Supported Wireless Router Netgear N150 (WNR 1000) for Residence Halls
Beginning in the 2012-2013 academic year, there was a significant increase in the use of wireless only devices such as iPads, eReaders, tablets, smartphones, etc. within the residential living areas. The University is planning to begin the implementation of a full service Wi-Fi solution for the residence halls for fall 2013.
In the interim, CITS will allow the use of personal wireless routers in the residence halls. In order to ensure consistent configuration, security, and operation, the only supported wireless router for the residence halls is the Netgear N150 (model WNR1000). This model was selected due to its low cost ($30-$40), ease of setup, and its auto channel feature that is critical with interference caused by so many wireless routers in close proximity. In the past, CITS and Housing prohibited the use of wireless routers to protect both the student's computer security and to maintain the integrity of UMass Dartmouth's network.
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- 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)
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.