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New Wireless Login Method

Posted on: July 27th, 2011 by Robby Seitz

Beginning Tuesday, August 2nd, users of the UM wireless network will have a new, more streamlined method for logging into the wireless network.

Screenshot of the new wireless access form

Screenshot of the New Wireless Access Form

The Network Management Team of the Office of Information Technology (IT) has been working throughout the summer to deploy a new WebID-based method of authentication that will eliminate the need for users to install client software onto their devices.  This new method will improve support for newer devices and simplify the process for accessing wireless services.  The only requirement for this method is the availability of a browser on the device.

Campus guests requiring access to the wireless network will continue to follow the established process at the UM Wireless Web site.

If you have been using the existing Network Admission Control (NAC) system and wish to remove the Cisco Clean Access Agent client software, instructions are available for you to do so.   It is not necessary for you to remove the client software for the new system to work properly, but it is no longer needed.

Wireless Gaming Support

A new environment that will allow students to register one wireless gaming device per user is also being developed.  It should be noted that wireless technology is a shared technology and performance can vary based on the number of active users in an area at any given time.  Wired connections are not subject to that limitation and there are no restrictions on the number of gaming devices one user can connect to the wired network.  Keep in mind there is a finite amount of campus Internet bandwidth available for all activities.  More information will be available soon regarding registering wireless gaming devices.

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