Wiekamp Hall Network Rewire Project

Wiekamp Hall Network Rewire Project

The Wiekamp Hall Network Rewire Project began on Tuesday, September 5th. Starting with the 3rd floor, the building’s network wiring will be upgraded with cat6a cabling throughout.

The work will generally be performed from 5:00am to 3:30pm – Tuesday through Friday. The project is expected to take around 90 days for completion.

When the project is complete, Wiekamp Hall will be well outfitted for the foreseeable future to provide a reliable and modern network infrastructure for all of its occupants.

What can faculty and staff expect to see during this project?

  1. We will make every effort to minimize network disruption for all users.
  2. Furniture may need to be temporarily moved so that network jacks are accessible.
  3. Network jacks may appear loose on the wall while the new cabling is run into individual offices. This will not interfere with network service for your office.

UITS will keep the campus and all stakeholders informed on the project as it progresses.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Phil Mikulak at pmikulak@iusb.edu

Updates

Weekly updates listed below.
  • Week of September 5

    The Wiekamp Rewire Project is underway.  Last week Comlink (the contractor) started work by wiring the backbone of the network to each of the six network closets.  As they continue to work on that this week they have also started pulling new cable to the offices on the north side of the 3rd floor of Wiekamp, (32XX hallway).  Completion should be by the end of this week.  Once that is completed they will start working on the south side of the 3rd floor of Wiekamp (31XX hallway).

  • Week of September 11

    We are finishing up week 2 of the Wiekamp Rewire Project. You can now follow the progress of the project at our new Wiekamp Hall Network Rewire Project webpage located here: https://uits.iusb.edu/wiekamp-rewire/ 

    You may also find the link on the A – Z Big list under: Wiekamp Rewire Project.

    Work will continue through next week on the backbone with the copper and fiber terminations taking place.

    Cabling of the north side of the 3rd floor is near completion with a few offices remaining to be finished on Tuesday. When the north side of the 3rd floor is completed we will schedule a time for those offices to be moved to the new cabling. Work will then start on the south side of the 3rd floor. 

     

  • Week of September 18

    Finishing up week 3 of the Wiekamp Rewire Project.  Cabling of the north side of the 3rd floor is complete. Testing and certification of the new cabling will be done this upcoming week. UITS has started moving users/devices over to the new network switch with the new cabling located in the new telecommunications closet.  Cabling has started on the south side of the 3rd floor and will continue this coming week.

  • Week of September 25

    Great progress has been made in the rewiring project this week.  All offices starting with 32XX have been moved over to the new cabling and network switch.  Work will continue next week on moving the north side of the 33XX area and the north side wireless access points to the new cabling and network switch.  

    The old network jacks will be removed and the furniture from the north side will be moved back to their original locations starting next week.

    Cabling for the 3rd floor south side is complete and work in the network closet will be completed Tuesday or Wednesday. Cabling certification and moving to the new cabling on the south side will begin towards the end of next week.

    Cabling on the 2nd floor north side will start towards the end of next week.

  • Week of October 2

    All offices starting with 33XX and 31XX have been moved over to the new network switch and cabling.  The house phones and a few fax machines are left to convert over on the 3rd floor which will be completed next week.  Removal of the old jacks and moving furniture to their original locations will be completed by next week for the south side.

    Cabling for 2nd floor north side started this week and should be completed by the end of next week.  Work in the 2nd floor north network closet will be completed this next week also. Cabling certification and moving to the new cabling on the north side will begin towards the end of next week.

    Cabling on the 2nd floor south side will start towards the end of next week.

  • Week of October 9

    The third floor has been completed which includes removal of the old cabling.

    The second floor north side wiring has been completed. The cabling will be certified next week.  

    Moving users over to the new cabling will begin the week of October 23 (UITS Telecom staff will be away next week - October 17 – October 20 at a conference in Bloomington).  

    The contractors will start cabling the second floor south side. 

  • Week of October 16

    The second floor north side wiring has been completed and certified.  Users will be moved over to the new cabling this week.  Once everything has been moved over demo of the old cabling will start.

    The contractors have started cabling the second floor south side and will continue this week. 

  • Week of October 23

    Users on the second floor north side wiring have been moved over to the new cabling and furniture has been pushed back to its original locations. 

    The second floor south side wiring has been completed.  Certification of the cable will be done this coming week and we will start moving users over to the new cabling.  

    The contractors will start cabling the first floor north side this coming week. 

  • Week of October 30

    Certification of the cable on the second floor south side is done and users will continue to be moved over to the new cabling this upcoming week.

    Cabling of the first floor north side has started and will continue this upcoming week.

    With the high ceilings and over 250 cables that need to be pulled, contractors will be working on the north side for about 2 weeks.

  • Week of November 6

    Users have been moved over to the new cabling on the second floor south side. Removal of the old wiring along furniture being pushed back to its original locations will happen this upcoming week.

    Cabling of the first floor north side will continue this upcoming week.  Work will begin in the telecom closet to terminate all the cables.

    Cabling of the first floor south side will start towards the end of next week.

  • Week of November 13

    The 2nd floor has been completed. The old cabling has been removed and furniture moved back into its location.

    Cabling of the first floor north side has been completed.  Work will continue in the telecom closet to terminate all the cables.  Users/devices will not be moved over to the new cabling until the week of Nov 27th.

    Cabling of the first floor south side has started.

    The contractors are modifying their work schedule next week and will be here Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Week of November 20

    Work will continue in the telecom closet to terminate and certify all cables on the first floor, north side. There are close to 300 cables on the first floor, north side, so this is expected to take the rest of the week. Users/devices will be moved over to the new cabling as soon as the certification process is completed.

    Cabling of the first floor south side will continue and cabling of the basement has started. These are the last two areas to cable.

  • Week of November 27

    Users/devices on the 1st floor north side have started to be moved over to the new wiring.  Labs 1205, 1225, 1235, 1265 and 1270 have all been moved over to the new wiring.  Classrooms and offices on the north side will be completed the first part of this week.

    Cabling of the first floor south side is just about finished with lab 1105 yet to be done. Users/devices will begin to be moved over towards the end of the week after the cabling has been tested and certified. 

    Work in the basement will continue this week.

  • Week of December 4

    All data users/devices/classrooms on the 1st floor north side have been moved over to the new wiring.  The few analog phone lines (elevator, credit card, fire and security) will be moved over the first part of next week.

    Cabling of the first floor south side is finished.  Lab 1105 has been moved over to the new wiring. Users/devices/classrooms will be mover over next week.

    Cabling in the basement is finished and users/devices will be moved over next week.

  • Week of December 11

    All data users/devices/classrooms on the 1st floor have been moved over to the new wiring.  All analog phone lines (elevator, credit card, fire and security) have been moved to the new wiring.

    All data and analog phone lines in the basement are finished.

    Comlink, the vendor, will be back next week for final cleanup and to pick up their equipment.

    UITS wants to thank the campus and all stakeholders for their patience and understanding during the rewire project.