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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has gone wireless.

UWIN — the University Wireless Information Network — is funded through the Student Technology Enhancement Program (STEP) and is administered by the university’s Department of Information Networks.

The grant established access points in selected areas of the campus that will allow students and faculty to use their laptop computers outside of traditional locations. STEP provided for the core hardware and software of the wireless service. Additional access point locations are being added to network.

UWIN administrators placed stickers denoting wireless coverage on the doors of campus buildings that are UWIN capable. Look for them: They feature an antenna tower atop the bold UWIN logo.

“This grant has two major impacts,” said Stephen J. Mahler, director of Information Networks. “First, it provides the campus with the necessary hardware and software to manage wireless computer network access. Second, the grant deployed our initial wireless services. For example, in Dupre Library the wireless coverage is focused on the open seating areas on all three floors.”

Buildings that have at least partial UWIN coverage include the Student Union, Dupre Library, Guillory, Stephens, Madison, Coronna and Moody halls.

“ Hot spots,” those areas that receive wireless signals — are not limited to the inside of buildings. Other “hot spots” include the Quadrangle, the Swamp and the front of Dupre Library.

Wireless coverage will continue to expand to other areas on campus, Mahler said.

More information on the UWIN service is available at info.louisiana.edu/dept/IN10.html, including computer system requirements, security information and technical support questions. A complete list of “hot spots” also is available.

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