STATE COLLEGE, Pa.—Penn State's main campus is planning an $8.5 million overhaul of its wireless network.

The Centre Daily Times reports ( that school officials found the number of tablets, laptops and other devices accessing the university's Wi-Fi has doubled in the past 15 months. That's bogging down the wireless network at the State College campus.

Ford Stryker is associate vice president for the Office of Physical Plant at Penn State. He said Thursday the plan is to "improve the patchwork of hodgepodge coverage" over a two-year period.

He says that will extend wireless service to the campus's residence halls and fill in areas where coverage is spotty.

The plan will be presented to Penn State's board of trustees on Friday.


Information from: Centre Daily Times,