Office of Technology and Network Services began implementing the wireless network on the Baton Rouge campus beginning in the Fall 2002. The wireless network was to initially provide coverage for residential housing and the library, but expanded to include academic areas of the campus.
In the summer of 2005, the campus was 76% wireless with the purchase of more access points to include more buildings throughout the campus. With the increase demand of wireless technology, TNS moved on the demand and purchased more equipment to provide a accessible and stable wireless network.
In the summer of 2010, implemented a wireless network in all residential dormitories and apartments and other areas of the Baton Rouge campus.
Today, 95%of Southern University is wireless capable. The wireless network is based on the IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n standard. The wireless network uses secure socket layer encryption for the protection for transfer of data. The wireless network is available to all Southern University students, faculty, and staff.
The goal of the project is to enhance the functionality of the campus network by extending the network, making our academic and online resources available to our students, faculty, and staff without wires. The wireless network allows students to access the internet, e-mail and Blackboard throughout the campus.