Have you heard about the Next Generation Network (NGN) project?

April 24, 2017

Next Generation Network graphic

The Next Generation Network (NGN) project at the University of Minnesota will upgrade all components of the University's network, both wired and WiFi, over the next three years. 

The new network will increase speed and throughput capacity, improve wireless access, and improve security management. The Next Generation Network will maintain excellent network stability and reliability and implement an advanced security infrastructure. This upgrade will be system-wide, including all campuses and satellite locations across the state. The Next Generation Network project has been thoroughly planned and vetted, by an open Formal Community of Practice (FCoP), the Office of Information Technology, and the University of Minnesota Board of Regents.

WiFi Access Point (AP) hardware upgrades will begin on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities St. Paul campus in April 2017. This is the first phase of the University's Next Generation Network project. This work will impact every WiFi Access Point in buildings and structures across the University system, including all campuses and locations. Replacement of Access Points is a bit like replacing a lightbulb; the old one is removed and the new one is installed and turned on. Service disruption is expected to be minimal. 

You can view the the St. Paul Campus WiFi AP replacement schedule at it.umn.edu/ngn-schedule. Please note that the schedule is subject to change. If you have questions about the schedule or process, please contact us at ngn@umn.edu.