Today marked the completion of the much-anticipated project to expand wireless connectivity to residence facility common areas. The project resulted in the expansion of the campus' wireless Internet service (via Wireless PittNet) to nine locations on campus: lobbies of Hemlock, Hickory, Laurel, Maple, and Oak Halls; third floor study room of Willow Hall; third common area in the Living-Learning Center; the Larkspur Lodge commuter room; and the Buckhorn Lodge study area.
Prior to today's launch, wireless connectivity was available only in academic spaces including Blackington Hall, Biddle Hall, Engineering and Science Building, Krebs Hall, Owen Library, Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Sports Center, Student Union, and Whalley Chapel. The service, which can also be accessed from a number of outdoor areas adjacent to the academic buildings, is available to all Pitt-Johnstown students, faculty, and staff at no cost.
Wireless PittNet has been designed to be robust, expandable, and adaptable. It uses state-of-the-art technology, and is built on the strength of the University’s wired network, PittNet. Wireless PittNet is supported as a full production service from the University community, meaning it will boast the same tremendous reliability and dependability as our wired network.
I would like to express my gratitude for the efforts of Jeff Sernell, associate vice president for information technology, and his team to expand coverage to the new areas. I am also deeply appreciative to Student Government Association President Cliff Maloney in presenting the request for expanded service on behalf of the students.
I officially launched the expanded service with a tweet to all of Pitt-Johnstown's Twitter followers, "THIS MESSAGE IS BEING SENT VIA THE NEWLY EXPANDED WIRELESS PITTNET AT PITT-JOHNSTOWN" and a post to Pitt-Johnstown's official Facebook fan page.