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    EWU Wireless Access

    The university wireless network is available to all EWU students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors. It provides all the conveniences of a regular wired connection without the need for cables. Currently, wireless network access is available in the common areas of the campus buildings and outdoors. The only item you need to connect to the wireless is a laptop or device with 802.11b/g/n wireless capabilities.

    The Network

    The EWU wireless network is based on the IEEE 802.11b/g/n standard, which operates in the 2.4GHz license-free frequency band. It offers wireless data connections at speeds of up to 11Mbps with 802.11b, up to 54Mbps with the 802.11g and up to 70Mbps with 802.11n.


    EWU Wireless Accounts:  eduroam™, WiEWUs, and WiEWUGuest

    Currently there are three types of network accounts that can be accessed with your wireless devices: eduroam™,  WiEWUs, and WiEWUGuest.

    ·      eduroam™ (Secure wireless network connectivity for EWU staff, faculty, and students. Also available to visitors from other eduroam affiliates.)


    ·      WiEWUs (Secure wireless network connectivity for EWU staff, faculty, and students.) You will continue to be prompted for a username/password when you want to use this network. Not intended for guests. Data transmitted on this network is encrypted

    ·      WiEWUGuest access (Convenient, open, and not secure for general visitors)

    EWU is an eduroam affiliate, a secure network wireless authentication service that is spreading around the world. This type of account uses EWU's current authentication credentials to allow users secure network connections to resources as well as the internet. Using EWU credentials any user can access wireless network at any facility participating in the eduroam program.

    Secure eduroam wireless service allows visitors from other eduroam affiliated institutions to connect to the EWU wireless network using their login credentials of their home organizations. Authentication is verified with the authorized individuals home site, provided their institution is an active participant in the eduroam program.

    Our secure method of wireless network connectivity is eduroam and WiEWUs.

     

     WiEWUGuest accounts are convenient and available for visitors and others to access the internet as needed. Guest access is open and not secure. Please use precautions and care when using this method for wireless network access. When possible please use other secure methods of connection such as VPN or https://.

    eduroam

    eduroam™ Wireless Setup Settings

    ·      SSID: eduroam

    ·      Username: netid@ewu.edu (username@institutio.edu)

    ·      Password: Your Eastern SSO password (user institution wireless logon password)

    ·      802.11b/802.11g/802.11n compliant wireless

    ·      Network type: Infrastructure

    ·      Encryption: WPA2-Enterprise

    ·      Network Authentication: PEAP

    ·      TCP/IP settings: DHCP

    ·      802.11b/802.11g/802.11n compliant wireless

     

    WiEWUs Wireless Setup

    ·      SSID: WiEWUs

    ·      Username: netid (username)

    ·      Password: Your Eastern SSO password (user logon password)

    ·      802.11b/802.11g/802.11n compliant wireless

    ·      Network type: Infrastructure

    ·      Encryption: WPA2-Enterprise

    ·      Network Authentication: PEAP

    ·      TCP/IP settings: DHCP

    ·      802.11b/802.11g/802.11n compliant wireless

     

    Guest Wireless Setup

    In order to be able to connect to the wireless network you will need to have the following items and settings:

    ·      SSID: WiEWUGuest access

    ·      802.11b/802.11g/802.11n compliant wireless

    ·      Network type: Infrastructure

    ·      Encryption: off

    ·      TCP/IP settings: DHCP

    ·      802.11b/802.11g/802.11n compliant wireless

    You will need an 802.11b/g/n compliant card. When purchasing a wireless card, make sure the card is 802.11b/g/n compliant or Wi-Fi certified. In addition, make sure that you install the latest drivers. Visit the manufacturer's website for information about the latest drivers.

    The following set of the instructions deal with the properties of the wireless network card. The location of the network card properties will vary depending on the operating system.

    Network Type: Infrastructure

    802.11 defines two types of network: infrastructure and ad-hoc. An infrastructure type indicates that your wireless client will connect to the wired network via an access point. Ad-Hoc, on the other hand, indicates a type of network where only wireless clients get to communicate among each other. You must use infrastructure in order to connect to the EWU Wireless Zones.

    SSID: eduroam,  WiEWUs, and WiEWUGuest

    SSID stands for Service Set Identifier. This is simply a name used to identify a wireless network and which wireless clients must use to be able to communicate with an access point. The access points on the EWU Wireless Zones are configured to broadcast the SSID to the wireless clients. To connect to an EWU Wireless Zone, select or enter eduroam, WiEWUs, or WiEWUGuest in the SSID field.

    For more eduroam information, please refer to the eduroam website “http://www.eduroam.org”.

    Encryption: WPA2 Enterprise for eduroam and WiEWUs; No Encryption for Guest Wireless Setup

    The EWU Wireless Zones eduroam and WiEWUs access requires WPA2-Enterprise encryption.

    WiEWUGuest access does not require encryption. Please use precautions and care when using this method for wireless network access. When possible please use other secure methods of connection such as VPN or https://.

    TCP/IP settings: DHCP

    There are two ways of assigning an IP address to a network adapter: static or DHCP. EWU Wireless Zones use DHCP. DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) refers to the automatic assignment of an IP address. The only thing the user is responsible for is to set the TCP/IP settings on the network adapter to DHCP.

    Additional eduroam Information

    For more eduroam information, please refer to the eduroam website “http://www.eduroam.org”.

    Cisco Clean Access

    In order to prevent unauthorized users from using the wireless network, you must first log in using your NetID account. Limited Guess access is provided as well.

    Contact Information

    Help Desk
    JFK Library - Lower Level
    Cheney, WA 99004

    email: helpdesk@ewu.edu
    phone: 509.359.2247
    fax: 509.359.6847

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