Long answer: Due to the limitations of current signaling technology, there is considerably less bandwidth available to the user on wireless than on the wired network. CWU has installed 802.11g access points which have a theoretical maximum throughput of 54Mb/s. In practice, the maximum is closer to 27Mb/s. Moreover, 802.11g is designed to be compatible with 802.11b devices, which have a maximum bandwidth of 11Mb/s. As soon as an 802.11b device joins the network, performance goes down to a maximum of about 13Mb/s.
This bandwidth is shared by all users associated with an access point. Contrast this number to the dedicated 100Mb/s typical on the wired CWU network. Will you notice the difference? That depends on what you are doing. If you're just surfing the web or checking your email, you probably won't have any complaints, but if you're performing large file transfers, it will definitely be slower.
How do I get connected to the wireless network at CWU?
Answer: All students, faculty, and staff are authorized to connect to this network. Information on what equipment is needed and how to register on the network is available at: http://www.cwu.edu/its-helpdesk/getting-connected
Who decided the priorities for where wireless would be installed?
Answer: Obviously, there are different opinions as to which buildings should be networked first. The University Information Technology Advisory Committee (UITAC), which has representatives from each of the four colleges, ITS, and other groups on campus, set the priorities:
The Library and common areas were chosen so that ITS could begin installation while priorities were being set for other buildings.
The Music Education Facility was done as part of its construction, and Bouillon had wireless installed as part of the initial testing and development by ITS.
Priorities for other areas were based on the number of students who are served in these buildings, the perceived usefulness of wireless in these buildings, difficulty of installation, and the adequacy of the existing wired network.