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Project Description

Reliable Wi-Fi coverage is important to our campus community, and demand is growing exponentially.

Working with the campus community, UB is building a better Wi-Fi network across all three campuses.

As UB makes a major investment in Wi-Fi infrastructure, Wi-Fi Boost will double our access points and upgrade UB’s networks to the latest, fastest standard.

Project Fast Facts

Start:
Summer 2015

Completion:
Fall 2017

Project Manager:
Jerry Bucklaew, Network Architect

Wireless Partner:
Aruba Networks

Total New Access Points:
6,000

Status:
Installation in progress

What are people saying about Wi-Fi at UB?

"I like to stay connected to people."

Daniel Li (Class of 2015) says, "I study in between classes, that's when I get the bulk of my work done. And having quick Wi-Fi, it saves you time, it gets your work done quicker...you don't have to sit there waiting for your file to download." Daniel has largely had good experiences with UB's Wi-Fi. "Alfiero is definitely a good spot," he says, "But there are certain places where I just cannot get onto Wi-Fi."

"It's as important to a university today as ink or chalk was 100 years ago."

Adjunct Professor Don T. McGuire, jr. (Classics) says that Wi-Fi connectivity is "part of the basic way we behave now." Rather than the luxury it was 10 years ago, Wi-Fi is expected to just be there, whenever and wherever we need it. "I think [students] depend on it all the time."

"Knox is pretty bad."

Melissa Harford (Class of 2015) has been less than thrilled with UB's Wi-Fi. "Very on and off. It's usually bad, though. I'll say 95% of the time, it's annoying." She is happy for the "young kids" who will benefit from this project. "You try to get in contact with people for internships, businesses, through email...it's all done on the Internet now."

"If we don't keep pace, we're out of the game. It has to be a top priority."

Professor Joe Woelfel (Communications) has been at UB long enough to see technology come and go. "I've always thought the computing facilities here [at UB] are really outstanding," he says. Professor Woelfel sees the importance of UBIT continuing to innovate: "The degree to which individual human beings are connected with each other is growing at an exponential rate. The future's going to happen. You have to go to it."

"The students need it, the faculty need it, the staff need it."

Associate Librarian Cynthia Tysick is an innovator, always looking for ways to incorporate technology into UB Libraries' service and programming. "We're doing a lot more teaching with mobile technology in the libraries. We will have more iPads or tablets and will be walking around the library actually asking the patrons questions and trying to help them on the spot. It's s going to be really important to have a nice strong signal."

We're planning together

This is UB’s project. Thanks to your input on Wi-Fi needs, we have targeted specific densely populated areas as our highest priorities.

Get Involved

Where is better Wi-Fi needed most? Tell us which places need a BOOST!

Tweet #UBWiFiBoost to @ubinfotech to tell us where the Wi-Fi could be improved on any UB campus.

Give us your feedback

Feel free to leave your comment below, or via Facebook and Twitter​. You can also email the project team at ubwifiboost@buffalo.edu with any questions.

Common Questions

Is Wi-Fi at UB really getting a “boost?”

It certainly is! The three year UB Wi-Fi Boost project kicks off during Summer 2015 and will cover three campuses, 150 buildings and 11.5 million square feet.

I'm having Wi-Fi trouble. Is it related to the Boost project?

If you're having trouble with Wi-Fi or a wired network connection at UB, check UBIT Alerts to see if your building or area is undergoing maintenance. If it's not listed, please contact the UBIT Help Center for assistance.

How is UB determining which areas need to be upgraded first?

UBIT is conducting conversations with students, faculty and staff to determine the areas that will see the most impact from upgraded Wi-Fi. Feedback from past UBIT Student Experience Surveys and TechQual+ surveys, focus groups (including a student assembly and Graduate Student Association meetings), and additional research all continue to guide this project.

Which buildings/areas will be upgraded?

UB Wi-Fi Boost is targeting the most densely populated areas of UB’s campus first. Residential and academic buildings, outdoor spaces, and basements, notorious for spotty cellular service, will be upgraded over the next three years.

How do I know when my building is being upgraded?

Posters and door hangers will be displayed in each building/location while upgrades are in progress, and a schedule of updates can be found on this page.

How fast is UB Wi-Fi Boost?

UB has adopted IEEE 802.11ac as our new campus wireless standard. In theory, UB Wi-Fi customers can expect Gigabit speeds up to three times faster than the current legacy Wi-Fi. Actual speeds may vary depending on the client type and other factors.

Will UB Wi-Fi Boost work seamlessly with UB's current legacy Wi-Fi?

The two Wi-Fi systems use different equipment from different vendors. Roaming between systems is not feasible, so UB Wi-Fi customers will have to reconnect and authenticate when they move between buildings with different systems.

What Wi-Fi network should I use?

If you are in an area that was upgraded as part of Wi-Fi Boost, there are three Wi-Fi networks to choose from:

- eduroam is the recommended secure Wi-F network at UBi. It allows access to UB's Wi-Fi and protected resources at thousands of participating institutions worldwide. If you are visiting UB and your institution participates in eduroam, connect while you're on UB's campus. You log in with your full UB email address (your UBITName immediately followed by @buffalo.edu) and UBIT password.

- UB Secure is also secure Wi-Fi for students, faculty and staff. It requires a UBITName and password.

- UB Connect is intended for visitors and media devices such as an Xbox, Apple TV, Wi-Fi printer or Chromecast. This network is not encrypted.

Should I install my own access point if I live on campus?

Students living in buildings upgraded as part of Wi-Fi Boost will experience improved Wi-Fi signal and performance. The new system better supports Wi-Fi printers, Apple TV and Chromecast devices.

