Wireless (802.11) FAQ

Please note: Some of the answers given here are intended for the technically savvy. If you are not somewhat technical, you may want to get help from the Technical Support group (telephone 262-6266) or your departmental computer consultant.

How can I use my wireless device if it ONLY supports WEP?
Because WEP is not secure, it is no longer supported.

What does 802.11 a, b and g mean?
See http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/8/802_11.html for definitions of 802.11.

Where can I get additional information about connecting to the Appalachian wireless network?
http://nics.appstate.edu/wireless/wireless-tutorials

What buildings at Appalachian have wireless network access presence?
All academic, student activity and administrative buildings have wireless coverage. See wireless.appstate.edu for more information. Contact John Pertalion in NICS if your area of study or work have deficient wireless service. (828) 262-7909 or email pertalionaj@appstate.edu

Do you need to register wireless Ethernet MAC addresses like you do wired ones?
Yes.

Can you tell me a little about the new Aruba wireless network?
See the Aruba Wireless Guide.

Who should use the “asu-visitor” wireless ssid?
This ssid is for casual University visitor wireless access only. To make setup and use as easy as possible, this ssid is not encrypted. It provides absolutely no form of encryption or privacy. It should only be used by University visitors that do not have a valid ASU login name and requires non-private network access. It must never be used to perform official University business. Visitor users of this id who wish privacy must use client VPNs or other SSL client encryption methods such as HTTPS and SSH.

Updated 5/22/2013


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