A new face for UNH Wi-Fi

For those who have not yet adjusted to the new UNH Wi-Fi networks, you may consider switching over the UNH-Public or UNH-Secure network sooner than later. According to Dan Corbeil, the UNH Telecommunications Operations Manager, wireless clients will no longer have access to the “unh-highspeed” or “unhwireless” networks after October 7th. In addition to this change, residential halls will also see a new network called UNH-gaming. A network designed specifically for students online gaming systems.

“The reason for changing the network names was to more accurately depict the purpose of each network,” said Corbeil “ The function and speed of the networks remain the same. Students should choose UNH-Secure whenever possible, UNH-Public is unsecure and information sent using this network could be intercepted. The function and speed of the networks remain the same.”

According to speedtest.net, a website designed to test the speed and functionality of internet connections, the networks UNH-Secure, UNH-Public, and unh-highspeed, all have similar speeds. The tests took place in Handler Hall, Horton Hall, and the Memorial Union Building. The site graded the both network connections as a “B”, meaning the networks are very good, but some online games may not perform optimally.

However, UNH-Gaming will not provide students with a faster connection. According to Corbeil, this network was created for the gaming stations that cannot authenticate and connect to the UNH-Secure network.

A problem that many students have had including Chis Hastings, a sophomore at UNH living in Handler Hall.

“It just shows an error code every time I try to connect it,” said Hastings “After a while I just gave up trying.”

Hastings did admit he had similar troubles last year connecting to the unh-highspeed, but it just magically worked one day. He now awaits to the UNH-Gaming network to finally update his XBOX-360 and try out his new copy of NHL 15 online.

Yet, some students like David Desaulniers, a junior finance major, still prefer the older unh-highspeed network. He claims that the connection feels much slower and that it takes forever to verify his computer on the network.

Corbeil says that most performance issues students face can be linked to radio frequency interference primarily from unauthorized wireless devices, most commonly wireless routers and personal hotspots.

“These devices disrupt the service for the universities wireless access points,” said Corbeil “For the university wireless network to work properly ad-hoc wireless networks should be disabled.”

For those who still seem less than optimistic about the new network changes Corbeil offers four tips to help smooth the transition:

  1. Open your wireless settings, if you see available networks other than UNH-Public or UNH-Secure someone near you has a wireless device that is causing RF interference. Work with your neighbors and RA’s to get these wireless devices turned off.
  2. If you have a wireless printer the university recommends using a USB cable to print and disabling the Wireless Direct function. The Wireless Direct function broadcast its own SSID and creates RF inference and could prevent you and your neighbors from connecting to the campus wireless network.
  3. Cell phone hotspots, Mifi, Jetpacks and other personal hotspots are another area of RF interference and should not be used when in areas serviced by the university wireless network
  4. If users take these steps and continue to experience problems we ask that they please contact UNH IT at 862-4242 with detailed information include the location they experience the problem and the time-of-day. We are committed to making the wireless network better but we need everyone’s help.

 

 

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