WCU Wireless Zones are maintained by Networking & Communications department with user support provided by Academic Computing Services.
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The University is constantly expanding its wireless network. In order to secure the wireless network from un-authorized access, we have implemented an authentication server. Please follow the instructions below in order to access the wireless network where available.
If you are a student, call the Student Technology Helpline at x3349.
If you are a faculty or staff member, call the Faculty and Staff Technology Helpline at x3350.
Wireless access is available in the following areas:
All WCU students, faculty and staff may connect to the network.
Typically, the range (or the area surrounding an access point where wireless devices can connect) is anywhere from 100 feet (indoors) to 350 feet (outdoors). In many cases, wireless connectivity extends beyond the areas listed above (such as in common outdoor areas) depending upon your hardware and configuration.
The wireless network supports speeds up to 54Mbps. Slower speeds may be experienced, depending upon how many users are attached to one access point, and how far from the access point you are.
There is no cost to access the wireless network. A wireless network adapter will be needed in order to connect. Most modern laptops have these built in.
Any IEEE 802.11b/g/n (also called Wi-Fi) wireless adapter should work. If you don't have a built in adapter you can buy one at office or department stores. Look for a USB Wireless Adapter.
WEP and WPA are methods of encryption and neither is used on the wireless network. Disable encryption when you define your wireless connection for the campus wireless network. The SSID for your computer should be WCU_101.
Yes, connecting to the wireless network is the same as plugging into the wired one.
Yes, your Apple Airport Card will work.