By Fall Semester, improvements to Ohio University’s WiFi services will provide additional support for students’ personal devices in residence halls and other areas around campus, university spokesman Dan Pittman confirmed earlier this week.

“Prior to the start of this academic year, Ohio University’s Office for Information Technology (OIT) shared their commitment to improving the student WiFi experience,” Pittman said in an email. “They are making good on that promise by expanding outdoor coverage and adding support for devices brought from home.”

He said these include wireless printers, streaming sticks such as Roku and Chromecast, smart TVs, smart speakers/smart hubs like Amazon Echo, and gaming consoles.

The anticipated cost for these updates is about $75,000, with roughly $58,000 going toward improving access in 80 outdoor areas near residence halls (52 near South and East greens and 28 near West Green), and between $22,000 and $30,000 to add 30 to 40 outdoor coverage areas near other buildings on campus “that don’t have adequate coverage at this time,” Pittman said. “With this new outdoor coverage, students will be able to stay connected to WiFi more consistently as they move about campus,” he added.

Requests from students for “better connectivity” are what drove OIT to make the changes, Pittman explained. The office has received “many questions every year” from students about connecting their personal devices (i.e. gaming consoles) to the campus WiFi, and future Bobcats now will have the long-awaited ability to utilize OU WiFi for their modern technological accessories.

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