Below, you will find brief descriptions of the new campus wireless SSIDs being used on campus (SSID = wireless network naming convention), as well as instructions for configuring devices for secured connectivity.
- Older devices operating in the 2.4Ghz wireless band will see this SSID, which provides secure/encrypted sessions on the wireless network using WPA2 Enterprise Encryption.
- This is the 5 Ghz wireless band SSID that will offer most of the newer devices a better, faster connection with less interference from environmental sources (microwaves, cordless phones, printers, wireless Xbox controllers…). Older devices will not be able to see this SSID, but will still be able to connect to SVSUSecure or SVSUOpen (like they did before). This is offering an option to the users who have newer devices to be able to get higher performance for their new systems.
Using SVSUSecure or SVSUPreferred requires your device to authenticate to the network with your SVSU credentials. Your web traffic is then encrypted (data gets scrambled), which makes it difficult for a hacker to intercept your data.
Users concerned about personal identity and data theft should use this SVSUSecure SSID for increased protection.
- SVSUOpen (no encryption/security, but easy open access)
- This SSID is wide open and less obtrusive in connecting your device to the campus network (especially for those devices not compatible with WPA2 Enterprise Encryption, like the Nook).
- With the convenience of this open access comes the fact that devices are more vulnerable to being exploited and compromised by unethical users. Data can be snooped easier and therefore increases the chance for personal identity and data theft. Users can take extra precautions and access sites via HTTPS (which is required by SVSU resources). There are unscrupulous utilities available for people to snoop and easily hack and take over Facebook accounts and other website accounts, if the user does not access their account with HTTPS in the URL for the website. Caution is advised when using this open configuration, and use of HTTPS is encouraged where possible.
Users concerned about identity and data protection should not use SVSUOpen on their device.
Please note: all web-enabled systems will still be required to authenticate their session via web browser. This authentication does not guarantee nor provide any data encryption and is solely for the purposes of identifying users/devices connecting to the network. Again, the best data encryption is provided by using the SVSUSecure SSID and the use of HTTPS for websites you access.
In order to use the secured wireless network and stay secure, some additional configuration on your computer is required. Your system must provide encrypted sessions, have an updated anti-virus solution, and have the latest critical operating system updates installed. Step 1 is to configure the system to connect to the network with the appropriate encryption (WPA2 Enterprise).
To Manually Configure your system:
To view the Windows Vista-7 setup guide, click here.
To view the Windows XP setup guide, click here.
To view the Mac OS X setup guide, click here.
To view the Linux setup guide, click here.
To view the iPod Touch setup guide, click here.
To view the Motorola Droid setup guide, click here.
To view the Kindle/Nook setup guide, click here.
The following devices are only supported on SVSUOpen:
- Sony PlayStation 3
- Microsoft Xbox 360
- Nintendo Wii