Wireless Computing

Information Technology Services supports a campus WiFi network that allows students, faculty and staff to openly connect virtually any wireless device in all academic, residential, and administrative buildings.

wirelesslogoWiFi technology is similar to 2.4GHz cordless phone technology and enables multiple wireless clients to "connect" to each network access point from up to 150 ft. away.

What you will need is an 802.11b/g/n compatible wireless device. We support all b/g/n wifi channels.

When you connect your device to any wireless network, you’re sharing an Access Point (AP) with all those connected around you. A single person connected to an AP has the potential to get up to the full 54 Mb on b/g and 100 Mb on N download speed. As more users connect to the AP, the download speed decreases, not only based on how many people are connected, but also by what they’re doing on the network. Too many users or just a handful that are being poor neighbors can degrade the performance of the wireless network to a point of it being unusable.

What’s Available

Campus Internet service is provided by a 500 Mbps fiber optic connection to the outside world (that's A LOT of bandwidth). You currently have two types of network connections available to you when you’re in your room:

  • A WIRED (Ethernet) connection that provides dedicated access to the campus network and is generally more reliable for heavy usage such as YouTube, iTunes, etc.
  • A WIRELESS (WiFi) connection that is shared by you and those in the immediate area.

What to Use and When

Think about what you’re doing when you’re on the Internet to decide which connection is the best for you to use. Here are some recommendations to guide you:

The Wired Network is best for bandwidth-intensive activities such as:

  • Watching Streaming Video
  • Listening to Streaming Audio
  • Playing online games (World of Warcraft, Guild Wars, Everquest)
  • Downloading large files from the Internet or from iTunes

The Wireless Network provides mobility and should be used with lower bandwidth activities such as:

  • Checking email and sending IM
  • General web surfing
  • Connecting to social networking

What NOT to use on the WIRELESS connection

  • Streaming media players (Roku boxes, Apple TV's, Smart TV's)
  • Any other multimedia enabled device or application which may demand a large portion of network bandwidth

Be Considerate to Your Fellow Surfers

Be considerate when you’re using the wireless. Use the wired network whenever you can and there will be much rejoicing!

Need A Cable?

If you need an Ethernet cable and are a new student, check with your RA or RD. You may also stop down to the ITS Helpdesk for a free 10' cable. We are located on the lower level of Herrick Library.

Questions can be answered by emailing helpdesk@alfred.edu.