|Network Systems students help rewire courthouse technology|
|Wednesday, April 03, 2013 11:27 AM|
The two discussed the project at the Vantage Grand Open House in February. The courthouse technology network was out of date and they were having some trouble with their Internet due to internal wiring problems. Regedanz and his senior class went through the building — from the basement to the clock tower — checking out switches, hubs and network wiring for the 45 courthouse computers. They found some wiring that needed to be replaced and set up a schedule that would have them work at the courthouse on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, replacing Cat 5 wiring with Cat 6 wiring. This is a wiring upgrade which future-proofs the courthouse for faster Internet speed and helps protect against electrical interference.
“There are some unique experiences on this project that students would never get in a lab. For example, they were standing on a piece of plywood in the attic of the courthouse, it was relatively dark, and they were making Cat 6 cables. The students discovered that making those cables on site is much more difficult than making them while sitting in a classroom,” Regedanz said.
“We’re all very excited to have the opportunity to work with the Vantage students on this project. Mel Nomina is the lead person on the project and he’s glad to provide the students with the experience of running the new cable,” Brandt said.
Senior Jaquobe Markward (Lincolnview) stated, “This project is a great learning experience for us to help us get ready for future jobs.”