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Western Kentucky University

IT Division - Network

Getting Connected

The WKU Wireless Network has been designed to provide ease of use for the majority of our clients while still retaining flexibility and advanced features for the more demanding clients. The network infrastructure is based on 802.11 standard wireless technologies. We utilize several mechanisms to aid in authentication and security of the wireless network.

WKU currently offers three different wireless networks each with a different set of features to cater to various needs and use cases. These networks were developed to meet the needs of the diverse user population that the University maintains. Please see the following section for a breakdown of the wireless networks available:

WKU-GUEST – This network was developed for guests of the University. This network is not intended for members of the WKU community: Faculty/Staff/Students. For optimal computing experience you should be using either WKU-WIRELESS or WKU-SECURE. The following restrictions are applied to WKU-GUEST.

  1. This network is limited to HTTP, HTTPS, and IPSEC protocols.
  2. WKU-GUEST connectivity will be considerably slower when compared to the Faculty/Staff/Student networks WKU-WIRELESS and WKU-SECURE.
  3. Devices registered through the Wireless Registration System are prohibited on this network.

WKU-WIRELESS – This network was developed to be utilized by WKU Faculty, Staff, and Student devices that are not capable of utilizing the higher security network WKU-SECURE. The features of this network are:

  1. No special protocol restrictions.
  2. No special bandwidth restrictions.
  3. This network requires that Students have the Cisco Network Admission Control Agent (aka Cisco NAC Agent) to assist in ensuring the device meets minimum security requirements and computing best practices.

WKU-SECURE – This network was developed to provide a more secure wireless experience for WKU Faculty, Staff, and Student devices that meet the minimum requirements to access the network. Please see the WKU-SECURE instructions below for accessing this network. The features of this network are:

  1. This network requires that all participants have the Cisco Network Admission Control Agent (aka Cisco NAC Agent) to assist in ensuring the device meets minimum security requirements and computing best practices.
  2. This network allows certain devices, such as mobile devices, to be registered for a 90 day period through the Wireless Registration System. This allows for an extended period of use without the need to frequently log-in.

Assuming you are familiar with wireless networking and your particular hardware/software setup, the following steps grouped by affiliation will allow you to use the basic functionality of the WKU Wireless Network.  Please download the following instructions for further information about how to connect to the WKU-SECURE wireless network:

Instructions for using WKU-SECURE wireless network for Windows 7 computers

WKU Wireless fix for WKU Secure: How to setup windows as the default wireless connection manager.

Instructions for using WKU-SECURE wireless network for Mac OS X computers

 

Faculty, Staff (+affiliates)

  1. Make sure you are in an area covered by the WKU Wireless Network. For additional information refer to the Coverage page.
  2. Using your wireless client software, discover and connect to the proper wireless network. WKU faculty, staff (+affiliates), and sponsored guests should connect to 'WKU-WIRELESS'.
  3. Open a web browser and attempt to browse to a site; you should be redirected to the WKU Wireless Authentication Page.
  4. Put in your WKU NetID and password, then click the "Continue" button. If the credentials are valid you will be authenticated and will be able to utilize the WKU Wireless Network.

 

Students 

  1. Make sure you are in an area covered by the WKU Wireless Network. For additional information refer to the Coverage page.
  2. Using your wireless client software, discover and connect to the proper wireless network. WKU registered students should connect to 'WKU-WIRELESS'.
  3. Open a web browser and attempt to browse to a site; you should be redirected to the WKU Wireless Authentication Page.
  4. Put in your WKU NetID and password, then click the "Continue" button. If the credentials are valid you will be authenticated. *This section will be changing. Please see the Planned Enhancements Phase I, section 2.

 

University Guests

  1. Make sure you are in an area covered by the WKU Wireless Network. For additional information refer to the Coverage page.
  2. Using your wireless client software, discover and connect to the proper wireless network. WKU non-sponsored guests should connect to 'WKU-GUEST'.
  3. Open a web browser and attempt to browse to a site; when this step is performed, you will be presented with a "splash page" that will contain valuable information concerning the WKU-GUEST network and the Acceptable Use policy.
  4. Guests must agree to the Acceptable Use policy in order to use this resource.

 

It is important to note that the "WKU-GUEST" wireless network does have some usage restrictions. These restrictions are:

  1. This network is limited to HTTP, HTTPS, and IPSEC protocols.
  2. This network is limited to 256K of bandwidth per device.
  3. This network utilizes private addressing.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about compatibility, please contact the IT Helpdesk at 270-745-7000.

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 Last Modified 9/24/14