Off Campus Connections

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. Fiber connections provide up to a 200 Gbps connection.
  • Fixed Wireless Connections (Preferred, where fiber is unavailable)
    Where fiber is unavailable, fixed wireless connections are an alternative way to extend U-M networking to a remote, off-campus location. Fixed wireless requires a line of sight to a campus building that has access to the U-M fiber network. Fixed wireless is limited to a 1 Gbps connection.
  • 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., XFinity, 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 types of services. ADSL connections are suitable for small departments that do not require a lot of bandwidth.