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Wireless Computing at RIT

RIT's wireless implementation, completed in August 2009, is one of the largest wireless deployments in North America. RIT has more than 3400 state of the art wireless access points covering the interior of all academic buildings, residence halls, Colony Manor, Perkins Green, Racquet Club and University Commons apartments. This new network supports wireless protocols up to and including 802.11N.

Wireless should not be considered a replacement for wired network connections. We expect that wired connections will continue to offer speeds that are one to two orders of magnitude faster than wireless connections. That speed advantage of wired networks can be critical to some applications.

Connect to the RIT wireless network

We have more information (see sidebar) on connection instructionsFAQ's, and toubleshooting connection problems.

Wireless security

RIT's Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA2) wireless network requires that you authenticate, or log in, to connect; it is not an open network. It provides a level of additional security through encryption - especially to allow you to safely login with your RIT computer account username and password - of your wireless network transmissions.

The primary feature of WPA2 is to prevent unauthorized use of RIT resources, through authentication, so that the people who need to use the network do so with a high quality of service and safety. You should still be cautious about transmitting personally-identifiable or RIT confidential information to Web sites and other systems that do not offer their own encryption, such as afforded by Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or Transport Layer Security (TLS) or other means. Both SSL and TLS, for example, are traditionally indicated as a lock icon in a Web browser window. If you currently use VPN to access campus applications when on the wireless network, please continue to do so with RITWPA2.

ITS strongly recommends that you configure your computer to connect to the “ritwpa2” network.