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Light Up DePaul - Project Description

Project Description

In October of 2018 the DePaul University Board of Trustees approved a funding proposal to upgrade the WiFi network.  The project, titled “Light Up DePaul”, will improve the WiFi network experience in all buildings on both campuses by: increasing speeds, improving reliability and security, enhancing manageability for emerging technology needs and challenges, and adding capacity for future growth.  Student feedback, gathered from the annual technology survey administered by Information Services over the past few years, helped to reinforce the need for this project.  

Faculty, Staff, and Students may see electrical contractors throughout DePaul buildings spaces at various times working to install additional cabling required for the new WiFi access points. Information Services is working with Facilities Operations to minimize any impacts to university business during the project.
You can view the progress of the project here.  

WiFi Upgrade Project Frequently Asked Questions

Will the WiFi network be down during this upgrade?

​No.  When a building is complete, an off-hours cut-over to the new access points will be performed to minimize disruptions.

What additional coverage is being added?

​Areas in academic and administrative buildings that previously had poor or no WiFi coverage will have access points added.  Many outdoor areas on campus, such as the Quad and DPC Plaza, will have access points added to improve WiFi access.

How are WiFi speeds being improved?

​All DePaul WiFi access points will support the latest WiFi standard, 802.11ac, which offers improved speeds and client density. 

When will “my” building be finished?

You may find a broad plan for the project, along with the current progress of the project here.

Who should I call if I’m having issues with WiFi?

​Call the Technology Service Center at 312-362-8765 or visit a Genius Sqaud location in the LPC Library or Loop Lewis building.

Quick facts about the Light Up DePaul Upgrade Project

  • Project Start:  Summer 2018
  • Targeted Completion:  Summer 2019
  • Project Partners​:  Aruba Networks and Rex Electric
  • Change to Network:  DePaul currently has 1501 WiFi Access Points.  At the completion of the project, DePaul will have 1615 WiFi Access Points.
  • Status: In Progress