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Wireless FAQs

  1. What is Wireless Computing?
  2. Where are the Wireless Network access points?
  3. Where can I get a wireless card?
  4. Are software drivers for my wireless network card available for download?
  5. What hardware do I need to connect to the Marian University wireless network?
  6. Can I get help setting up my wireless card once I buy it?
  7. Using this wireless network, can I print wirelessly?
  8. What operating system can I use to gain access to wireless on campus?
  9. I am a visitor of the University. How can I gain access to Marian University wireless network?
  10. Is there a charge for using wireless network on campus?
  11. Who do I contact when I have problems with using the wireless network on campus?
  12. Who can use the wireless network?
  13. What is the difference between 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g?
  14. Why does my signal strength vary?
  15. Do I need to register my wireless card?
  16. What is the Clean Access Agent?
  17. Does using the wireless card use up battery power on my laptop?
  18. Will configuring my laptop to access the Marian University wireless network going to affect my network at home?

What is Wireless Computing?

Wireless computing is a method of connecting computer devices to a Local Area Network (LAN) using a low-power radio frequency signal instead of a wired, plug-in connection.

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Where are the Wireless Network access points?

Wireless access points or hot spots are available in many locations and are identified on the map of wireless locations. See the wireless map for detail. Reception of wireless signals will vary by area in each building due to many factors such as building materials and obstructions. You should also be aware that as your battery power diminishes, the performance on the wireless network will also diminish. Plugging your laptop into a power outlet when your battery is weak will increase the performance.

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Where can I get a wireless card?

A wireless card can be purchased at any computer store.

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Are software drivers for my wireless network card available for download?

Updated wireless software drivers are supplied by the manufacturer of the wireless network card. Updates can be downloaded from the manufacturer website.

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What hardware do I need to connect to the Marian University wireless network?

Besides a wireless compatible device, you will need an 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g or 802.11n compatible wireless network interface card (Wireless NIC) installed and functioning properly in your wireless compatible device.

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Can I get help setting up my wireless card once I buy it?

Yes, Marian University Help Desk staff members are available to help set up your wireless card for the Marian University network. Please contact the the Help Desk for assistance.

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Can I print wirelessly using the wireless network?

No, not at this time.

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What operating system can I use to gain access to wireless on campus?

Windows XP or later and Mac OS 10.3+ are supported for wireless access.

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I am a visitor of the University. How can I gain access to the Marian University wireless network?

Only faculty, staff, students and registered visitors (e.g. attending a conference) of the University can use the wireless network.

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Is there a charge for using wireless network on campus?

No, you do not have to pay any additional cost for using the wireless network on campus.

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Who do I contact when I have problems using the wireless network on campus?

Please contact the contact the the Help Desk at any of our locations on campus.

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Who can use the wireless network?

Only faculty, staff, students and registered visitors (e.g. attending a conference) of the University can use the wireless network.

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What is the difference between 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11n?

There are three types of wireless networks:

  • 802.11a – Achieves speeds up to 54 Mbps in the 5 GHz band. Very short range, mostly used in educational institutions, closed networks, and labs where range and signal obstruction is not an issue. Not often used for public hotspots. Not compatible with 802.11b.
  • 802.11b – Achieves speeds up to 11 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band. Very popular standard used by many Hotspot locations, but quickly being replaced by 802.11g which is faster. 802.11 a and g are compatible with each other.
  • 802.11g – Achieves speeds up to 54 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band.. Extremely fast and compatible with 802.11b.
  • 802.11n – Achieves speeds up to 450 Mbps in the 2.4/5 GHz band.

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Why does my signal strength vary?

There are several factors that may affect signal strength:

  • Distance from the access point (AP) or hot spot. You may experience variable rates ranging from 54Mbps to 1Mbps depending on how close you are to the AP.
  • Physical obstructions. You may experience a weaker signal strength if there are physical obstructions between your wireless antenna and the wireless network antenna

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Do I need to register my wireless card?

No.

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Does using the wireless card use up battery power on my laptop?

Yes, a laptop’s battery will deplete faster while using the wireless network. The battery usage increases because of the power required to generate the radio signals.

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Will configuring my laptop to access the Marian University wireless network going to affect my network at home?

No. A profile for the Marian University wireless network will be created on your computer. This has no effect on your home network. You will be able to switch between your home and the Marian University network as needed.

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