Data Network Services

About the Michigan Tech Data Network

Telcom maintains a high-performance data network which is built on an extensive wired infrastructure and available throughout all campus buildings, residence halls, and on-campus university-run apartments. It is Telcom's goal to reliably delivery any service, on any port, anywhere on campus. To this end, we maintain our standards to current industry standards. All campus academic and administrative buildings are serviced by fiber-optic network cabling with networking connections on campus ranging from 16x1 Megabit ADSL2+ to 10 Gigabit Ethernet.

The campus also maintains a wireless LAN network which provides subscribers with roaming access to the network using a variety of mobile devices.

A small number of remote locations are also connected to the campus via special circuits, point-to-point microwave or licensed millimeter wave links. These off-campus links are engineered for 99.999% uptime even during occasional extreme conditions to provide users with the same network services afforded to the campus population.

Michigan Tech has adopted a converged network strategy to support packet voice, data, and video services on the data network. The primary technology deployed is Ethernet switching, which supports speeds up to 10 gigabits per second. The campus gateway is comprised of a carrier-grade router and bandwidth shapers to manage the off-campus traffic. With increased demand for networking services, additional products and services are continually being added to our suite of services.

Service Pricing Model for Network Connections

Michigan Tech charges a one-time fee for each new network connection that is activated. The activation fee applies to all voice, data, and video services.

Research and Development Initiatives for Michigan Tech's Data Network

Networking technology is a continuously developing field, and as such, it is very important to follow advancements closely. Telcom does not participate in 'pure' research initiatives. Rather, our focus is on investigating new technologies with a goal of finding cost-effective, well engineered, and highly functional features or services that would benefit the Michigan Tech community or improve the performance, security, or reliability of the existing network.