If you plan to use the wireless network you will be able to purchase your notebook computer with wireless technology integrated with it. If not, the wireless function is added by using a “wireless card adapter” which plugs into a USB port. The wireless technology you use must meet support the IEEE 802.11b standard or above (802.11g or 802.11n). Over time the university’s wireless network will be upgraded to an 802.11n standard so it would be beneficial when purchasing an integrated wireless adapter or a wireless USB adapter that it supports IEEE 802.11b/g/n or 802.11a/b/g/n.
Most mainline manufacturers of wireless adapters (e.g. Belkin, D-Link, Linksys, Netgear, etc.) will work with the University’s wireless network as long as they meet 802.11b or 802.11g standards. However, some manufacturers sell multiple adapters of varying quality. When considering a specific adapter you can normally obtain an independent review and rating of the card by going to the site www.cnet.com and searching on the manufacturer and model number of the adapter.
Some manufacturers will claim to be able to double the wireless speed but this normally is true only if the manufacturer of the card is the same as the manufacturer of the network hardware (access points). The University uses access points from several different manufacturers, and we do not recommend paying more for a card that claims to double the speed.
Wireless installation is available on campus for students
During Freshman Orientation and the first few weeks of fall semester, there will be students and staff available to help with wireless installations.
The following locations include wireless access in the entire building:
- Art Studio
- Livingston Hall
- Miller Hall
- Meadows Hall
- Wright Hall
- Hardy Hall
- Baker Hall
- Roush Hall
- Forester Village
- RichLyn Library
These locations include wireless access in specific student areas:
- Administration Annex
- Art Annex
- Becker Hall
- Graduate School
- HUB (Huntington Union Building)
- HDC (Habecker Dining Commons)
- Lifespring Counseling Center
- Loew-Brenn Building
- MPERC (Merillat Physical Education and Recreation Center)
- MCA (Merillat Center for the Arts)
- Science Hall
Installation of Wireless Bridges/Routers/Access Points, Airport Base Stations
Please click here to view our Airspace Guideline.