UMassD-A: secure wireless for your mobile devices without VPN
CITS has launched the new UMassD-A secure wireless network. This network provides secure access to the campus wireless network without the need for VPN, while still providing access to secure campus resources like email and COIN.
After selecting the UMassD-A network, you'll need to register your device, the same process as registering a computer. Once registered, you'll be able to access the network on campus any time without re-registering or connecting to VPN.
More information: how to connect your mobile device to the UMassD-A Network
Wireless at UMass Dartmouth
- Supported wireless router for residence halls
- Two wireless networks: WiFi & WiMAX
- What is VPN?
- How to set up wireless & VPN software
- Computing policy
- How to log in to VPN
- Set up VPN for your laptop
- Set up VPN for your mobile device
- If you need a wireless card
- Campus Map for Wireless Access Areas (PDF)
The University is planning to implement a full service Wi-Fi solution for the residence halls for fall 2014.
In the interim, CITS allows the use of personal wireless routers in the residence halls. To ensure consistent configuration, security, and operation, the only supported wireless routers are the Netgear N150 and the Netgear N300. These models were selected due to their low cost ($30-$40), ease of setup, and the auto channel feature that is critical with interference caused by so many wireless routers in close proximity.
For more information, contact the IT Service Center: firstname.lastname@example.org.
UMass Dartmouth has two wireless networks: traditional WiFi network and WiMAX.
WiFi is available in the open lounge areas, many campus classrooms, the commuter cafeteria and on the quadrangle. It is not available in the residence halls. The information on this page covers the standard WiFi network and setting up a VPN.
WiMAX is available across the campus, including most residence halls, and at some nearby businesses. Learn more about WiMAX
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. The UMD wireless network is a secure network that connects to the Internet through a VPN server. VPN software provides secure connections for normally non-secure methods of Internet communication.
The VPN client software installed on a workstation makes a special connection with a VPN server. All network communication is encrypted, then filtered through the VPN server, making it virtually impossible for hackers to obtain sensitive information in transit. A VPN connection is required to use the wireless network on campus, and to access applications (such as ReservIt and network shares) from off-campus locations.
Users must follow several procedures for making the wireless hardware and software work with the UMD Wireless Network. Each of the links below connects to various documents that provide detailed instructions.
Before you move on, please familiarize yourself with UMass Dartmouth's computing policies. As a user of our network and computer systems, you are responsible for complying with these policies.
To log in to VPN, use your UMassD Logon (email username and password).
To install and configure the VPN software for your Operating System, click the link below that corresponds to your notebook and check with the map of access areas to determine where the network is available.
To configure the VPN for your mobile device, click the link below for the directions that correspond to your device. Then check the map for access areas to determine where the network is available.
- iPhone and iPod Touch (PDF)
- iPad (PDF)
- Windows Mobile (PDF)
Note: Windows Phone 7 does not support VPN
Most recent notebook computers come with a built-in wireless card. However, if you need to purchase a wireless card, they are available through online and local computer electronics resellers. Before purchasing, make sure the product you have selected is compatible with your computer and with the UMass Dartmouth wireless network. The UMass Dartmouth network conforms to 802.11 b and 802.11 g wireless standards.