The Mount Marty College wireless network is the centrally managed by the ITSS department and provides the campus community and guests with wireless Internet access as they roam with in the coverage are of specific buildings. Radio frequency (RF) around the campus is random due to the college's size and initial wireless deployments. Physical impediments such as thick walls, metal structures and trees all interfere with RF propagation. Mount Marty ITSS provides wireless maps so that the campus community and guests can view where coverage is located. Mount Marty College is committed to improving wireless networking on campus by enhancing coverage. However, in some cases it may be more feasible to use wired ethernet jack service instead of wireless. There are 76 wireless access points deployed on the system. The network runs on 802.11abgn technology, blocks rogue Access Point (AP) and intrusion detection, central management operations, guest access services and more.
Increased Data RateMount Marty is currently using next-generation 802.11N APs, which are designed to increase wireless network speeds. Initial data rates could be in the 70-100 Mbps range, with data rates climbing over time to the 150-300 Mbps range. These numbers are peak speed rates. An end user’s experience varies in more populated areas because wireless is a shared medium.
Legacy Client SupportNew system APs provide backward compatibility and support for legacy 802.11 a/b/g clients.
Device SupportThe wireless network only supports devices such as laptops and other specialized wireless devices are prohibited due their in ability to support Cisco (NAC) Network Admission Control.
Multiple SSIDsMount Marty Broadcasts the SSID across campus and remote locations.
MOUNTMARTYSTAFF Secure and Encrypted
MOUNTMARTY Not Secure and Not Encrypted
MOUNTMARTYPUBLIC Not Secure and Not Encrypted ACL enforced
MOUNTMARTYSIOUXFALLS Not Secure and Not Encrypted Private Key required
MOUNTMARTYSTJO Not Secure and Not Encrypted No Private Key required
Authentication and SecurityAccess to the wireless network for students and staff requires central authentication based on ADSSO with radius and Active Directory authentication .
Guest and Visitor ServicesAuthorized network administrators are able to define guest user accounts for wireless network access.
Un-Authenticated AccessUn-authenticated and severely limited network access is not provided.
Voice SupportThe wireless network is not capable of supporting voice communications. Wide-ranging support for voice applications requires high-density AP deployment.
Power Over EthernetPower over Ethernet (POE) or inline power injectors are used to power APs. Power injectors are placed in closets to provide power for the APs in user areas.
Life CriticalityThe wireless network is not a life-critical network. It is not appropriate for any life-critical applications to rely solely on the wireless network. Any life-critical applications must have appropriate alternate means of support such as when wireless service is not available.
Service Support and RepairThe wireless network is designed to run 24/7, but not all elements of the system trigger immediate support if there is an overnight or weekend hardware or system failure. High impact failures at the core node level require and receive immediate attention. However, the failure of a single AP outside of normal business hours does not necessarily require immediate service. If an AP fails during the evening or weekend and it is not accessible or does not impact service for a large number of people, it is not repaired until normal business hours resume.
OutdoorsMount Marty does not provide wireless connectivity for outside or outdoor locations. Users roaming from building to building should always save their work before moving to prevent corruption of data..