Introducing WiMAX

WiMAX equipment being installed on the campanile, late fall 2010 WiMAX news

Beginning Tuesday February 7, 2012, Franklin WiMAX adapters will be available for sale from the Campus Store. These new adapters are both Mac and Windows compatible. (They will also work with some versions of Linux).

Service area

Currently, we have deployed WiMAX to the UMass Dartmouth campus and in a two-mile radius beyond the campus. In addition, we have expanded our WiMAX deployment to the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory and in a two-mile radius beyond MBL’s campus.

Setup instructions

Mac OS 10.5, 10.6, & 10.7

Windows XP, Vista, 7


Adapters for loan

Beginning February 21, 2012, the new Franklin adapters will be available for loan via the Mobile Computing Lending Program (MCLP) in the lower level of the Claire T. Carney Library.

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More about WiMAX

WiMAX is an acronym for "Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access." WiMAX can be used for a number of applications—most commonly for Internet connectivity, security applications, hotspots, etc.

In spring 2011, UMass Dartmouth began offering this new wireless access to students, faculty, and staff as well as to the university's Public Safety cruisers. We expect to equip the DART van service with wireless as well. Additionally, there are plans to expand into several cities where UMass Dartmouth has facilities, as our capabilities grow.

WiMAX is more capable and cost-effective on a larger scale than traditional Wi-Fi because even a single base station like the one on our campus campanile can support thousands of users. WiMAX fundamentally operates on both licensed and non-licensed frequencies that generally do not require uninterrupted line-of-sight access to function. UMass Dartmouth is relatively fortunate as a university in that is has an FCC licensed spectrum in the 2.5 GHz range. This is significant as it provides a regulated environment, free from interference from rogue systems and other competitors.

Photo: WiMAX was installed at the top of the campanile in late fall 2010