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Resnet: Outsource and wireless only?
This has hit our radar a couple of times in the past few years. We’ve looked into outsourcing our resnet, but haven’t shown the savings (in our time or dollars). It’s been a couple of years since this has come up, and we’re curious if any other institutions have outsourced.
Along those lines, we’re also looking to serve wireless-only residence halls. The cost to wire/rewire to rooms is substantial. We had a building renovated over the summer, and did choose to add wired access per pillow, but left the patches disconnected in the closets. Connecting by request, we’ve had 12 requests to connect wired access, mostly for gaming consoles, in a 261 resident hall. We show 96 port switches in halls sit with ~90 ports down most of the time.
We’re also looking at providing gig-poe+ ports in the halls to drive cameras, card access, HVAC, and APs, etc., and leaving the 10/100 switches in place.
How have you tackled these questions and solutions in your institutions?
ITS, Colorado College
14 E Cache Poudre
Colorado Springs, CO 80903