Surf the ’Net while soaking up rays

For those who use wireless technology to send e-mails or quickly check a fact on the Internet, the grass just got greener. That’s because over Spring Break, Penn’s wireless service provider, PennNet, expanded its wireless coverage to include College Green. In the coming months, it will continue to expand around campus. Service is now available in the Computing Resource Center, around the Franklin Building and in front of the Penn Bookstore, in the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, the Graduate Student Center, Houston Hall and Wynn Commons, and Hamilton, Harnwell and Hill College Houses.

According to Reni Roberts, project leader from Networking and Telecommunications, the goal is to make wireless service seamless. Information Systems and Computing will work over the next 10 months to ensure that users wanting access need only their PennKey and the requisite technology: A laptop or handheld device configured to work with Penn’s wireless system. Questions about service should be directed to computing support for faculty and staff.

Because using wireless technology is less speedy than working on a connected terminal, it is intended to complement regular service. “It’s something to be used for convenience, for flexibility, to look something up quickly,” said Roberts.

For more information, visit www.upenn.edu/computing/wireless/

Originally published on March 18, 2004