A campus network, campus area network, corporate area network or CAN is a computer network made up of an interconnection of local area networks (LANs) within a limited geographical area.The networking equipments (switches, routers) and transmission media (optical fiber, copper plant, Cat5 cabling etc.) are almost entirely owned by the campus tenant / owner: an enterprise, university, government etc.
At Konnex Networks, we largely build a campus network with both a wired and wireless infrastructure to avoid the expense and disruption of cabling every location. The initial service is for a comprehensive site survey and network design to ensure that the complete network coverage can be provided at the optimal price. Wireless coverage is determined largely on distance and penetration i.e. if the buidling is made of thick walls or (as in some secure site) have steel inner walls, then wireless signals will not pentrate these areas and a cable infrastrucutre will be needed. However, even in these cicumstances, Wi-Fi coverage will be required, especially in public or communical areas so this will always be part of our solution.
At the heart of the campus network, we build a central data centre, into which the external broadband feed is delivered. From there, we either establish a central wireless distribution point or run cabling to locations where wireless access points are to be located. Once installed, we perform coverage checks to ensure that there are no blackspots and if there are, we modifiy the design or install extra access points.
The infrastruture is only part of the solution however. MASP provides campus users with a subscription service to provide a broadband Internet service. Whether paid for by individual users or at campus level, MASP provides a range of connection features and services. At also provides a central management system for the Campus Owner or landlord. The service can be adapated depending on the charging model (including free access or guest services) but can also be used to control abuse - there is always someone in a community who wants to grab all of the bandwidth and MASP ensures that this is controlled.