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 UMass Dartmouth Wireless Network

‌ ‌What's new?

You Spoke. We Listened. During the summer 2014, CITS invested more than $1M to install highspeed wireless access in many of our residence halls. Approximately 640 access points now provide students wireless access from Aspen, Birch, Cedar Dell South, CedarDell West, Evergreen, Hickory, Ivy, Oak Glen, Pinedale, and Willow.

Please note: Students in these residence halls should no longer utilize separate wireless routers, as this will cause disruption to the newly installed network in these locations.

Students accessing the campus network from all other residence halls should continue to do so via CITS supported wireless routers.

Need Help? Questions may directed to:

Wireless at UMass Dartmouth


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

For assistance

Supported wireless routers for residence halls: Netgear N150 & N300

CITS allows the use of personal wireless routers in any residence halls that do not have University wireless. 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.

Netgear N150 Setup Instructions (PDF)

Netgear N300 Setup Instructions  (PDF)

For more information, contact ResTech at: restech@umassd.edu or 508-999-8040

Two wireless networks: WiFi and WiMAX

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. 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

Computing policy

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.

What is VPN?

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. VPN software provides secure connections for normally non-secure methods of Internet communication. A VPN connection is required to access network shares from off-campus locations.

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.

How to set up VPN software

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.

To log in to VPN, use your UMassD Logon (email username and password).

Set up VPN for your laptop

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.

Set up VPN for your mobile device

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.

Campus Map for Wireless Access Areas (PDF)