Pitt IT network upgrades will help with security and bandwidth

Faculty and staff should notice Wi-Fi and network improvements when the fall term begins, says Pitt IT, thanks to some summertime changes.

In July, Pitt IT began installing new controllers and access points in high-use areas of the Pittsburgh campus — especially classrooms, study areas and common spaces. Instructors and their students should see upgrades in streaming video capabilities and other functions in classrooms, and any Pitt personnel working in or around those areas should now have more reliable high-bandwidth connectivity.

All regional campuses also received Pitt IT’s network infrastructure upgrades this summer with the aim of increasing performance, security and bandwidth capacity for devices.

In addition, Pitt IT has updated network security — core firewall and DNS functionality (for domain name reading) — to improve security, reliability and the functions of the Virtual Private Network (VPN) product GlobalProtect, which is in place of the now-decommissioned IPSEC.

For students, Pitt IT has upgraded residential Wi-Fi (MyResNet), particularly in newer housing at the Residence Inn and Carlow College.

— Marty Levine


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