Network Switch Upgrade | Office of Information Technology

Network Switch Upgrade

Last Updated: 04/17/2013


OIT is working in coordination with a local contractor to upgrade network switches in buildings throughout campus from September though November.This is the next step toward upgrading the wireless and wired networks on our campus. Please see the Project Timeline below to see a list of buildings that will be affected by this upgrade.

Project Status

Completed IT Project


Replacing the network switches will involve localized network outages so the work will take place between 6 pm and 6 am in administrative buildings and from 10 pm to 6 am in buildings with classrooms. OIT will work with your departmental Computer Support Representative (CSR) to schedule and communicate outages in your building and ensure that the switch upgrade work is sensitive to late-night or early-morning activities and special events in your building. You can learn who your CSR is at

Customer Benefit

The upgrading of network switches is the next step toward enabling wired network speeds up to 1 gigabit per second which is a tenfold increase over our current network standard of 100 megabits per second. This change will also allow for improvements in our wireless network, making it possible to upgrade our wireless access points for increased speed and capacity.

Projected End Date

Fri, 11/30/2012

Project Manager

Barry Compton

Project Timeline

The work will take place in six phases from September through November. The following phase list is preliminary pending scheduling feedback from departmental Computer Support Representatives. Emails will also be relayed through CSRs both one week and two days before switch replacement work reaches a building.

Phase 1, Sept. 17-21:  Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Drescher Undergraduate Engineering (ITLL), Electrical Engineering, Engineering Administration Bldg., Engineering Classroom, Engineering North Tower, Engineering Office Tower, Engineering South Tower, Engineering Stores & Labs, Mechanical Engineering.

Phase 2, Sept. 24 - Oct. 5: ATLAS, Distribution Center, Hellems, Koelbel Bldg. - Business, Norlin Library,Telecommunications Center, Visual Arts, Wolf Law.

Phase 3, Oct. 8-18 : Benson Earth Sciences, Discovery Learning Center, Duane Physics, Environmental Design, LASP (main campus), Mathematics, MCD Biology, Muenzinger, Porter, Ramaley.

Phase 4, Oct. 22 - Nov 1: Center for Community, CIRES, Clare Small Gym, Cristol Chemistry, Denison, Economics, Education, Ekeley, Euclid AutoPark, Guggenheim, Henderson, Imig Music, Ketchum, Museum Collections, Power House, Regent, University Admin Center (914 Broadway), University Club, University Memorial Center, University Theatre, Wardenburg, Women's Studies Cottage.

Phase 5, Nov. 5-20: Alumni Center Annex, Armory, Armory Trailer, Balch Fieldhouse, Buff Vision Van, Carlson, Continuing Education, DalWard, Eaton Humanities, Fieldhouse Pressbox, Fiske Planetarium, Fleming, Grounds & Service Center, Hale, Health Physics, IBS, IBS1, IBS3, IBS5, IBS6, IBS8, Koenig Alumni Center, Macky, McKenna, Old Main, Page Foundation, Police Dept. & Parking Services, Recreation Center, Research Park Greenhouse, Ski Center, Sommers-Bausch Observatory, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Temp Bldg 1 at Clare Small, Temp Bldg 65 (1301 Grandview), Temp Bldg 82 (1333/1335 Grandview), Temp Bldg 88 (1338 Grandview), Temp Bldg 9 (2300 Stadium Dr), Temp Bldg 93 (1344 Grandview), Temp Bldg 97 (1320 Grandview), University Admin Center Annex.

Phase 6, Nov. 26 - Dec. 5: Administrative and Research Center East, Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy, Computing Center, CU Foundation-Tech Transfer, Environmental Health & Safety, Institute for Behavioral Genetics, JILA, Lesser House, Life Science Resarch Lab, Litman Research Lab, Marine St. Science Center, Mountain Research Station, Research Lab 2, Science Learning Lab, Stadium, Stadium Skybox, Stadium Ticket Bldg., Telecommunications Equip. Bldg., Smiley Ct, Transportation, Willard.