.