Replace aging wireless infrastructure with a state of the art Fibre to the Building solution.
From the main academic building 2 fibre trunking cables were installed 1 to feed the west side of the campus and 1 to feed the east side of campus. The fibre trunk was installed aerial as well as underground in sections, from the main trunk fibre drop cables were installed to each building. 28 buildings were connected in this project back to the main academic building via single mode fibre cable. In each building wireless access points were installed to serve mobile clients as well as Gigabit ethernet connections for desktops, backup servers, or printers.
Highway crossing, unmapped utilities, widely varying landscapes.
One of the challenges was installing an underground conduit up a very steep hill, in the end we decided on plowing it in with a tractor. This worked well since there was very little possible disturbance to the area and we didn’t need to install the conduit very deep.
The overall performance of the network has greatly improved moving from a PTMP wireless network model over to a FTTB model. It is now possible to have all of the data from the academic servers backed up to a secure location in a building on the other side of the campus. Another benefit from the project was the installation of a unified wireless mesh network in every building, resulting in staff and students being able to roam from building to building seamlessly.
This fibre network has been in operation for over 3 years and has not had 1 outage relating to the fibre infrastructure, greatly improved over the previous wireless system that would have issues nearly every month.