DMC Rolls Out Two New Campus Wi-Fi Networks

Article by: Richard Guerrero Jr.

 Del Mar College is inviting students as well as faculty and staff to “Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)” to access the Internet across campus via a pair of new Wi-Fi hotspot networks. The new networks will allow users to leave their worries about data plan limits behind even as they interact online with faculty and staff at the College as well as surf the Internet. 

To help promote awareness among students, members of the Student Government Association and the Genshiken Anime Student Registered Organization took part in a walk-through presentation by student leader Allen Roberts in the Harvin Student Center today, Thursday, September 18. 

Information Technology Services began working on a “BYOD” initiative this summer to provide a greater level of Internet connectivity to DMC students who require web access to complete academic work as well as conduct college business such as submitting Financial Aid documents. 

To better manage web traffic, the ITS team has created two networks. VikingNet serves DMC students; faculty and staff have Wi-Fi connectivity via DelmarNet. Both networks have been in service for about a week.  

Both VikingNet and DelmarNet provide general access to the Web as well as connectivity to DMC’s secure network resources such as the Canvas Learning Management System and WebDMC in practically every building on the East and West Campuses of the College.  

To log in, students, faculty and staff will provide user and password info on an authentication page or splash page.  

Connectivity can be gained via any wireless device such as a tablet or smart phone with Wi-Fi capability; however, users will be limited to authenticating two devices at the same time, says August Alfonso, Chief Information Technology Officer for the College. 

“Going forward, we will evaluate the amount of bandwidth students use on average – it’s a primary consideration that is under review for expansion,” Alfonso says.  

The Wi-Fi initiative has two additional phases, Alfonso adds. Phase Two is a planned wireless backbone upgrade based on student data usage statistics. Phase Three is a planned bandwidth increase or upgrade depending on student WiFi usage statistics.

“The outcome is a student-friendly Wi-Fi solution for all DMC students,” Alfonso says. 

The “Bring Your Own Device” initiative is just one of several high-profile projects for the Information Technology Services team at the College. This summer, the team replaced the web-based Blackboard Learning System with Canvas LMS, which uses a cloud-based integration model.  

In addition, the team also launched “Ask the Viking” database tool that provides answers to questions web users pose via search field on the College’s home page. To date, the database has close to 270 answers to questions; the ITS team expects to continually add new answers to the database as questions from students arrive.  

For the four-week Fall 2013 registration period, the ITS team tracked almost 4,000 questions receiving answers during Week One, nearly 5,000 during Week Two, 769 questions receiving answers during Week Three and 392 during Week Four. 

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In the photo: DMC student Allen Roberts leads a step-by-step presentation on how students can log in to the new campus Wi-Fi hotspot network, VikingNet. Information Technology Services has also set up a second network for faculty and staff called DelmarNet. 

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