News from NGN: WiFi and Border Update

NGN What's New

WiFi access point replacements, part of the Next Generation Network (NGN) project, have been completed on the University of Minnesota Morris and Rochester campuses and are close to complete on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. As of Tuesday, July 25, 7,023 WiFi access points and 242 University buildings have been upgraded.

Field teams are moving to remote sites, such as University-owned and managed stations in Itasca, Rosemount, and more. Remote sites do not indicate system campuses, although WiFi and AP upgrade work is completed or progressing at each system campus as well. You can view the the WiFi upgrade schedule at The schedule displays a rolling two-week installation window and the buildings that are currently scheduled for that period. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

On July 23, the NGN team completed the NGN border router cutover, performed many tests, and resolved several issues. Overall, the network was stable although there were a few intermittent WiFi authentication issues recorded and resolved. NGN engineers continue to monitor performance carefully. The NGN team will be conducting additional targeted regression and redundancy testing on the border and routers over the weekend of August 5 - 6. Major network or end-user disruption is not anticipated.

If you detect any network connectivity issues please contact Technology Help. If you have any questions about the NGN project, please contact the NGN team at [email protected].