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ITS Wireless Computer Access for Penn State. Will be available in: South Henderson East Henderson North Henderson Recreation Hall. How to use the Wireless. Required Hardware 802.11 wireless capable laptop or PCMCIA card for wireless Required Software

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Its wireless computer access for penn state

ITS Wireless Computer Access for Penn State

Will be available in:

South Henderson

East Henderson

North Henderson

Recreation Hall


How to use the wireless
How to use the Wireless

  • Required Hardware

    • 802.11 wireless capable laptop or PCMCIA card for wireless

  • Required Software

    • Download and configure the Virtual Private Network (VPN) software

  • Penn State Access Account

    • Only Penn State Access Account holders can log into the secure network


Start your connection
Start your Connection

  • Power up your laptop

  • Launch your VPN client software

    • Log in with Penn State Access Account

  • Use the wireless network for your tasks

    • SecureNET Access Points are labeled pennstate

  • Disconnect the VPN client when you are done


Wireless speeds
Wireless Speeds

  • IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g are used on the SecureNET

    • 802.11 is the network standard for wireless

      • b specification supports a speed of up to 11Mbps

      • a and g specification supports speeds up to 54 Mbps

  • Speed can fluctuate significantly depending on the number of simultaneous users and signal strength


Signal strength
Signal Strength

  • May extend to adjacent outside areas

  • Solid objects can dampen the signal

    • building’s walls, ceilings, metal, furniture, and even people

  • Weak signal strength?

    • Moving your laptop a few feet may improve your reception

  • Closer you are to an access point, the better your signal


Wireless is not a substitute
Wireless is NOT a Substitute

  • For the higher-speed wired connections

  • Should not be used for high-performance computing

  • Should not be used for bandwidth intensive multi-media applications


Operating limitations of its wireless
Operating Limitations of ITS Wireless

  • No Access to Network Resources

    • Network Printers (HHDev or any other network)

    • Shared Network Drives (HHDev or any other network)

  • No centrally managed Symantec Antivirus protection

  • No Access to FIT or OAS (IBIS, ISIS)

  • No Remote Desktop accessibility


Making wireless more secure
Making Wireless More Secure

  • Data security is of primary importance

  • Provides a trusted computing environment using Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology

  • Users authenticate before using the wireless services

  • Wireless traffic is encrypted automatically


Coverage maps for hhdev
Coverage Maps for HHDEV

Wireless is currently available in the following HHD buildings.  We cannot guarantee coverage throughout entire buildings due to the nature of radio transmissions, but are focusing mainly on classrooms and common spaces.  The links below will bring up maps of the access point locations for the various buildings and will describe where you can expect coverage.

  • Henderson South

  • Henderson North (in the coming year)

  • Henderson East (in the coming year)

  • Rec Hall (in the coming year)


Need some help
Need some Help

  • General questions should be directed to the ITS HelpDesk

    • Connection issues

    • VPN concerns

  • Questions can also be directed to [email protected]


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