(July 11, 2007) The Office of Information Technology has upgraded the WVU wireless network infrastructure to improve security and offer more wireless options. The current network, secure.wvu, will be phased out and replaced by two new networks: WVU.MountainAir or WVU.Encrypted.
WVU.MountainAir is a hotel-style unencrypted network, which is compatible with almost any web-enabled device. To use the WVU.MountainAir, simply connect to that network name and open a web browser. Users are automatically directed to a sign-on page where they logon with their MasterID. WVU.MountainAir is intended to provide a convenient service for temporary guests and for users with palmtops or other devices that do not support advanced wireless security.
It is important to note that WVU.MountainAir traffic is not secure–other wireless users nearby may be able to eavesdrop on transmissions. Do not use WVU.MountainAir to send or receive any sensitive data. To move confidential data securely, use WVU.Encrypted.
WVU.Encrypted uses WiFi Protected Access and AES encryption to provide the highest possible level of wireless data security. WPA and WPA2 are supported in Windows XP and Vista, recent versions of Mac OS X, and Linux. Instructions for configuring a computer for the encrypted network are located at http://wireless.wvu.edu.
Secure.wvu will remain in place through December 2007 to allow ample time to migrate to WVU.Encrypted. Users are encouraged to convert to the WVU.Encrypted network as soon as possible.
For more information, contact the WVU OIT Service Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 293-4444.