Use of personal access points will adversely affect the upgraded Wi-Fi performance. Therefore, students should not install their own access points or routers with similar functionality.

Wi-Fi Boost Deployment Schedule

Updates to UB's Wi-Fi will roll out between Summer 2015 and Fall 2017. All dates are tentative and subject to change.

Contact the Wi-Fi Boost project team at ubwifiboost@buffalo.edu with questions or suggestions for the schedule.

Last updated October 2, 2017

Completed 2015

Building or Area Start Finish
Computing Center 7/1 7/15
Natural Sciences Complex 7/16 8/7
Richmond Hall - Ellicott 8/5 8/16
Fronczak Hall 9/1 9/9
Mathematics Building 9/10 9/16
Baldy Hall 9/17 10/5
O'Brian Hall 10/6 10/30
Lockwood Library
11/6 12/11
Talbert Hall 
12/14 12/22

Completed 2016

Building or Area Start Finish
Capen Hall 
1/11 2/2
Capen Flint Loop Bus Shelter
2/3 2/5
Abbott Hall 
2/9 2/22
Diefendorf Hall 
2/23 3/2
Wende Hall  
3/3 3/14
Crosby Hall 
3/14 3/23
South Campus Main Circle Bus Stop 3/24 3/29
Kimball Tower 3/30 4/8
Student Union 4/7 4/22
O'Brian bus stop - Putnam Way 4/18 4/22
Student Union (outside of) 4/25 4/26
Library Storage Facility (LSF) 5/3 5/10
Center for Tomorrow 5/11 5/17
Clemens Hall 5/18 5/31
Slee Hall 6/9 6/16
Baird Hall 6/17 6/28
Spaulding Quad 5/16 8/1
Hadley Village 5/24 6/6*
Flint Village 6/7 6/23
Governors Complex 6/23 7/11
South Lake Greens 7/12 7/19
South Lake Cottages
8/1 8/9
Creekside Village 8/1 8/9
Flickinger Court 8/1
8/9
Center for the Arts 9/1
9/23
Ketter Hall 9/30
10/6
Ketter Hall Addition
10/7 10/12
UB Commons 10/17 10/20
Jacobs Hall 10/18 10/26
UB Commons Courtyard 10/21 10/24
Alfiero Center 10/27 10/31
Foster Hall 10/31 11/7
Park Hall 11/1 11/15
Cary Hall 11/10 11/22
Biomedical Education Building 11/16 12/7
Sherman Hall 11/23 12/6

Completed 2017

Building or Area Start Finish
SMBS 1/02
1/31
Farber Hall & Farber Annex 1/9 1/26
Biomedical Research Building 1/11 2/2
Cooke Hall 2/3 2/20
Hochstetter Hall 3/2 3/16
Parker Hall 3/21 3/31
Acheson Annex
3/29 3/29
Kapoor Hall 3/30 4/18
Furnas Hall 4/3 4/12
Clark Hall 5/1 5/9
Helm Building
5/3 5/9
Davis Hall 5/5 5/15
Bell Hall 5/11 5/18
Howe Building 5/12 5/12
UB Stadium offices 5/15
5/15
Mackay Heating Plant 5/15 5/15
Harriman Hall 5/15 5/29
South Child Care Complex
5/23 5/26
Hayes B/C 5/24 5/25
Butler Annex
5/24 5/25
Custodial Services (HRD) 5/26
5/26
Chemical Storage Building 5/29 5/30
Baker Chilled Water Plant 5/30 6/1
Campus Mail 5/31
6/1
Child Care Center North 6/1 6/1
Hayes A 6/1 6/1
Electrical Substation 6/1
6/2
Alumni Arena Offices 6/1 6/9
Service Building 6/2 6/7
Service Center Building 6/8 6/9
Greiner Common Areas
6/12 6/21
Wilkeson Common Area
6/12 6/21
Diefendorf Annex 6/12
6/14
Michael Hall 6/15 6/22
Beck Hall 6/23
6/28
Crofts Hall 6/29 7/13
Goodyear Hall 6/22 6/28
Clement Common Area
6/29 7/21
Center of Excellence 7/15 7/23
REI (Ross Eye Institute) 7/23
7/23
Knox Hall 7/24
7/27
Norton Hall
8/4 8/10
Red Jacket Common Area
8/10 8/17
Bissell Hall 8/14 8/15
Porter Common Area
8/18 8/24
Ellicott - MFAC 8/25 9/18
 Jarvis Hall 9/2 9/11
Beane Center 9/7 9/14
Statler Commissary 9/12 9/12
Bonner Hall 9/14 9/21
Baird Research 9/22 9/26

Not Yet Completed

Building or Area Anticipated Start Anticipated Finish
Hayes Hall 9/22/17 10/6/17
EOC (Educational Opportunity Center) 10/3/17 10/13/17
Research Institute on Addictions 10/3/17
10/13/17
JEDC Carriage House 10/16/17 10/17/17
Baird Point 10/17/17 10/19/17
Lee Loop bus shelter 10/20/17
10/24/17

Praise for Wi-Fi BOOSTed areas so far:

Awesome!! Can't wait for better WIFI connection!

- Junjie Chen, September 1, 2015 11:15 PM


I'm getting 122 mpbs down - 98 up in baldy!! It's an awesome upgrade.

- Hasan Razeq, November 9, 2015 8:39 AM


I love the new wifi!!! It works really well, Thank You UB!!!!!!!!!!!

- dennis, January 20, 2016 4:06 PM