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A Mobile Strategy to Get IT Going


Survey results from the housing move-in for fall semester report that on average, each student is bringing two devices that will connect to the SSU wireless network (SSUnet). UIS understands that when it comes to staying connected, IT matters.

UIS conducts a Campus-wide student survey during the first month of each fall semester. The data from the most recent survey identifies a range of 1-7 devices being used per student. This is consistent with the nationwide increase of multi-device users – also known as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). BYOD requires that both SSU students and IT have a solid strategy for reliable and consistent wireless connectivity on the SSU networks.

UIS committing resources to the appropriate level of usage demand requires that we make wise investments in the technologies that support a scalable architecture for secure and reliable network access. Access points, bandwidth capacity, network access control and licensing comprise the variable factors for deploying Mobile IT.

Each of these variables may occasionally serve as a frustration point to the end user by impacting the quality of service received and the extent to which consistent expectations are realized. Current licensing at SSU allows a student to simultaneously connect five devices to SSUnet in academic classrooms, labs and central green space, on campus.

Based on the data reported by students in the completed surveys, UIS understands it must have plans in place to support anticipated growth and the changes in current technologies. UIS continues to evaluate all mobile usage and performance data while enhancing capacity on the network as needed. These enhancements could include expanding the number and types of mobile devices allowed on the network.

The Campus Wi-Fi network has been upgraded to provide a quality mobile experience for all Shawnee State students, faculty, staff and sponsored guests. The latest technology, faster speeds, and a simpler authentication process keeps you connected to all your mobile devices. SSUnet is ready for you to connect at any time, and allows you to stay connected from building to building.

All SSU faculty, staff, and registered students can access SSUnet with their SSU Network Account. This is the same network account that allows you to logon to all University-owned computers and authorizes access to your campus email.

UIS offers the following suggestions for improving mobile access:

Change Your Password

When UIS establishes your initial network account password, you are required to reset your password. Until this is accomplished, none of your devices will connect to the SSU networks.

It is necessary this task be completed before attempting to connect any of your mobile devices. After 90 days, a password change will be required again to keep your connectivity active. It is important to update your password on all of your devices after your account password is changed in order to stay connected.
If UIS can help you improve your Mobile IT experience on campus, please contact us with your questions.

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