Frequently Asked Questions
Buildings with both wireless and wired* coverage:
* Wired connections are only available in the bedrooms. Ethernet ports in living-rooms are not active.
Buildings with wireless coverage (no wired connections):
Under no circumstances is any student permitted to connect any form of Wireless Access Point to the campus network. Offering wireless access to a ethernet point is a breech of the University Computing & Access Policies for the network, since it involves both offering networking services and potentially providing data access to others. Students found running a wireless data facility will at a minimum have their access to the internet withdrawn. Use of Access Points in an ad hoc mode with no wired connection to the campus backbone is also unacceptable, as it may interfere with legitimate wireless networks elsewhere on campus.
The primary differences between the three wireless standards are:
- 802.11a is faster (802.11b operates at 11 Mbps (Megabits Per Second) while 802.11a operates at 54 MBps)
- 802.11a provides better coverage than 802.11b
- 802.11b is Wi-Fi compliant
- 802.11g is the extension of 802.11b that operates at 54 Mbps
- 802.11a operates at 5GHz frequency band, while 802.11b and 802.11g operates at 2.4GHz frequency band.