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History of Wireless Andrew

The Wireless Andrew infrastructure was built between 1994 and 1997. The purpose of the network was to provide the functionality and services of Carnegie Mellon's wired computing system to wireless users, researchers and others on campus and throughout the Pittsburgh area.

Wireless Andrew, the high-speed wireless infrastructure installed at Carnegie Mellon University, is the largest installation of its type - anywhere. It first started out as a research network in 1994 to support Carnegie Mellon's wireless research initiative. Since then, "Wireless Andrew" has been dramatically expanded since its conception and installed in many of the academic and administrative buildings. Eventually, it will cover all academic and administrative buildings on the Carnegie Mellon campus.

Wireless Andrew builds on the university's wired network infrastructure, which currently provides 10 Mbps and 100 Mbps Ethernet service. To provide high-speed wireless service to the campus, Lucent WaveLAN equipment was installed. This equipment uses a direct sequence spread spectrum radio to provide a raw data rate of 2 Mbps. The equipment is 2.4 GHz, IEEE 802.11 ethernet compatible technology from Lucent.