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Wireless Access

Valparaiso University Law School offers high speed wireless access to faculty, staff and students.   Wireless transmitters throughout the Law School enable our law school population to obtain a wireless internet connection in both Heritage Hall and Wesemann Hall.

Connecting to the Network via Wireless Services
Valparaiso University offers wireless connection to VU and personal laptops and devices in various areas around campus. Wireless services are reserved for current students, staff, and faculty with an active ValpoNet account. Wireless access is available for both Windows and Macintosh computers.

Establishing your connection to the network via wireless services is a three step process:

  1. Having the correct system requirements necessary to obtain a wireless signal
  2. Setting up your wireless device to find the wireless network
  3. Authenticating to the wireless network

Wireless Requirements
802.11 b/g/n WIFI Network Card: Any 802.11b/g/n wireless network card should work without any problems. Newer wireless network cards should be “backwards compatible” with 802.11b/g networks (check the network card documentation). Our testing has shown that significant quality differences exist with some wireless network cards which may impact signal quality and signal range.

Initial setup

  • Wireless Network CardYour wireless network card must be properly installed and configured for DHCP.
  • SSIDThe SSID for faculty, staff & student use is: valpo.The SSID for guest use is: valpoguest.

Most computers should automatically detect the SSID and offer to use it. Information on how to set the SSID should be included with your wireless card. Since this can vary widely from wireless card to wireless card you will have to contact the manufacturer for assistance if you cannot find this information.

Authentication
After you have successfully located the Valpo wireless signal, open a web browser – you will be automatically redirected to the network login page. Use your ValpoNet account to log into this site. If you do not yet have SafeConnect installed on your laptop, you will be prompted to download and install the policy key. Follow the directions of the installation wizard and then reboot your computer, reconnect to the network, and relaunch your browser.

If you already have SafeConnect installed, you simply need to connect to the Valpo network before attempting to access web pages.

Laptops should have all current critical Windows updates, installed anti-virus software, and updated anti-virus definitions.

SafeConnect
Information Technology will be implementing a new Network Access Control (NAC) system, SafeConnect by Impulse. Computers connecting to the network in the residence halls and from anywhere on the wireless network will be required to authenticate through the SafeConnect system. IT has been researching newer NAC technologies for the past year and has been extensively testing SafeConnect this semester. This product provides many enhanced capabilities we believe are essential to helping keep our IT environment safe and secure.

A registration process and policy key installation will be required for all Windows and Mac OS computers connecting to both the network in the residence halls as well as the wireless network across campus. The SafeConnect Policy Key is part of the university’s effort to help you keep your computers as free as possible from viruses, spyware, and operating system security holes. Machines protected in this way generally perform much better and experience much less downtime due to damage caused by malicious software. The result is a more secure, reliable, and predictable IT network infrastructure that is easy and cost-effective to maintain.

The SafeConnect system checks your computer to ensure that the operating system is up to date. IT recommends you automatically download recommended updates and install them. Operating systems and software applications on all platforms may have vulnerabilities which, when exploited, can enable viruses and worms to infect your computer and spread across the network.

In addition, you should have an anti-virus software package installed, running, and updated with the latest virus definitions. IT also recommends you install one of the several anti-spyware software applications available. Spyware can compromise your computer enabling other people to gain access to your personal information.

One of the benefits of this new system is the reduction in login frequency compared to the previous NAC system. However, certain types of devices do not use a policy key, but will require authentication. Guests on campus will not install the policy key, and will be required to login every time they use the wireless network.

A recent upgrade to the SafeConnect system will require a login once per school year instead of the old system that required a login once every 12 hours.

You can read more about the SafeConnect system and Impulse at their website, impulse.com.

Visit the SafeConnect FAQ for more information.  A list of allowable devices is also available.  For additional assistance, please contact the IT Help Desk via email (it.helpdesk@valpo.edu) or phone (464.5678).

VPN Use
At the present time, VPN connectivity is not supported on the Valpo wireless network. VPN connectivity is available for off-campus usage only.