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Northwest provides gigabit Ethernet connections to 46 buildings on campus via a single mode fiber optic backbone. The network has 109 managed data switches contained in 86 communications rooms. The Telecommunications Office manages these switches along with 215 miles of copper cabling and 30,000 feet of fiber optic cable to provide over 5000 wired Ethernet connections plus thousands of wireless connections for campus users. Network connectivity to R T Wright Farm, Soccer Pitch, Baseball Field, Softball Field, and Intramural Fields is provided by point to point wireless connections. Internet service at MOERA facility is provided by managing a third party internet provider connection.
Northwest uses a Centrex telephone system. CenturyLink owns the DMS-100 phone switch. The Telecom Office has access to make changes to two reserved groups of telephone numbers. One group is a dorm group with 1500 numbers (very few of those are currently in use) and a group of 1200 administrative numbers with 900 numbers currently in use. The Telecom Office must request to remove numbers from service or add numbers to service. We are only billed for the numbers that are in service.
Northwest uses a Baypoint Innovations/ centigram voice mail system. Northwest owns this system. It is located in the Telecom Office. Currently, there are 600 mailboxes in use.
Northwest cable television system has an all fiber optic backbone to 46 buildings on campus. The local cable company provides a CATV feed to our headend. We distribute the feed to each building via lasers in the headend. Inside the building are coax riser cables with taps and coax cable to each room. The fiber optic nodes in the buildings do not have return paths at this time. This makes internet service, pay per view, and on demand service unable to be used on the system. There are 1250 CATV connections on campus.
The Telecommunications Office plans, designs, budgets, installs, and maintains voice, data, and video services for Northwest students, faculty, and staff by using the following services:
For more information, please see our Phone & Cable TV page.
If we can be of any assistance to you please contact the Information Technology-Client Computing Help Desk at 660.562.1634.