Wireless Networking Safety


Wireless networks are generally considered to be less secure than wired networks. However with proper configuration and encryption enabled, they can provide more than adequate security for most users.

Wireless at RIT

RIT offers the following wireless networks across campus:

  • eduroam - RIT's preferred network for RIT community members and visitors from other eduroam participating institutions. 
  • RIT-WiFi- For devices that do not support WPA2-Enterprise (802.1X Authentication).
  • RIT-Guest - RIT's Guest Network for Visitors (Access to RIT Network Services are limited).

We strongly recommend using the eduroam at all times, as it provides much better quality and security for users. WPA2 EAP-TLS is the preferred protocol as it offers the best security. Learn more about the RIT Wireless Network

Residential Networking

Please note that the use of wireless network routers is not permitted in the residential areas on campus. Use of wired routers is acceptable, however you should read and comply with Resnet's guide to using a router on the RIT Network prior to setup.

Wireless at home

Without a secure configuration, your wireless network is open to anyone within range of the access point. Anyone within range can "piggyback" on your connection and use your internet, which can lead to a number of problems such as service violations, bandwidth shortages, abuse, activity monitoring, or direct attacks to your computer.

Best practices for wireless networks

  • Avoid sending sensitive information (such as online banking, shopping, etc.) over an open wireless network.
  • Stay on secure websites, indicated by https or the lock icon.
  • Encrypt your traffic.
  • Connect using Virtual Private Networking (VPN).
  • Be aware of your surroundings.