Off campus buildings are connected to the Core Network in various ways, depending on their location and distance from campus.
- Fiber Optic Connections (Preferred, where available)
Where available or when higher bandwidth and speed are needed, ITS works with units to install fiber optic connections.
- Fixed Wireless Connections (Preferred, where fiber is not available)
Where fiber is unavailable, fixed wireless connections are best alternative connection to the campus Core Network from an off campus location. Fixed wireless requires a line of sight to a fiber-connected campus building.
- ADSL (Residential/Business) Connections (Alternate solution if location requires)
Where fiber or a line of sight is unavailable, ITS can assist units in working with outside vendors (e.g., Comcast, AT&T, etc.) to coordinate a residential/business level connection for their off campus location. ITS Infrastructure Project Managers help units order and design the vendor solution, as well as providing overlay components to the vendor service to secure and optimize unit connections. ITS is also working with outside vendors to develop campus level contracts for these type of services.
- DS-1 & DS-3 Connections (No longer available)
Some units still maintain DS-1 (1.5 Mbps) and DS-3 (45 Mbps) connections which provide connectivity to the campus Core Network from off campus locations. ITS worked with outside vendors (e.g., Comcast, AT&T, etc.) to coordinate the installation of these connections on behalf of campus units. This solution is being phased out as fiber, fixed wireless, and ADSL connections are the current recommended solutions for units.