primary offerings - Technology @ Berkeley

primary offerings - Technology @ Berkeley
UC Berkeley Campus WiFi Op/ons History of Wireless at Berkeley
Beginning in Fall 2001, a pilot wireless LAN service
became available in selected locations around
campus. The new service, known as AirBears,
enables one to connect to the campus network using
a laptop equipped with a wireless Ethernet card. The
service is based on the IEEE standard 802.11 wireless
LAN technology.
Upcoming WiFi Improvements for
Visitors and Guests
CalVisitor – will provide WiFi Internet access
for campus visitors and guests, without
requiring the creation of a Guest Account.
eduroam – will provide WiFi Connectivity to
The service was able to grow slowly, based on the
needs of the departments in the buildings. In 2012,
UC Berkeley IST was able to partner with AT&T to
dramatically increase the number of access points,
resulting in a more expansive coverage with higher
overall throughput.
visitors from other eduroam enabled
institutions It will also allow UC Berkeley
faculty, staff and students to use the WiFi
networks at those institutions. More
information on eduroam is available at
As of June 1, 2014, there are now over 3,600 access
points that provide services in the Academic,
Administrative, and Residence areas of the
Support for Wireless Networking
The current implementation of the campus wireless
networks can handle up to 75,000 different client
devices simultaneously. Regularly, peak client
counts are around 24,000 devices.
Campus Shared Services
[email protected]
Future of Wireless at Berkeley
Based on the needs and requests of the users of the
campus wireless network, IST has the following
objectives in the planning stages for future release:
Enhancements for guest and visitor WiFi access.
802.11ac – The next generation of wireless network communication.
Devices, both network and client, that support this standard will be
able to utilize higher data rates than ever before.
*Note: The maximum transmission rate is the representation of the
speed data can flow in a single direction over the wireless devices. IEEE-802.11 devices utilize a shared medium, resulting in a halfduplex operation. The actual data rates for end-to-end
communication will vary based on the number of users, the quality
of the radio signal, and the overall amount of data being passed
over the wireless medium. RESEARCH POSTER PRESENTATION DESIGN © 2012
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