The wireless network is an extension of the wired network. The policies set forth in the UW-W Network Use policies apply to the wired network as well as the wireless network. However, since wireless networks frequently have a smaller bandwidth and are susceptible to environmental conditions, additional precautions are necessary. Management is centralized, enabling the adoption of new standards and features such as 802.1x authentication, seamless roaming between access points, and reduction of interference between devices using the same frequency range.
- All students, faculty and staff must authenticate to a central iCIT managed authentication server before wireless access is granted.
- A location where a specific computing device will be frequently used or permanently located will be connected to the network via a wired LAN connection. This includes portable and non-portable computing devices. The installation of wireless access cards in desktop computers is discouraged. (See FAQ)
- To avoid interference, caution should be used with the use and placement of other devices that use radio waves in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz range. This includes 2.4GHz and 5GHz portable phones, cordless headsets, microwave ovens, two-way radios, and devices using Bluetooth technology.
- To protect the integrity of the wireless network and ensure high availability, all wireless access points will be installed and configured by iCIT personnel. If you would like to request wireless access in a new location, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Executive Tier determines strategic direction for the use of wireless at UW-W. iCIT manages the infrastructure and ensures the integrity, availability, and security of wireless access.