Breaking WiFi Records


Over the summer, Technology Services refreshed every wireless access point on campus, installing brand new hardware in order to provide an improved wireless experience on campus. The results of that massive effort have been record breaking, with more devices connecting to our network, better performance, and happier students and faculty.

Past performance issues with WiFi are becoming a thing of the past. Now when someone connects to IllinoisNet, they stay connected. And getting connected is easier than ever for students and faculty. In fact, after getting customers set up to use the new WiFi system during the first week of classes, the Tech Services Help Desk saw WiFi issues in the second week of classes drop by 64% compared to the same time last year, and another 47% drop during the third week of classes compared to the same time last year.

We've compiled some of the best stats about WiFi usage during the start of the Fall 2016 semester. Read them here, or skip down to check them out in infographic format:

  • There are now 9,592 wireless access points on campus which is up from 7,739 access points at the start of the last school year. (This is thanks to the Wireless Expansion and Upgrade Project.)
  • Since Move-In Day 2016, there have been at least 10,000 devices connected to our WiFi network at all times.
  • In a single day this school year, 61,190 people used our WiFi network.
  • During the first week of classes, 116,279 different devices connected to our WiFi network.
  • The peak number of wireless devices connected to our network at the same time is 42,600.
  • On an average day, 35 terabytes of data moves over our WiFi network.