At IUB, if my campus residence does not yet have IU Secure wireless network access, how do I configure a wireless access point?
The IU Secure wireless network is available in all IU Bloomington and IUPUI dormitory residence halls, as well as Campus View, Hillcrest Apartments, and Tulip Tree. If IU Secure is not yet available in your campus residence, you may operate a properly configured, FCC-approved wireless access point (WAP) as an exception to the IT-19 Extending the University Data Network and IT-20 Wireless Networking policies from the University Information Policy Office (UIPO). Once IU Secure is available in your residence, this exception will no longer apply and you will need to remove your WAP from the network.
Required wireless access point settings
You must configure your WAP according to the following security guidelines before connecting it to the IU network. An improperly configured WAP can interfere with the connections of others in your building on the IU network. Also, an improperly secured network leaves your personal information vulnerable to hacking, and can lead to Digital Millennium Copyright Act violations, fines, and legal action if someone uses your WAP for illegal file sharing.
To properly configure your WAP, follow these guidelines according to
the instructions provided by the manufacturer of your WAP. Be sure to
click the button that saves settings (e.g.,
OK) after every configuration change. For
help, contact the Support Center.
- Set your Service Set Identifier (SSID) to
usernameis your IU Network ID username.
- Disable SSID broadcasting. Note that you will have to manually
enter your SSID in computers you wish to connect to your network; your
WAP will not appear in the list of available networks.
- Enable wireless encryption. Use the highest level of encryption
offered by both your WAP and any devices you wish to connect. UITS
recommends using WPA2 with AES or TKIP encryption.
Note: Do not use your IU Network ID passphrase as your wireless encryption passphrase or shared key.
- Change the default WAP administrator password. Default passwords
adminfor Linksys products) are widely known, and offer no protection from hackers.
- Select a specific WAP channel during configuration. Select
only channel 1, 6, or 11. If you are near a
microwave oven, do not use channel 6, because microwave ovens run on
channel 6 and will cause wireless interference (a slow connection,
dropped packets, or only one bar). You may need to change the channel
if you have additional wireless interference.
- Enable MAC address filtering, and add the MAC addresses of your wireless devices to the list of allowed addresses. For assistance locating device MAC addresses, check the manufacturer's help.
Even if you have followed all of these steps, you may not have your access point online until the settings are verified by a TCC consultant. To make an appointment, contact the UITS Support Center. The Support Center cannot under any circumstances register a WAP until such time as a TCC consultant has verified that all settings are correct.
Note: If you connect an improperly configured device to the IU network, UITS may temporarily block your network access to prevent security breaches and interruptions of service. If your access is blocked, see If my network access has been disabled by UIPO or UISO, how can I get it re-enabled?
Last modified on May 03, 2013.