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Division of Information Technology

Network and Infrastructure

The Infrastructure Services area is responsible for the wired and wireless networks, cloud storage, the university data center, VPN, and other university resources.

Phase 2 of Wired and Wireless Network Improvements Begin in May 2023

We are pleased to announce that Phase 2 of the upgrade to the wired and wireless networks on the Columbia campus is scheduled to begin in May 2023. In 2020, wireless network capabilities were upgraded in all residence halls on the Columbia campus. Phase 2 of the project will focus on improving wired and wireless internet access and edge switching in select classroom and administration buildings.

Upgrades began in mid-May 2023. The first sequence of selected buildings can be found below. Buildings were selected based on the availability of on-hand equipment, work sequencing, and how they correspond to the required updates in each building. Please note that when work is performed in your building, you will experience an outage of both the wired and wireless networks, as well as telephone service. Please plan accordingly. Once the work is completed, you should see an improved experience using both the wired and wireless networks.

Building Name 

Upgrade Date 

514 Main

Completed 3/15/23 

LeConte College 

Completed 5/16/23 

Sloan College 

Completed 5/17/23 

Davis College 

Completed 5/18/23 

Petigru College 

Completed 5/19/23 

McCutchen House 

Completed 5/22/23 

Flinn Hall

Completed 5/23/23 

South Caroliniana Library 

Completed 5/23/23 

1321 Pendleton Street

Completed 6/20/23

Longstreet Annex

Completed 6/21/23


Completed 6/23/23


Completed 6/23/23

819 Barnwell Street

Completed 6/26/23

McMaster College

Completed 6/26/23

Melton Observatory

Completed 6/26/23

Barringer House

Completed 6/27/23

Child Development & Research Center

Completed 6/28/23

Benson College

Completed 6/28/23

Copenvaver Band Hall/Dance Facility

Completed 6/29/23

1338 Pickens Street

Completed 6/30/23

Booker T. Washington

Completed  7/12/23

Biomass Building

Completed 7/20/23

Science and Technology Building

Completed 7/20/23

Blatt Physical Education

Completed 7/26/23

Longstreet Theatre

Completed 7/26/23

Anderson Academic Enrichment Center

Completed 7/26/23



School of Music


Humanities Classroom Building


John Palms Graduate Research Center


Alumni Center

Awaiting validation

Swearingen Engineering Center


Public Health Research Center


Barnwell College


300 Main Street


CEC - Innovation Center Building

Awaiting validation

1000 Catawba Street (SCRA)


* Dates with an astrick are tentative and in the process of being confirmed with building and IT contacts.  

Phase 1 of Wired and Wireless Network Improvements on the Columbia Campus: Completed 2020

A long-range plan in in process to improve the overall wireless infrastructure across the Columbia campus.

In 2020, wireless network capabilities were upgraded in all residence halls on the Columbia campus. Phase 2 of the project will focus on stabalizing the network by replacing existing APs and edge switches across 85 classroom and academic buildings, providing faster and more reliable connections.

While the project began in 2020, upgrades will not be completed until the end of 2023 due to a variety of factors, including supply chain issues and shipping delays. Once all materials arrive on campus, a schedule must be developed to enter classroom buildings without further interrupting academic time. Since most classrooms on campus are utilized constantly through the week, it will take time to reach them all.  

In the meantime, technicians will continue to troubleshoot the outdated network that is currently on the Columbia campus. Many routers and controllers are more than 12 years-old, while access points are 6–7 years-old. This outdated equipment causes repeated outages, slow connectivity, and disconnects. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to contact the IT Service Desk at 803-777-1800 to report issues. It is helpful to identify your exact location on campus, including the building, floor, and room number, if applicable. 


FAQs re: Wi-Fi on the Columbia Campus


Connect to the Wired Network

Use high-speed ethernet connections in residence halls, academic buildings, and computer labs. Instructions can be found in the IT Knowledge Base

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