THE UNIVERSITY will now have easier Internet access after receiving five wireless Local Area Network (LAN) from Nokia Philippines, Inc.

Rector Fr. Tamerlane Lana, O.P. received the new equipment from Nokia Philippines manager Kaisa Hoikka and senior vice president of Intex Telecom System Benjamin Bustos in a formal turnover ceremony last Aug. 1 at the Rector’s Hall. Other University officials present were Vice Rector for Finance Fr. Roberto Pinto, O.P., UST Computer Center (USTCC) Director Fr. Winston Cabading, O.P., and USTCC Network Operations Administrator Ma. Beatriz Lacsamana.

“The University is trying to integrate technology in the learning process because it is a matter of lifestyle that a student should learn,” the Rector said.

In a letter to Claus Karthe, Nokia President and Country General Manager (GM), last May 15, Lana expressed his intention to avail of the wireless LAN’s which would allow the user to access information from the Internet as long it is within the wireless extended network.

The wireless extended network is a conglomeration of the schools with wireless LAN–Ateneo de Manila, Mapua Institute of Technology, University of the Philippines-Diliman, and De La Salle University.

“These wireless LAN’s are embedded like hidden cameras and have an antenna. So even at 2 km radius, one can plug into the Internet with the use of a network card and with a wireless access hub,” said Lacsamana.

In addition, wireless LAN simplifies most of the set-up and installation issues that cause problems for network managers.

Furthermore, the portability of a wireless LAN allows network managers to pre-set-up and troubleshoot entire networks. Once it is already set up, wireless LAN can be moved from one place to another with little or no extra modification at all.

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Four buildings will have a wireless LAN each namely: the Main Building, the St. Martin de Porres bldg. (Medicine bldg.), the Roque Ruanio bldg. (Engineering bldg.), and the Central Library. There will also be a roaming unit that may be used by different colleges and faculties given a prescribed period of time.

In addition, UST will put up 10 Internet computer units in each building lobby to increase Information Technology know-how in University. Girard R. Carbonell and Karen M. Peña


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