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Durham University

Computing and Information Services

Wi-Fi improvement project

Throughout 2020-21, we will be upgrading all of the Wi-Fi Access Points (APs) across campus.

This significant project will see CIS come into each College, Department and University building to improve capacity and connectivity, remove blackspots and enhance internet speed.

We've already completed work across most Hill College sites - and our Phase 4 schedule of works set out below will see the project near completion of all Hill, Upper and Lower Mountjoy areas, and switch focus to Colleges and Academic Departments in Central Durham in Summer 2021.

Phase 4 sites commencing start of April '21

  • Hild Bede College, St Cuth's Society (Parson's Field Site accoommodation only), University College, Hatfield College
  • Business School, Chemistry, Engineering, Geography, Elvet Hill House, Oriental Museum, Southend House, SGIA (Al-Qasimi Building)

Phase 1 Sites Complete:
Grey College, Josephine Butler College, Stephenson College
Botanic Gardens, Estates Depot

Phase 2 Sites Complete:
St Aidan's, Trevelyan, Van Mildert and St Mary's Colleges
Ustinov College - Dryburn site accommodation
Biosciences, LSSU, Psychology, Bill Bryson Library

Phase 3 Sites Complete:
Elvet Riverside 1 and 2, Mountjoy Centre, Palatine Centre (inc Law School)
Calman Learning Centre, Arthur Holmes Building, Dawson Building, Materials Chemistry Building
Physics New Ogden Centre

What to expect

In order to achieve the coverage and capacity improvement goals of the Project, we will be increasing the number and capability of wireless Access Points across campus significantly. This will be achieved in a number of ways:

  • Replacing existing legacy Access Points in-situ with latest-generation devices
  • Running new network cable to install an Access Point in a new location
  • In student bedrooms, we may test and repurpose existing cabling which previously supported the old wired residential network, to accommodate a new Access Point being installed in the room.

If you've heard we're coming to your College or Department next, you may have some questions around this, so we've put together some FAQs below to help you understand the process, and clarify any concerns you may have.