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WiFi at UVA

Wireless Infrastructure: Design Considerations

Basics & Realities of the WiFi Infrastructure Design

WiFi coverage design standards have been defined for how wireless access points (APs) are installed in UVA buildings:

  • The goal is to meet various building space use cases and requirements, as shown below.
  • WiFi coverage is designed for the 99% use case of a building or location, not the 1% use case. Designing all buidings and locations for highest level of performance and coverage would greatly increase cost to the University with minimal value.
  • The primary difference in these design standards is the density of the wireless APs installed in an area.
  • Buildings with unique characteristics (e.g.,construction materials, architectural elements, and other considerations) may limit our ability to meet the design standards. Interference exists and cannot always be mitigated.

UVA WiFi Design Standards

To ensure appropriate and effective wireless coverage for all areas, design standards were developed in coordination with the University's wireless vendor. These standards are applied to various University use cases in order to accomplish WiFi coverage goals as outlined in the AP Funding Model.

Design Standard Expected User Device Density Bandwith Expectations

Residence Halls



Equivalent to a Shared 1Gbps Wired Ethernet — General Web traffic, streaming audio, and HD video.

General Office Space


Conference Spaces


Study Spaces



High Equivalent to a Shared 100Mbps Wired Ethernet — General Web traffic, streaming audio and SD video. Lower bandwidth due to technical AP density limitation.

Lecture Halls

Very High

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