Wireless Installed at Public Library
access is now available at Peter White Public Library for NMU patrons
using their university-issued notebook computers.
collaborative effort was a win-win proposition for both parties.
By installing a wireless antenna at the downtown library, Northern
could extend the reach of its network and related services to an
off-campus location with a high concentration of students and staff.
For Peter White Public Library, the joint venture offered a dual
benefit of improving customer service and reducing demand on its
have provided Internet access to patrons with laptops since November
2002,” said Claire Rose,
coordinator of career and technology resources. “About 80 percent
of these users are NMU students or employees. We were experiencing
some problems with bandwidth due to laptop users and were looking
for an alternative way of serving some of these folks. Now they
can move around the building without being constrained by the ports.”
director Pamela Christensen contacted Fred Joyal
(Academic Affairs) to see if the university would be willing to
provide a wireless hot spot for NMU patrons in the library.
thought it made perfect sense because Peter White Public Library
serves a large number of Northern students – particularly those
who live in that part of town,” Joyal said. “With the wireless access
in the building, NMU computer users can connect to our network and
access servers that would not be available to them if they were
on the library’s Internet. This will bring them campus services
they’re entitled to and free up the library’s bandwidth for other
Salo (AdIT) was responsible
for the installation.
put in a bridge between Pine Ridge and the library and two access
points in the library itself,” Salo said. “It went smooth as silk
and the Peter White staff was great to work with.”
Peter White Public Library “hot spot” is one of many that are being
installed and tested by NMU within the city of Marquette
to provide high-speed, off-campus
network access for students, faculty and staff. Access to basic
university information and services is free to the public, but Internet
access is restricted and requires a university user ID and password.
Users of the
NMU Connected Learning Community network need to enter NMUCLC when
prompted for the SSID to access basic services. Internet access
requires a one-time download of the Virtual Private Network (VPN)
client. For more information on the NMU Connected Learning Community
network, visit http://nmuclc.nmu.edu