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Upgrade Wi-Fi Network (Cougar Place)

Overall Project Status: COMPLETE

Project Goals & Objectives

  • Improve Wi-Fi coverage and capacity by moving from a hallway Wi-Fi design to an in-suite design in all bedrooms/suites.
  • Meet or exceed our SLA of minimum 5Mbps in all areas in the building
  • Upgrade access layer network (access switches in IDFs and WAPs) to meet current network standards (Gigabit switches and 802.11ac) in Cougar Place.

Scope of Work

  • Cabling and installation of 226 AP822s, one per room. Current APs in rooms are model AP320s; future will be AP822s (802.11ac capable).
  • Replacement of all 10/100 switches with 1Gb switches with 10Gb uplink capability. A total of 13 switches will be replaced.
  • Installation of one 4500X in BDF with 10Gb uplink to the core.

Major Milestones

Milestone Target Completion Date Comments/Deliverables
1 Project Kickoff 9/21/2015 Meeting held on 9/21. Meeting minutes posted in project web site.
2 Initiation phase completed. Project Charter Approved 10/23/2015 Signed project charter.
3 Planning phase completed. 10/23/2015 Vendor walk-throughs. Request equipment quotes. Pre-test in random rooms. Project plan/schedule approved.
4 Design phase completed. Wi-Fi/Wired Design Completed 10/23/2015 Actual Ekahau maps and other network design files (floor plans) as needed.
5 Cabling activities start 10/26/2015 Vendor will start activities in hallways. Schedules shared with Don. SHRL will send out communications to students.
6 Procurement Completed 11/20/2015 Ordering, purchasing, and equipment received
7 Access switches – configuration and installation completed 12/11/2015 Analysts will configure switches upon arrival and UH technicians will install them in IDFs in prep for January cutover
8 Start cabling installation in rooms 12/17/2015 Vendor installations in rooms. Rooms available on 12/17/15
9 Finalize installation/deployment 1/10/2015 Students move-in on 1/15/16
10 Post-testing / QA 1/13/2016 Students move-in on 1/15/16
11 Project Completed 1/31/2016 LLR, finalize project documentation

Project Timeline

Project Start 10/26/2015    
1st floor 10/26/2015 11/6/2015 Install cables in hallways
2nd Floor 10/26/2015 11/6/2015 Install cables in hallways
3rd Floor 10/26/2015 11/6/2015 Install cables in hallways
4th floor 11/6/2015 11/13/2015 Install cables in hallways
5th floor 11/6/2015 11/13/2015 Install cables in hallways
6th floor 11/6/2015 11/13/2015 Install cables in hallways
7th floor 11/6/2015 11/13/2015 Install cables in hallways
Closet prep 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 11/16/2015 11/20/2015 Closet prep and termination.
room termination and testing 12/17/2015 1/10/2016 Room installation, Testing , AP install
Project End   1/10/2016