ITS is charged with the provisioning and associated security of the internal and external network infrastructure for the University. The addition of wireless access to the network is no different to adding additional routing or switching gear to the network. The configuration and installation of the wireless access point (WAP) has to be carried out by ITS. Users are not allowed to purchase their own WAP's and connect them to the University network.
University wireless 802.11-based network has a name "waikato", which is broadcast over 2.4G and 5GHz. It's an open-access network available to University staff, students, and visitors.
University wireless network is positioned outside University security firewall and the wireless clients can gain all public Internet services provided by the University. That is, all University services available through the Internet are available to wireless clients as well. This access is free of charge.
For staff members who need access to University internal resources, they are encouraged to use IPSec VPN, which provides users with a secure and encrypted access to University internal network. Please contact your school Computer Consultant or ITS Service Desk more details.
At the moment, there is no direct Internet access available on the wireless network. Users need to point their browser proxy to ITS's proxy server. There is an ongoing ITS review over the wireless service. Wireless ISP's (Internet Service Providers) would be introduced as a result. ITS Helpdesk will keep University communities posted in this regard.
The Internet access in student accommodation blocks, wired or wireless, is provided by Rural Link Ltd. Please visit http://www.lightwire.co.nz/ for inquiries or call 0800 12 13 14.
|Wireless access points are constantly being installed and the map will be updated regularly.
To view the University wireless coverage, click here.
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