UIT Strategic Priority: Network Connectivity - University of Houston
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Network Connectivity


Faculty, students and staff rely on voice, data and video services to communicate and work on a daily basis. Network connectivity is a core component to any IT service and provides the underlying infrastructure for all voice, data and video.

Supporting the growing demand for ubiquitous Wi-Fi services on campus is paramount. In Fall 2021, over 100,000 unique devices connect to the Wi-Fi network each day. In order to improve this service, there must be continued investment in building a robust infrastructure.

Equally important is the need to continue improving the network connectivity to the world and to our research networks, resulting in faster access to applications and increased productivity.


  • With the University — Competitive Resources: UIT works with colleges and divisions to assess their network infrastructure and emerging needs to continuously improve network services, contributing to a mission-critical resource base.
  • With the University — Student Success: UIT strives to ensure the students’ need for a ubiquitous and reliable Wi-Fi network is consistently met.
  • With the UH System — Principles 1 and 9: UIT works with other UHS campuses through the Technology Review program, sharing best practices for design and implementation of wired and Wi-Fi networks. This supports two UHS Principles: the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and UHS maximizes the benefit to faculty/staff of being within a system ( Appendix A ).
  • With the State — Reliable & Secure Services: UH wired and Wi-Fi networks address the critical Connectivity part of this TX-DIR strategic goal.

WiFi metrics


  • Completed a 5-year roadmap to replace Meru Wi-Fi infrastructure with HPE Aruba Networks infrastructure, providing higher reliability and increasing performance by 40%.
  • We continue increasing our outdoor Wi-Fi implementations. Some completed in 2021 include the TDECU Stadium, UH Sugar Land and parking lot 8A.  
  • During the last 2 years, we continued supporting the UH Campus expansion by implementing network services in new buildings such as the Quads, Elgin Garage, University Gateway Garage, UH Katy and UH Sugar Land Technology.
  • Sunset the legacy Cisco distribution network infrastructure and upgraded it to 10Gb HPE routers. Upgraded the access network infrastructure supporting Wi-Fi to Gigabit switches.


  • Retire aging access network switches supporting security cameras and wired connectivity in academic spaces. Of about 3,500 access switches, 8% are due for upgrade.
  • Upgrade network management systems and Wi-Fi monitoring tools to maintain vendor support.
  • Reengineer our Wi-Fi network to continue supporting network growth brought by expansion and capital projects (e.g., College of Medicine, Law Center, Core Buildings upgrade and The HUB).


  • Implement the next-generation WLAN Architecture.
  • Continue upgrading the inter- and intra-building fiber connectivity across campus buildings to improve performance reliability.
  • Through UH System-level collaborations, create UHS Guidelines and Design Standards for IT Facilities in new and legacy buildings, and a program for annual inspections and remediation.
  • Reengineer the Security Cameras infrastructure (network and servers) from a distributed architecture to a centralized one.