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Campus expands wireless access in dorms


Roll over the icons to find out which common areas in each campus residence have wireless network access. Locations in blue type indicate areas included in the recent expansion project.

Got wireless? If you live on campus, chances are you do now. An expansion project completed last week has equipped almost every campus residence common area with wireless network access.

According to Michael Krugman, interim vice president of information systems and technology, the University has provided wireless access to lounges and laundry and recreation rooms all around campus. 

The project was born when a group of students approached President Robert A. Brown with a modest request for access in a few specific locations. The president sanctioned a much more substantial project, involving 51 common areas in 15 residences.

The new wireless service will be secure and encrypted, as it was in the past, but will incorporate new protocol making it easier to connect to the Web. Previously, software was needed to connect to the network through virtual personal network, or VPN, technology. The new system requires only a valid, synchronized Kerberos password to log in. Students, faculty, and staff can click here to make sure their Kerberos password is synchronized with BU’s Active Directory.

While the wireless network access is specifically targeted at residence common areas, Krugman expects hundreds of residents to benefit, since radio transceivers typically radiate beyond targeted service areas.

Edward A. Brown can be reached at ebrown@bu.edu.


4 Comments on Surfing the Web, Beyond the BU Beach

  • Danielle Barbieri on 09.17.2008 at 7:30 am

    Bay State Rd

    What about all of us living on campus on Bay State Road??

  • Anonymous on 09.17.2008 at 9:03 am

    How about getting that in South Campus, the most forgotten area of campus?

  • Anonymous on 09.17.2008 at 11:46 pm

    As I understand it, the intent wasn’t to provide students wireless access from their dormitory room. You should still assume that Ethernet is required to get online from your room.

  • Anonymous on 09.17.2008 at 11:47 pm

    Contrary to the above comments, there are several wireless locations listed in both South Campus and the Bay State Rd. area.

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