Wireless Upgrade Project

Wireless Upgrade Project

Provide campus students, faculty and staff and a high performing, reliable wireless network.


SDSU wireless network (WiFi) is the primary method by which students access the campus network and services.  Many staff and faculty use SDSU wireless as a primary connection.  The IT Division is always working to improve the coverage and performance of the campus wireless network.  

The campus indoor wireless has full coverage with a mix of older and new access points.  One of the primary focuses is campus classrooms.   Overall the campus wireless network consists of more than 4100 access points and provides coverage in all campus buildings, residence halls, and specific outdoor gathering areas. 


There are multiple upgrade projects underway to improve the campus Wireless Network. The campus access points are a combination of WiFi-5, WiFi-6, and 450 older access points that will be replaced in Summer 2021.  This year the IT Division will increase coverage outdoor across campus and replaced aging access points in campus buildings and residence halls.

The goal of these projects is to improve the density of our wireless network throughout campus and to improve performance, reliability, and the user experience.  

Project Information and Timelines

The IT Division will install or upgrade more than 65 outdoor access points.  This project will increase wireless coverage in all campus open spaces, gathering areas, seating areas, etc.  The goal of this project is to allow students to connect to the campus network in any outdoor space.  The outdoor wireless upgrade project will be complete by Fall semester 2021.  The IT Division will install outdoor access points at the Imperial Valley and Brawley campuses to provide full outdoor coverage. 

As a normal upgrade process, the IT Division upgrades 5-20 buildings each year to the current access point model.  In 2021 IT Division will upgrade the following buildings. 

  • Zura Residence Hall - Complete
  • Granada Residence Hall - Complete
  • Adams Humanities - December 2023
  • Hepner Hall - December 2023
  • Music - December 2023
  • Engineering - December 2023
  • Professional Studies and Fine Arts - December 2023
  • Student Service West - December 2023
  • Library Addition - Complete
  • Storm Hall - Complete
  • Exercise and Nutritional Sciences - Complete

IT Division will replace various access points in Imperial Valley and Brawley campuses that does not meet the current standard.  We will also upgrade the Internet connection to the Brawley campus.

  • Brawley Campus Connection Upgrade - December 2023
  • Imperial Valley - December 2023

As part of the ongoing support for campus research.  The IT Division and SDSU Foundation will upgrade all buildings in the Alvarado Complex.  The Alvarado Complex houses many campus research projects.  Here is the list of buildings scheduled for upgrade in 2021.

  • 6475 Alvarado - Complete
  • 6330 Alvarado - Complete
  • 6361 Alvarado - Complete
  • 6363 Alvarado - Complete
  • 6367 Alvarado - Complete
  • 6386 Alvarado - Complete
  • 6495 Alvarado - Complete
  • 6505 Alvarado - Complete


2021 Wireless Refresh

Task/Deliverable Director, Network and Infrastructure ITNI Project Lead ITNI Installation Staff Campus Faculty Researchers Students Campus IT Staff CIO Jerry Sheehan
Establish project funding and timeline A R I I   I R
Complete wireless design A R R       I
Purchase equipment A R I I   I I
Coordinate and schedule Facilities work A R I       I
Install cable infrastructure A R C       I
Install network equipment and access points A R R       I
Test wireless deployment A R R       I
Communicate project completion A R I I I I R


  • Responsible: People or stakeholders who do the work.
  • Accountable: Person or stakeholder who is the "owner" of the work.
  • Consulted: People or stakeholders who need to give input before the work can be done and signed-off on.
  • Informed: People or stakeholders who need to be kept "in the picture."