Wireless Service Expands on Campus

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

In the fall of 2005, Cedarville became the first university in the eastern U.S. to install advanced wireless networking by 5G Wireless Communications. 5G Wireless Communications, whose other clients include UCLA and Cal State Long Beach, distinguishes itself from its competitors by using a minimal number of cellular-style base stations to achieve a low coverage cost per acre. 5G positioned just two sets of high-gain antennas at CU (one on the radio tower, one on the water tower) to blanket the 400-acre campus. Students use standard 802.11b wireless cards to gain network access.

Cedarville University had already provided, for some time, wireless network access in all classrooms, common areas such as the dining hall and library, and in the residence hall lounges. By this fall, additional improvements will result in full wireless Internet coverage in residence hall rooms.

These expansions of wireless access continue Cedarville’s history of technological innovation. In 1992, the University introduced the “CedarNet” network, which now connects more than 2,600 PCs across campus with the Internet, e-mail, and more than 200 instructional software programs. Each residence hall room was equipped with a PC and printer. Also in 1992, IBM selected Cedarville as a National Showcase Partner. In 1997, CAUSE (now known as EDUCAUSE), the association for managing and using information technology in higher education, ranked Cedarville as the top campus network in the nation among institutions with annual operating budgets of less than $100 million.