July 31, 2006: Capilano College goes wireless

      July 31, 2006
      Contact: Shelley Kean

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—With the increasing mobility of students and instructors on modern-day campuses comes the requirement for a wireless network that will deliver powerful technology services. To meet this demand, Capilano College has added wireless access to all buildings used by students at its North Vancouver, Squamish and Sunshine Coast campuses.

      Coverage at the North Vancouver campus extends to the Cedar building quadrangle, the north campus field and the bus shelter, as well as many other communal spaces. This new service will free computer users from traditional wired lines and will provide them with access to the College network and to the Internet.

      “Our decision to go wireless brings an array of benefits to our students, the College and its employees,” says acting College vice-president, Finance and Administration, Cindy Turner. “Because access points will allow coverage in and around all student-use buildings, students will be able to do their computing work when and where it is convenient for them. It will also allow them to connect easily to the network without worrying about cables or plugs.”

      A wireless community will make it easier for faculty to connect to the network from various locations. They will be able to use the network for outside classes and will have more flexibility when moving to other campus locations where they may require an Internet connection. In addition, College employees who move from one office or teaching space to another never need to change their laptop’s configuration.

      To access the wireless network, College students and employees must have a laptop computer and an 802.11b/g compatible network card. Wireless service on campus is limited to students and employees who have a valid Capilano College user ID. Students will use their network user ID and password that is given to them when they register for classes. College employees need to register their laptops with IT Services.

      Visit www.capilanou.ca/services/community/it-services/laptops/wireless for more information about the wireless network. Questions can be directed to the IT help line at 604.984.4952, or support@capilanou.ca