November 30, 2006
Wireless Technology at NJIT
October 15, 2006
Dr. Jack Gentul
Dean of Students
New Jersey Institute of Technology
323 Dr. MLK, Jr. Blvd.
Newark, NJ 07102
Dear Dr. Gentul,
I am pleased to present the final proposal, “Wireless Technology at NJIT” on future
directions for wireless technology at NJIT. This proposal has recommendations for the
wireless network connection problem.
I hope that my recommendations will be helpful as you consider the priorities for the
wireless technology investments. I look forward to discussing this report with you, and
with the members of your department.
Nirav S. Vora
2001 Village Drive
Avenel, NJ 07001
Wireless Technology at NJIT
A Proposal on the Wireless Network Connection Problem at NJIT.
Prepared for Dr. Jack Gentul, Dean of Students, NJIT
By Nirav Vora
November 30, 2006
This proposal was commissioned to examine why the quality of wireless network
connection at NJIT has declined over time and to recommend ways to increase the quality
of wireless network connections.
This research draws attention to the issue about the wireless network connections, and
how much inconvenience they cause for the students and the faculty. Nowadays seven
out of ten students have laptops so they can work at their own convenience. Often time
students lose connection while working on their class projects; this forces them to move
to the crowded computer labs to use the desktop computers. NJIT is a technical college
and not to have a dependent network connection contradicts the title of the institution.
There are various recommendations for this problem, such as
Buying more wireless routers.
Buying a repeater for the whole campus.
Buying antennas for the existing routers on the campus.
Table of Contents
Figure 1 2
Details and Advantages of the Solution 3
Cost Analysis of Solutions 4
Annotated Bibliography 5
Wireless Technology Solution at NJIT.
Today the Internet is becoming a really important part of human life, where it is really
hard to function without it. The Internet can be accessed through multiple means and it
was made more flexible after implementing wireless technology. The wireless technology
has been implemented in many sectors but the institutions that have gained the most
advantage are colleges and universities. The main reason for adopting the wireless
technology in colleges was not only to increase the flexibility of the Internet usage among
students but also to help students by showing them an easy way to stay connected.
NJIT wireless technology has made a great deal of improvement in the network
connection and coverage area for the past few years. It has not only made me a steady
supporter of the wireless network, but also has increased my consistency of staying
connected during the day. However, the implemented wireless technology at NJIT is not
one of the best technologies one would expect from a technical college. After some
research, I found that 7 out 10 students at NJIT think the wireless connection is not of as
high quality as the technical college should have. The continuous interruption of the
network signal and the deficiency of network coverage in some NJIT campus buildings
have forced me to move my attention from wireless to LAN oriented computers. This
problem has created some difficulty of losing network while working in a group to
accomplish class projects. The network interruption problem can be illustrated in
Wireless Connection Problem.
Regular Interruption of Wireless Connection
There are several solutions to this problem, such as buying new routers and putting them
in each building of NJIT or adding more wireless repeaters. However, the best solution
would be adding more antennas to each existing router to boost the wireless signal on
every corner of NJIT campus.
Details of the Solution and Advantages
Implementing wireless technology but not integrating them with enough antennas located
at different locations might not lead to getting a strong signal in all parts of the NJIT
campus. The main cause for weak network signals at some NJIT campus buildings is
because most of the routers are placed at only one or two locations. This placement
doesn’t provide enough range for the buildings that are located farther away. Hence, the
addition of more antennas for the existing routers for each building will help increase
both speed and network signal for that building and area around that building. Adding
more wireless antennas will improve the wireless signal that is coming from the existing
router. This will not only eradicate the problem of regular network interruptions that
occur for the user during the Internet exploration but also will allow steady thoughts in
the user’s mind of not losing the work. Having a stable wireless connection, which can be
done by adding more antennas will establish positive thinking in the user’s mind. This
way there would be no technological failure of connection but if there is in any antennas,
there are enough antennas that will hold the signal from the router. Furthermore, users,
which mainly include students, will show more interest towards wireless technology
since they will be connected all the time.
Improving the wireless connection problem at NJIT could be done by adding more
wireless routers, antennas for each router, or wireless repeaters.
The cost of buying brand new routers and installing them in several buildings will
range from $60 to $142 per router. The router that costs $80 is a high quality router
that covers about 500,000 sq. ft. If we choose to buy the $80 routers (Netgear
WPN824 RangeMax Wireless Router) for the fifteen buildings at NJIT, the total
cost would be $1200. The installation cost for routers would be around $150 per
hour. So, the final cost for the wireless routers including installation would be
$1200 plus the $150 charge per hour.
The repeater is designed as a bridge to boost the signal for increased distance and
to operate as a transmission point to relay signals around line of sight barriers. The
cost of repeaters that range up to 40 miles is from $70 to $400 each. The
StarTech.com HDMI Extender/Repeater is about $130, and covers about 39ft. The
installation cost would be $150 per hour. Buying a repeater would be the least
adequate solution because it is used for network coverage for outdoor purposes.
The cost to implement new antennas for each router will range from $4 to $300 per
unit depending on the router that is used by NJIT. There are different types of
antennas available on the market such as omni, parabolic, dish, yagi, patch, or
sector. Omnidirectional antennas give the best signal coverage among all these.
Purchasing five of these (Antenna Factory 15dBi omnidirectional antennas) for $95
each would total $475, with installation costing $150 per hour.
From the above research I would suggest that the best solution for NJIT’s wireless
network connection problem would be to implement the antennas for the existing routers
in different buildings. Not only is it more cost effective and easy to maintain, but it also
gives more coverage for the campus. The buying new wireless router solution is too
expensive for the college; additionally, the maintenance cost would be higher because the
chances of the routers having technical problems are greater than the chances of problem
with the antennas. Another solution would be to buy a couple of repeaters, but that will
not work because repeaters are intended for outdoor instead of indoor usage. So, to
implement that solution would be redundant. Installing more antennas will give the
students better network area coverage and also give them the space and satisfaction of
working in a quiet environment other than the computer lab. Another advantage of
adopting this new system would be that the cost of buying new desktops will decrease
because more students will start using their laptops instead of the desktops in the
computer lab. The students that don’t have laptops will be able to use the desktops
without having to search for a vacant desktop. Increasing the coverage area and
improving the network of Wireless technology will benefit NJIT in the long term.
Antennas Systems and Solutions.(2006). Retrieved November 12, 2006 from:
This company carries various antenna products along with products for cell phones
jammers, radios, repeaters, shelters, tools. It has products that are suitable more for
CNet (2006) StarTech Extender Repeater. Retrieved November 11, 2006 from:
This website has everything related to technology a person could possibly look for. It is
MP3 players, the computer systems, repeaters, etc. Anyone who just wants to surf
through the internet can you uses this website.
Hussain, S. (2006). How many routers exist at NJIT? How does the wireless network
work at NJIT? Newark, 12 November.
NJIT Wireless Network Coverage Areas Web Page.(2006). Retrieved November 10,
This website provides information on the current wireless network coverage areas and the
future wireless network coverage areas. This website can be useful to researchers who are
interested in networking information at NJIT.
Seller’s list for Netgear Wireless Routers from Yahoo Web Page.(2005). Retrieved
November 11, 2006.
This website can be used by almost anybody who shops online. There may be other
search engines that have better prices than this website. There isn’t a wide selection of
stores on this website.
Ten Tips for Improving Your Wireless Network.(2006). Retrieved November 10, 2006
This website has ten tips to improve the wireless network. A business, an educational
institution, or a student can use this website to find solutions for wireless network