Gamers at UB are in for a treat. As of April 2013, UB is offering a dedicated Wi-Fi network for gaming and media devices.
For example, students using a PS3 or 360 can now successfully connect their devices to the UB Gaming Wi-Fi network. In the past, students may have found connecting these devices to UB Secure or Wireless impossible because the devices don’t have a browser to manage the UB Secure login process.
Using UB Gaming is a two step process. First, the device’s MAC address (a 12 digit hexadecimal number, which is typically found on a sticker on the console or the device’s setup menus) is registered at the UB Gaming registration website using a computer already connected to the UB network. Then, UB Gaming is selected for connection with the newly registered device, which automatically authenticates the device for then on.
UB Gaming is available campus wide, not just in residence halls. Staff and faculty are encouraged to use this Wi-Fi connection with any devices that do not support a browser-based login.
While recommended for gaming devices, UB Gaming is the same speed as UB Secure. For the fastest high-speed Internet connection on campus, connect gaming consoles, media devices and routers to ResNet’s wired network whenever possible.
UB Mobile now offers even more helpful features, including a full, easy to use search of UB websites. Quick links to UBlearns and MyUB are also now available.
Using a touch screen phone? You’ll notice a new landscape mode whenever the screen is tilted horizontally. In addition, campus maps now have improved detection of your GPS location. Visit the iTunes App Store or Google Play to download UB Mobile.
As of September 23, 2013, UB’s Wi-Fi system hit a peak, surpassing 18,000 simultaneous sessions, while wireless access points (WAPS) haven't increased much at all. Take a look at the chart above to see how the numbers have grown.
Computing and Information Technology at UB is more than 40 years old. Here’s a look back at the Interface newsletter from February 1990. (Please note: this PDF file includes perturbations natural to the duplication process at the time.)