Next Generation Network Project

illustration: Next Generation Network
The Next Generation Network Project at the University of Minnesota is an upgrade of all the components of the University system's network, wired and WiFi.

This upgrade is happening to keep up with demand, create a more stable network, and create a more secure system-wide network.

Learn more about why UMN is upgrading now.

Wired Network Upgrades Starting April 2019

Work is beginning on the next phase of the Next Generation Network (NGN) project. Wired network upgrades (also known as the distribution/edge segment) will begin for the University of Minnesota Duluth starting April 12. Work will start in HCAMS and then move to non-academic buildings for the remainder of the Spring academic term. Work in academic buildings will occur over the summer months with all work completed before August 21.

The upgrade work will occur building-by-building, and while work is underway, wireless (WiFi) and wired network services (including telephone services) to the building will be intermittently unavailable. An outage period will depend on the amount of equipment to replace and upgrade, but users should plan to be without services for approximately 4 hours. This work has already been successfully completed on other UMN campuses. WiFi and wired network service is stable and performing well on the new equipment.

The schedule

The upgrade schedule is available at it.umn.edu/ngn-schedule. Please note that the NGN wired network work schedule is subject to change. Progress will be tracked to the best of our ability and we will update the schedule website once the upgrade in each building is complete. Visit the NGN website for more details about the wired network upgrade. The NGN Team will also send an email each week to people with offices (per the UMD Directory) in affected buildings, as well as faculty scheduled to teach in those buildings.

What should I do?

  • Please share the details of the wired upgrade with your teams and departments.

  • Where possible, consider alternate options for your work: Move presentations to thumb drives, save documents to your desktop to work offline, temporarily utilize a mobile hotspot, work from a remote location, different building, or University library, or conduct meetings in person or via phone where an internet connection is not required.

  • Inform your teams, departments, faculty, and researchers that there will be a network outage. Consider research and on-going processes, classes, meetings with a video component, or events that may be disrupted. The NGN project and field teams are committed to making this a smooth experience, and we thank you for your partnership and assistance. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].