Internet Performance Update
Final Exam Period Changes
In late 2012, a formal report was compiled of network equipment showing that the majority of equipment in Academic buildings was old. Early in 2013, a replacement cycle plan was put together to replace 1/4 of the network each year beginning with the oldest equipment first. The funding and plan began in July 2013.
During the Spring 2013 semester, we began to see a significant growth in the number of devices on the network and a higher demand for bandwidth. During the Fall 2013 semester, we were continually reaching our maximum bandwidth limitation, which has been causing slow Internet performance.
Our existing firewall has a limitation of 650 Mbps (megabits per second). On October 30th, we purchased a new firewall to allow for future Internet usage growth. Due to delivery, configuration, and implementation time, the new firewall will be installed over the Winter Holiday Break.
Colleges of the Fenway (COF) Bandwidth Increase
Currently the COF has 2GBps of available bandwidth. Wentworth utilizes more of this bandwidth than the other five COF schools combined. COF is planning to upgrade the network and bandwidth to 4GBps beginning in early 2014.
Network Statistics and Graphs
|Daily Average||232 Mb/s||490 Mb/s||566 Mb/s|
|Hourly Maximum||246 Mb/s||630 Mb/s||647 Mb/s|
* 2011 and prior, limit was 250 Mb/s. 2012 and after, limit currently 650 Mb/s.
Wireless Devices Growth
|Year over Year Growth||9%||35%||23%|
* We have more than doubled the number of wireless devices on the network since 2011.
Daily (24 Hour) Traffic Graph
Note: Wifi statistics are aggregated into Residential and Academic buildings. Specific building names indicate wired connections.