ITS adds wireless network exclusively for gaming consoles in university owned apartments

Julia Bianco, Staff Reporter

Gamers in the Triangle Apartments and the university owned apartments on East 115th and East 117th Streets can rejoice. This August, Informational Technology Services (ITS) implemented a wireless network dedicated exclusively to supporting video game consoles, since the apartments, which were recently converted into university housing, did not have Ethernet connection capabilities.

While the new network, called CaseGaming, will run parallel with the CaseGuest and CaseWireless networks, it will offer bandwidth dedicated solely to support video games consoles.

Since the majority of systems can only connect to unprotected networks, gamers in those locales were previously forced to use CaseGuest, which is open to the entire public. The consoles faced slowed run times, since the systems had to compete with other users for a limited amount of bandwidth.

“We have only a few users at this point, but the feedback has been favorable,” said Chet Ramey, assistant director of technology infrastructure services for ITS.

“It’s still very early in deployment, so we are gauging the results as each new user registers. We expect to learn more as the number of users and variety of gaming consoles increase.”

To use the network, students must register their gaming devices by calling the ITS Service Desk at 216-368-HELP.

According to ITS, the network may be added to other residence halls after it reviews feedback from users.