Wireless Network Access
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The CLUWnet pilot project was implemented in September 2002, providing wireless networking coverage to 7 buildings, with planned coverage to additional buildings later in the fall. The pilot project received primary funding from a Keck Foundation grant secured by the Biology department. Phase II and III of the project extended coverage to all 40 buildings on campus, with increased speeds. During the Summer 2004, the entire wireless network was upgraded.
CLUWnet is a WiFi compliant 802.11b network, employing industry standard and widely adopted technologies for widest compatibility with wireless network cards and operating systems.
With CLUWnet, users are no longer confined to a desk or a room, but can make use of other indoor and some outdoor locations to connect to the Internet, send and receive e-mail and even conduct research.
How do I connect?
Most new laptops ship with a built-in wireless network interface card (NIC). If you need to purchase a wireless NIC, ISS will sell and install one for you .
Anyone with a CLU email account and password can use CLUWnet. Users need to launch an Internet browser such as Firefox or Internet Explorer, where they will be redirected to a login page. The user will gain access to network resources upon successful entry of a valid CLU username and password.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to connect to the wireless network?
In addition to a laptop, you will need to purchase a wireless card that is 802.11b compliant. Wireless cards are sold and supported by ISS.
What kind of card do I need and where can I buy it?
You will need a WiFi compliant 802.11b network card — Cisco and 3COM brand wireless cards will be sold and supported by ISS. Faculty and staff must purchase Cisco wireless cards from ISS. Students, however, may purchase other wireless cards available at local retail stores. Installation and configuration of these cards will be the responsibility of the student.
Can I use a Mac laptop with Airport on the wireless network?
Yes, since Airport cards are 802.11b compliant.
How much does the service cost?
There are no additional costs outside of the primary requirement of a laptop and the purchase of a wireless NIC.
Where can I use the wireless card?
The card can access CLUWnet in the areas indicated in the coverage map. The wireless card can access other 802.11b compatible networks (such as those at select Starbucks stores or airports).
Who can connect to CLUWnet?
Anyone with a CLU email account can access the wireless network. Before the user has access to network resources an email account and password are required for login using a web browser. Users are automatically redirected to the login page if they have not yet authenticated before attemping to acess the wireless network.
What can I access using a wireless connection?
Any Internet resource normally available from public computer workstations.