Last modified Aug 27, 2012 12:41 p.m.
Biola has three wireless networks built on Cisco wireless technology. The table below summarizes the networks, their expected use, and the requirements for using them.
|BiolaSECURE.AC||Secure encrypted wireless for all students, staff, faculty & alumni||NetID & password, WPA2 support|
|Biola Guest||Open wireless for guests of the university||Any wireless capable device|
|Biola Othertech (hidden)||Devices without WPA2 encryption: game consoles, IP phones, etc.||A qualifying registered device|
The BiolaSECURE.AC network encrypts all network traffic using WPA2, providing the same security as a wired ethernet port. Wireless configuration is automated using a network setup wizard from XpressConnect. After the setup is complete, your computer, smart phone or tablet will connect to BiolaSECURE.AC whenever the device is turned on.
Click here to set up BiolaSECURE.AC, or scan the QR code here:
The Biola Guest wireless network provides limited wireless services to on-campus guests without requiring authentication or extra software, similar to most open wireless networks. However, Biola Guest lacks the high level of security and protection of the BiolaSECURE.AC network.
Biola Guest has these additional limitations:
- Bandwidth limit of 384kbps
- Restricted access (internet and public Biola sites only)
- Network traffic is not encrypted
The Biola Othertech wireless network is a hidden, or non-broadcast, network. It requires that qualifying wireless devices have their MAC address registered, and that you type in the name of the network on your device to connect. Qualifying wireless devices are game consoles, ip phones, etc. If the auto-registration page does not recognize a given device the IT Helpdesk can register it manually.
Wireless Coverage Map
The map below shows Biola’s current wireless coverage. Biola IT continues to add wireless access points each year, and in 2011/2012 the new Talbot East building came online, along with increased wireless coverage outside Hope Hall, on Metzger Lawn, around Flour Fountain, and the SUB patio.
New wireless installations covered the Facilities Services building, South Field, Sutherland Hall, Rose Hall, and the Bradley Annex at Bardwell Hall. Wireless was also installed at the new La Mirada Apartments, which became Biola’s first wireless-only residence.
In 2012/2013, wireless installs will continue into the Chase Gymnasium/Fitness Center complex, Myers Hall, Crowell Music Conservatory, complete South Campus coverage, Marshburn Hall, Feinberg Hall and Calvary Chapel, the Health Center, Education/Campus Safety modulars, and Music in Worship.