Where is it Available?
WPI has installed wireless access points in numerous locations across campus. With the proper equipment, this allows wire-free, roaming network and Internet access throughout many locations.
Please note that this is only an approximate list of coverage. Due to the inherently unreliable nature of wireless, the signal quality and data speed will vary widely within a given building based on numerous factors, including the construction of the building, the particular wireless card in use on the client, and radio frequency noise level. Whenever practical, we recommend the use of a wired connection over wireless.
|28 Trowbridge International House||Full 11n|
|20 Shussler Road OASIS House||Full 11n|
|60 Prescott Street||Full 11n|
|Air Force ROTC||Full 11n|
|Alden Hall||Full 11n|
|Bartlett Center||Full 11n|
|Boynton Hall||Full 11n|
|Campus Center||Full 11n|
|Fuller Labs||Full 11n|
|Goddard Labs||Ful 11n|
|Gordon Library||Full 11n|
|Harrington Auditorium||Full 11n|
|Higgins House||Full 11n|
|Higgins Labs||Full 11n|
|Kaven Hall||Full 11n|
|Olin Hall||Full 11n|
|Salisbury Labs||Full 11n|
|Stratton Hall||Full 11n|
|Student Counselling Center||Full 11n|
|Wasburn Labs||Full 11n|
|16 Elbridge||Full 11n|
|22 Schussler||Full 11n|
|25 Trowbridge||Full 11n|
|26 Hackfeld||Full 11n|
|30 Boynton (East Hall)||Full 11n|
|Daniels Hall||Full 11n|
|Ellsworth Apartments||Full 11n|
|Founders Hall||Full 11n|
|Fuller Apartments||Full 11n|
|Institute Hall||Full 11n|
|Morgan Hall||Full 11n|
|Riley Hall||Full 11n|
|Stoddard Complex||Full 11n|
|30 Boynton Plaza||Full 11n|
|Ellsworth Plaza||a/g only|
|Freeman Plaza||a/g only|
|Fuller Plaza||a/g only|
|Football Field||a/g only|
|Campus Center Lawn||a/g only|
|Stoddard Plaza||a/g only|
What do I Need?
To take advantage of the WPI wireless network, you will need an WiFi compatible wireless network card that has the ability to handle WPA with 802.1x authentication, also called WPA Enterprise. The Wi-Fi Alliance maintains a Certified Products Search Tool that can assist you in finding wireless cards that have passed compatability and compliance testing.
You will need to register the card in the Wireless: Mobile Wireless Systems IP Range through the Network Registration page. (You will need to know your wireless card's MAC address for the registration process. See Finding your Ethernet MAC address for help with this.)
Machines not on the ADMIN domain will also need to get WPI's ESS-ID (Network Name) and certificate files (CCC UNIX username and password required). You will need to enter this information into your wireless card's control panel.
See Configuration Directions for step-by-step instructions for various operating systems.
What kind of encryption does WPI use?
In order to maintain the highest level of security for all users, the WPI wireless network uses WPA2 with AES encryption.
In addition, WPI requires a high level of authentication. Specifically, WPI requires 802.1x EAP-TLS certificate based authentication. This is sometimes referred to as WPA Enterprise. Note that devices which only support WPA Personal or Pre-Shared Key (PSK) will not work on the WPI network.
Which wireless speeds does WPI support?
|802.11b||11 Mbps||All Access Points||Lowest speed, good penetration.|
|802.11g||54 Mbps||All Access Points||Good speed, good penetration.|
|802.11a||54 Mbps||All Access Points||Good speed, low penetration, least interference.|
|802.11n||150 to 300 Mbps||Limited Support||Best range and penetration, but least support. Go here for more details on 11n.|
Please note that these are all theoretical speeds only. Your actual connection speed and throughput will vary widely on a number of factors, including but not limited to your distance to the access point, any physical obstructions, such as walls, sources of RF noise, and the total number of clients connected to the access point. Because of the wide uncontrolled nature of many of these sources of interference, we cannot guarantee any minimum level of speed.
My phone has wireless web... can I use that on the network?
There are two different types of wireless data access that are typically found on phones. The first is data access that uses the same radio component as the voice calls. This includes service such as EVDO and 3G/4G. These services are managed by your cell phone provider.
Some other phones do include a WiFi compatible radio, which may be compatible with the WPI wireless network. The device must support certificate based authentication, and either WPA or WPA2 encryption. While there is no prohibition against using such devices, due to the wide range of different options we are unable to provide any advice or support on purchasing or configuration.
While we do not place any particular restrictions on which device may connect to the wireless network (beyond those imposed by the AUP), some devices are known to be incompatible. Typically this is because the device does not support the WPA Enterprise authentication required.
|Nexus 7 Tablet, possibly other JellyBean devices||Requires update.||There is a known bug in JellyBean (Android 4.1) on the Nexus 7 tablet, and possibly other JellyBean devices. This bug prevents authentication on any certificate based wireless network, including WPI. This bug is fixed in the latest update from Google.|
|Barnes and Noble Nook (all)||Will not work.||While the underlying Android operating system is capable of supporting the security used by the WPI-Wireless network, this support was removed by Barnes and Noble before the device was shipped.|
|Windows Mobile 5 Phones||Unlikely to work.||Most cannot import the certificates, and those that can do not properly support the high level of encryption.|
|Windows Mobile 6 Phones||Varies.||Even on phones that can import the certificates properly, many still have buggy encryption drivers that will not work reliably.|
|Windows Mobile 7 Phones||Will not work.||No support for certificate authentication.|
|Nintendo Wii||Will not work.||No support for WPA Enterprise. The USB wired Ethernet adaptor will work instead.|
|Wireless Printers||Unlikely to work||While there are a wide range of wireless printers available on the market, the vast majority of them lack support for WPA Enterprise. In addition, configuring your machine to connect directly to the printer via wireless has been observed to cause problems reliably connecting to the WPI wireless network.|
Last modified: Oct 10, 2012, 09:56 EDT