Getting devices connected securely on UB’s Wi-Fi network has been a problem for new UB faculty, staff and especially students. As of August 15, a new automatic configuration service called UB Secure WiFiSetup has made those problems a thing of the past.
According to Leslie Evans, Project Manager for Network and Classroom Services (NCS), “Our goal was to make connecting to the UB Secure wireless network seamless for students, as well as UB employees. UB Secure WiFiSetup should also reduce the number of calls to the CIT Help Desk.”
UB Secure WiFiSetup uses a simple configuration wizard to set up your devices to automatically connect safely to the UB Secure Wi-Fi network whenever your device is on campus. You only need to authenticate once using your UBITName and password, and it will be entered automatically for you from then on.
If you’ve already configured your devices to use UB Secure, there’s no need to change your settings. However, if you’re currently using UB Wireless or UB Guest Wi-Fi, which are unencrypted and can leave personal information at risk, it’s strongly encouraged that you follow the UB Secure WiFiSetup wizard.
UBSecure WiFiSetup is compatible with Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP; Macintosh OS 10.5+; iOS 2+; and, Android 2.1+. If you’re using an older, non-supported device, or have trouble using the wizard, manual configuration instructions are still available.
A team of CIT Network and Classroom Services staff worked to research and implement this new service. According to Leslie, “Rob Colantuoni, Mark Ferguson, and Matt Suarez began researching tools in July 2012. Kathleen Murphy, Anthony Smith and Robert Ballachino also offered their assistance, and Jerry Bucklaew was instrumental in launching the new service as he configured UB’s wireless controller settings to allow traffic to UB Secure WiFiSetup.”
Leslie added, “Cloudpath, the provider for UB Secure WiFiSetup, had been previously evaluated for another project. The team consulted other universities about the products they used and their performance and feedback about Cloudpath was very positive, especially from Syracuse University.”
According to Matt Suarez, Systems Software Programmer with Network and Classroom Services, “UB Secure WiFiSetup simply makes life easier for people trying to connect.”
Learn more about UB Secure WiFiSetup at www.buffalo.edu/ubit/ubwifisetup, then configure your mobile device via http://ubwifisetup.buffalo.edu. If you have any questions or problems using UB Secure WiFiSetup, please contact the CIT Help Desk at 716-645-3542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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