::-Kasetsart expands WLAN
100 nodes at Bang Khen campus
University's Bang Khen campus now offers wireless connectivity
from over 100 wireless access points and the university has
announced plans for wireless networks for all of its three
|It began implementing a wireless network in
mid-2001 at the Bang Khen campus with the Engineering Faculty
and the Computer Services Office, as well as at its Sakon Nakhon
|KU's Office of the Computer Services director
Assoc Prof Surasak Sanguanpong said a pilot project for a wireless
LAN has been at the Engineering Faculty, and this had been followed
by a wireless network at the Computer Service Office serving
instructors and administrators, enabling electronic meetings.
|The service which is called KUWiN project (Kasetsart
University Wireless Network) was then extended last year to
enable access by students and officials and now there are approximately
100 access points on the campus.
|To access KUWiN, students needed to borrow a
wireless card from the library, or could use their own cards,
although they must register online to identify themselves, Mr
|So far, some 560 cards have been registered
by authorised KU members.
|Apart from the Engineering Faculty and library,
KU is now extending its wireless LAN to every faculty, which
encompasses 43 buildings.
|``We have not focussed on every building, but
in the areas of Internet use such as in dormitories, classroom
buildings, the cafeteria and where students work,'' he said.
|Next year, an additional 100 access points will
be provided in buildings that have many floors, while, KU will
also expand its wireless network at its Kampaengsan campus,
which today has just a few access points.
|The university has spent around five million
baht for this three-year operation, covering equipment, access
points, cards, fibre optic cables and Ethernet switches, while
it has developed software, as well as system design and implementation.
|KUWiN is a part of an e-university initiative
driven by ICT for learning, research, and to support people
to use ICT from the network anywhere and at any time. The e-university
comprises of e-students, e-learning, e-teachers, e-personnel,
e-meetings and e-office.
|KUWiN is a long-term project and the university
has been developing products for it. It is based on IEEE 802.11b
technology at 2.4 GHz at a speed of 11Mbps, while next year,
the university will test the quality of the 802.11g standard.
This is capable of 54Mbps and the university will define areas
for this that have a need for high-bandwidth applications such