Mysore varsity's Gangotri campus goes Wi-Fi

Mysore varsity's Gangotri campus goes Wi-Fi

Soon students at Manasagangotri postgraduate centre of Mysore University will be able to surf the Internet for free on their cellphones.

Wired: Students at the department of studies in computer science, Manasagangotri, browse the web on their laptops. DH Photo

The information and communication division (ICD) at the varsity has introduced wireless network (Wi-Fi) on the 80-acre green-rich campus through a 100 feet tall triangular tower with carrier class wave using multi-input and multi-output technology.

Prof G Hemanthakumar, chairperson of the Department of Studies in Computer Science and co-ordinator of ICD, told Deccan Herald that the Rs 65-lakh facility was set up utilising funds from the Rs 100 crore granted to the university as a potential institute of excellence by the University Grants Commission.

Vice Chancellor V G Talawar was quick to approve the idea. The professor claimed that the varsity was also the first to introduce Internet service in a bigger area compared to other universities in the State.

Hemanthakumar said the tower installed behind the department had the capacity to reach up to five kilometres in the case of line of sight. The signal is equipped with 20 mbps bandwidth.

A total of 52 access points have been installed, covering all the 42 departments at Gangotri (as the PG centre is popularly known) alone, besides the canteen, library, guesthouse, open-air theatre, Crawford Hall, Maharaja’s and Yuvaraja’s degree colleges.

The facility could be availed within a 10-metre radius of every access point. At a time, 1,500 users can browse (though the speed varies) and no fee is levied on the users, the professor said.

On trial for the past week, already 300 users comprising teaching and non-teaching faculty, students and research scholars have enrolled for Internet connection.

To ensure security and avoid misuse, the physical address of the device — of the laptop or cellphone of the users — will be collected before allotting them an ID (which can be changed later by the users).

The advantage is that users can avail of the facility only on their device, as the physical address bind does not allow access to other users. Once enrolled, the service will remain active up to eight months.