Last modified Sep 17, 2013 12:36 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.
|Biola Secure||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 Biola Secure 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 Biola Secure whenever the device is turned on.
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 Biola Secure network.
Biola Guest has these additional limitations:
- Bandwidth limit of 1.5 Mbps
- Restricted access (internet and public Biola sites only)
- Network traffic is not encrypted
- Not available in the Block Apartments or the Biola Professional Building
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. In 2012-2013, IT completed the wireless coverage of all campus buildings and common spaces, covering Myers Hall, Crowell Music Conservatory, South Campus, Marshburn Hall, Feinberg Hall/Calvary Chapel, the Health Center, Education/Campus Safety modulars, Music in Worship, concluding with the Chase Gymnasium/Fitness Center complex in Summer 2013.
In 2013-2014, wireless upgrades will continue as IT works to cover outdoor thoroughfares. Additionally, over 200 access points will go into campus buildings, replacing older units and enhancing buildings with weaker signal. These improvements will happen in
- Hope Hall
- Rosecrans Apartments
- Sigma Hall
- Stewart Hall
- SUB, Eagles Nest, Common Grounds and Mail Services
- Production Center
- Professional Building
- Soubirou Hall
- Central Receiving/Warehouse
- McNally 90
- Music in Worship building
- Philosophy House