Network infrastructure updates to affect several buildings Jan. 31

Western Today staff

The Network Switches and Infrastructure Project at Western Washington University is moving through campus, and the next buildings affected will be the Humanities Building, Carver Gymnasium, the Performing Arts Center and Canada House.

Data service will be interrupted in those buildings sometime after 7 p.m. Jan. 31 and will be restored before 6 a.m. Feb. 1. All wired and wireless data connections in the buildings will be affected.

Everyone in the affected areas should log off their computers but leave them turned on when heading home Jan. 31. The work will not harm computers and will assist staff in testing connectivity to the network after the installation.

On Feb. 1, users should:

  • Reboot your computer
  • Check access to the Internet
  • Check access to networked drives
  • Print a page to your networked printer
  • Check Banner access if applicable

The work being done involves replacing the current and outdated network devices installed in 2000 with upgraded devices. In addition, this project provides for an order of magnitude greater network bandwidth and speeds from the network core to the desktop. The new equipment also better prepares the network for future expanded Wi-Fi services and voice over IP telephony (VoIP).

For more information, call Telecommunications at (360) 650-3600 or email

Friday, January 28, 2011 - 11:22am