University spawns MU Gaming network
Published: Friday, September 6, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 6, 2013 01:09
The Information Technology (IT) Services at Miami University has increased their wireless internet bandwidth exponentially, created a new network specifically for gamers and added 500 new Wi-Fi access points in the span of one month.
According to Senior Director for IT Communications & Relationship Management, Cathy McVey, Bandwidth is the amount of data that can be carried from one point to another. It is usually measured in gigabits per second. She explained why the IT Services has increased the amount of Wi-Fi bandwidth access across campus.
“The demand [for sufficient bandwidth] grows and we are continuing to work and meet that demand because we know that that’s important not only for the academic side, but the residence halls,” McVey said. “They are your home and you expect to have good service there, so we take that responsibility seriously.”
According to Chris Bernard, the Director of Network Engineering and Communications, the IT staff created a new Wi-Fi network called MU Gaming to help students receive better connection on their gaming devices than in previous years.
He said when logging on to MU Wireless with any device, before a students enter in their credentials, there is some encryption that happens to ensure that their username, password and other information being transmitted is safe. Unfortunately, certain gadgets don’t accept MU Wireless’s system.
“A lot of gaming devices can’t support [the encryption piece] so we had to create a separate network to support those,” Bernard said. “It is merely a way for those devices to be able to get onto the network in a way that they can handle it.”
Sophomore Erik Weaver, a PS3 user, gave positive feedback regarding MU Gaming.
“I have enjoyed MU Gaming a lot this year already,” he said. “With it being on a separate network, everything that I’ve used from streaming movies on Netflix to playing my PS3 has been so much quicker.”
Randy Hollowell, Senior Communication and Web Coordinator of Information, encouraged faculty, staff and students to consider installing free virus protection on their devices. He said if they do not get virus protection, they may be removed from the wireless internet network.
“If a computer has a virus or is potentially a threat to other computers on the network, there is an ability to sort of quarantine that computer or to not allow it to have network access until that system is clean. Our IT Center in 317 Hughes Hall will help students to clean their machine, and there is a charge for that, but they have to prove that the machine is clean before they are able to get back onto the network.”
Whether connection problems or issues with electronic devices in general, Randy Hollowell said IT Services is willing to help with any problems students are facing.
“It is important for students to realize that if they have issues, definitely to call or to contact the support desk, so that we are aware of those issues so we have the opportunity to fix them,” Hollowell said.
Those seeking technological support can contact the IT Services Center at 513-529-7900 or firstname.lastname@example.org