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Data Rates: Wireless Local Area Networks (wLANs)

Installation Services FY'14 FY'15
Wireless LAN with Access Points (AP)
$800/AP (estimate)
$800/AP (estimate)
Ongoing Maintenance Rates (per AP)
Access Point
AP Port Rental and Maintenance
vLan Wireless Port Surcharge (fee waived)


Installation Fees

Several steps are needed to install wireless service in a new area. These steps include:

  1. Complete a Site Survey - To determine the intended coverage area for the new wireless LAN, as well as the locations for each Access Point (AP), a site survey is necessary.
  2. Design and Build virtual LAN - A virtual LAN specific to the new site needs to be designed and built. In addition, all network devices (the building entrance device and all wiring closets) within the vLAN area need to be reconfigured to recognize the new vLAN.
  3. Connect to Central Infrastructure - A fiber circuit must be built to connect the new wireless vLAN to the University's central wireless infrastructure.
  4. Install APs - Each AP needs to be installed, configured, and tested.

Labor fees are associated with each installation step. When all labor is averaged for larger wireless LANs, costs are approximately $800 per AP. Cost averages will be slightly higher for smaller wLANs (nearly same amount of labor, but fewer APs). The rates listed above are estimates. Customers will be charged actual labor rates.

Ongoing Costs

Ongoing costs are dependent on the number of APs included in a wireless vLAN. Each AP carries a maintenance fee and equipment capitalization costs. The ports that support the APs also have a monthly maintenance fee.

For more information on Wireless Local Area Networks at Penn, please visit ISC's Wireless Access pages.



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