Network and Infrastructure Department

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Planning, installation, support, maintenance and continuous improvement of network infrastructure
Designing and implementing new network solutions, installation, configuring and maintenance of network equipment, network monitoring and optimization, maintenance and administration of computer networks and related computing environment.

 LAN Service
The Department maintains a topological design that ensures network service meets the needs of the users. Structured cabling and network devices configuration is also a function of the department.
Laying Fiber Optic cable to connect buildings to the University’s network backbone. Fiber Optic technology provides the capability to transmit huge amounts of information over long distances, and also ensures high speed access to local resources and the internet

Internet Service
The Department is mandated to ensure availability of reliable internet to users. This includes proper configuration of network devices and servers that are necessary for internet access.

WiFi Extension in Eastern Zone Hostels 

The Directorate of ICT and KENET in partnership with Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Africa is extending Wifi Coverage to Eastern Zone hostels at Kenyatta University Main Campus. The project scope will involve installation of ninety five (95) Wireless access points that will ensure that students have internet access at the comfort of their hostel rooms. Plans for provision of WiFi in Nyayo and Western Zone hostels are also at an advanced stage.

Wireless Access Service
The Department provides Wireless connectivity for access to internet and other local resources. The University offers Eduroam services which allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions.

Enforcing network security
The Department takes measures that are designed to protect usability and integrity of network and data. We achieve this through Firewall, policies and practices adopted to prevent and monitor unauthorized access, misuse, modification, or denial of a computer network and network-accessible resources. The department also maintains a Domain Controller that manages user authentication and authorization while accessing University resources.

Intranet Service
Interconnect the University satellite Campuses to ensure that users in the campuses can access resources hosted at Main Campus. The reliability, availability and adequate capacity of local network resources are critical to the day-to-day functions of the campuses.

 Teleconferencing Service
Facilitation of discussions between participants in different locations through conferencing facilities. Some online and distance learning classes are also held through Video Conferencing.

Hosting and File Storage Service
The section offers hosting service to University systems where instead of relying on the old model of “one server, one application” that leads to underutilized resources, the University has adopted a virtualized infrastructure that improves the efficiency and availability of resources and applications. Storage space is provided for departments where they can safely store shared office files which then can be accessed by authorized departmental staff.