Top of the Class in Campus Networking
Abridged from CI&M, July 2010; Article by Carol Everett Oliver, RCDD, ESS
- Early 80’s – introduced Ethernet network through a campus broadband system terminated in their computer room which became their first data center.
- 1987 -- The first implementation of the Internet over SURAnet -- Southeastern Universities Research Association -- 10BASE2 and 10BASE5 connections to the Science and Tech buildings from Thompson Hall.
- 1991 – Installation of a Token Ring over a fiber system to connect some of the Fairfax campus buildings.
- 1993 -- the ITU division presented a proposal to totally revamp their cabling systems – both backbone and horizontal – to incorporate a standardized structured cabling system designed and installed according to the newly developed TIA/EIA-568 standards.
- By 2001, they had formulated their own cabling standards, paralleling industry standards, which included a warranted NetClear® standard GT2 cabling solution from Berk-Tek and Legrand|Ortronics for the horizontal runs from the TR’s to the device outlets. This system incorporates Berk-Tek’s LANmark™-1000 enhanced Category 6 cable for data and voice applications.
- 2009 – an upgrade to NetClear GT3 for the campus standard that utilizes an even higher grade of Category 6 – Berk-Tek’s LANmark-2000, which performs beyond the standards.