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Wireless Network Access: FAQ

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What do I put in the Domain name?

The Domain name line is not necessary on the CedarNet network, so leave it blank. Make sure your CedarNet username and password are correct and click OK.

Is my wireless connection secure?

Yes, if you are connected to the "cu-secure" wireless network. The "cu-secure" wireless network uses industry standard WPA2 Enterprise security with AES encryption to secure wireless traffic over the air. We also secure sensitive information on CedarInfo, Google Mail (except POP and IMAP), H drive access (except ftp), and our web servers (websites that begin with https://).

Use of other networking software such as instant messaging software may not be secure from public wireless hot spots that are not secured in a manner similar to "cu-secure". You are strongly encouraged not to share sensitive information (including passwords) over wireless networks unless you are sure you have a secure connection.

How do I make a wireless connection?

Most people with portable devices make a wireless connection through built-in wireless or a PC Card that goes into an open slot on the device. If you have an open PC Card slot on your laptop, this is a good choice. Some portable devices have an upgrade option for a mini PCI WiFi card. As long as it meets the 802.11b/g or 802.11a or 802.11n standards and supports WPA2 Enterprise security, it should be fine on our network. The main wireless page contains links to instructions detailing how to get connected and how to get help.

Where is the wireless coverage?

Please visit our Wireless Coverage page for detailed maps on Cedarville University's wireless coverage.

What do I need to buy so I can use wireless?

You will need to have a laptop or portable device that can use wireless. Most notebook computers can use wireless as long as they have an available PC Card slot. Our system is standards-based on 802.11a/b/g/n with WPA2 Enterprise security. Any standard 802.11b/g or 802.11a or 802.11n device that supports WPA2 Enterprise security should work properly with our system. You can purchase wireless cards at most stores that sell electronics, and a salesperson should be able to inform you what wireless card will work on your computer. Enterasys, Cisco, D-Link, Linksys, Netgear, and Apple AirPort cards have been used successfully on our network.

Can I set up my own wireless access point?

Setting up your own wireless access point or wireless router is prohibited due to the wireless access already provided in the Residence Halls. If you detect a wireless network in the Residence Halls that is not "cu-secure", "cu-manual", or "cu-unsecure", please e-mail the Network Engineer with the approximate location.