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UIC going wireless
Students can access 'Net now; more hotspots to come

by Lynn Gilbertsen
ChicagoCampus.com
June 28, 2003

A plan is in the works that will make campus-wide wireless Internet service a reality.

"Basically, we chose a combination of hardware and software that makes it possible for students and faculty to access the Internet wirelessly inside buildings with [the right setup]," said Ahmed Kassem, director of computing at UIC's Academic Computing and Communications Center (ACCC).

Internet service becomes wireless through a system called "microwave transmission technology." Data is instantly transmitted through the airwaves to an Internet service provider. Signals are sent directly to a receiver and relayed to wireless devices being used by students and faculty.

According to Kassem, as of early summer semester, wireless service was already available at the main Daley Library, in some studios of the Arts and Architecture Building, and in areas surrounding the Behavioral Sciences Building cafeteria.

Kassem called the wireless implementation "an ongoing process," and said ACCC's ultimate goal is to provide service in all areas of campus, indoors and out.

Wireless service means positive change for some UIC students.

"It'll put a wealth of information that is the Internet at my fingertips when I need it most -- in class," said Timothy O"Connell, senior in English Writing.

"I could check e-mail, browse the Internet," he said, "in addition to waging war with my various love-interests."

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