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One semester later, mu_student seeing more usage than mu_wireless

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Jennifer Walter

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A wireless network called mu_student was introduced last semester and has received higher usage than mu_wireless, the university’s other network for Internet usage.

On the morning of Sept. 1, 45 percent of 10,785 people logged onto the networks were using mu_wireless, while 55 percent were logged onto mu_student.

“The percentage split seems to remain the same,” said Mary Simmons, senior director of campus IT services, in an email.

Mu_student was created after students had to repeatedly log back into mu_wireless when using it in different locations. Katie Hackett, a sophomore in the College of Education, said she didn’t notice a huge difference in Internet speed or reliability when using mu_student last semester.

“I feel it’s (been) almost the same,” Hackett said. “Most of the time it will log in, but it will still get a crash here and there.”

Simmons said new “access points” were added on campus to increase Internet speed and maintain strong connections in areas of high-density usage. She also said the networks were updated to ensure speed and security.

Marquette is not the only Milwaukee-area school with more than one Internet access option. The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design has two wireless networks for students to log into.

In addition, an anti-spam quarantine folder for eMarq student email accounts was introduced last semester. The IT desk will be working to keep that folder up to date as time goes on.

“We will be upgrading to Exchange 2016,” Simmons said about student email accounts. “It will contain some new features, but will be substantially the same.”

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