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Networks and Telecommunications offer a variety of services available to the
Marshall University communities. These services are provided as the primary
communications vehicle for students, staff and faculty within the University
and to the world outside of the University. The goal is to provide the
University a modern, state-of-the -art, cost-effective service, which
consists of quality products for a reasonable cost. The Telecommunications
and Networks division of Computing Services is responsible for setting up
and maintaining Telephony/Video/LAN/WAN services. This group is also
responsible for providing service to several remote campuses throughout West
Virginia. See a list of these sites below.
Marshall University Network, known as MUNet, is composed of a Gigabit
Ethernet backbone delivered over fiber connecting all of the buildings on
Campus. The majority of intra-building connections are switched 10/100
Ethernet. Computing Services also provides support for 802.11x and
Free-Space Optical wireless networks. MUNet is linked to the Internet via
the state wide ATM Network. Marshall University has an OC3 (155Mbs
full-duplex) ATM connection with 30Mbs dedicated to high speed access to the
Internet. All remote sites are connected to the University across the
statewide ATM Network with the exception of the Medical Education Building.
Telephone services at the main campus are presently provided through an
Avaya Definity G3R PBX. The PBX was installed in 1986, and it has been
enhanced considerably since then and has grown in size as the campus has
expanded. There are approximately 3500 lines and 388 trunks, with a call
volume of 15,000 out going trunk calls, 18,000 incoming trunk calls and
7,000 internal campus calls. The Definity G3R PBX has a distributed
architecture: trunk groups and the Processor Port Network (PPN) which houses
the switch processing electronics. The EPNís are connected back to a central
group switch with fiber or T1 lines. The group switch is located in the
Drinko Library. Each EPN has processing power and can function independently
to a certain extent. Several of the EPNís are located in the Drinko Library,
but others are located in 8 other switch rooms, including some which are in
All telecommunications services are provided to the departments on a cost
recovery basis. At the request of the departmental unit, the Telecom and
Network group installs equipment and provides services for a monthly cost.
This includes any service calls to address problems experienced with
equipment or service.
The Marshall University Telecommunications and Networks office is located in
room 123 of the Drinko Library.