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IT News by Topic: Connecting to the Internet and UB's Networks

Fast and reliable Wi-Fi is essential for a modern research university like UB. And every single person on a network can have a huge impact on just how fast and reliable it is for everyone.
College life can be hectic. Luckily, the UB Tech Squad will come to UB students anywhere on campus by appointment, giving you one less thing to worry about.
A harmful exploit discovered in iOS devices could make your iPhone or iPad prone to local attacks. Download and install the latest iOS update, version 10.3.3, to stay safe.
In June 2017, Cisco alerted customers of a vulnerability in their AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client VPN software for Windows, which could result in local cyberattacks. Download and install the latest version from the UBIT website to stay safe.
UBIT first surveyed students about how they use technology in 1997. A lot has changed since then.
For 20 years, UBIT’s annual student survey has provided insight into how UB students interact with technology on a daily basis. In October 2016, over 4,300 UB students from every school and class standing took the survey. Here’s what they told us.
UBIT is pleased to launch Tech Squad—a new mobile, self-scheduled tech-help service from UBIT, capable of addressing students’ technology needs anywhere on campus.
Keeping technology current is a constant battle. Even if well-worn devices keep running, they often outlive their manufacturer support. This is currently the case for many of the wired network switches responsible for ensuring that network traffic is received by, and sent to, the correct places and devices on UB’s campuses.
Technology is always advancing, and UB works to stay ahead of the curve. This is never truer than when it comes to Wi-Fi, which UB’s students, faculty and staff depend on daily.

On August 16, 2016, the way you connect to UB resources with a Virtual Private Network (VPN) from off campus will change.


In case you haven’t noticed, UB’s three-year Wi-Fi Boost project has been improving Wi-Fi all across its campuses, building by building, area by area. And now, we want you to tell us how we are doing.


If your building’s Wi-Fi has been boosted, share access to your devices.


During move-in on August 25 and 26, 2016, the UBIT Help Center will be available in the Ellicott Complex, Governors and South Campus to offer assistance as students set-up their devices. 


Is your smartphone set up and ready for UB life? 


On August 16, 2016, the way you connect to UB resources with a Virtual Private Network (VPN) from off campus will change.


If you use the Wi-Fi at UB, you may see a notice on your device asking you to accept a new Wi-Fi certificate in order to continue connecting. This is safe to accept, and part of a routine update.


UB Wi-Fi to Go is now available for UB faculty, staff or student organizations who wish to connect to UB Wi-Fi where there currently is none. UB Wi-Fi to Go will bring an enterprise level hot spot to events or areas lacking a strong connection.   


UB students: when you first toured UB, were you overwhelmed with the size of the university? A group of energetic students may have a solution! In an attempt to create a unique virtual campus, students from all disciplines, inside and outside of UB, are invited to start recreating UB’s campus in Minecraft in a April 23 build-a-thon from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Student Union lobby. Doors open at 8 a.m. for breakfast and registration.


T-Mobile’s network will enjoy a boost on UB’s North Campus starting in late Spring 2016.    


It's 3 a.m. and you're still going, awake with great ideas. You're on your tablet or smartphone, and you're making progress.  


On January 12, 2016, Microsoft will end support for every version of Internet Explorer other than their most recent release. Internet Explorer 11 is the only version that will continue to receive security updates, technical support and compatibility fixes. Microsoft is encouraging customers to upgrade in order to experience a safer and faster browsing experience.   


From day-to-day operations to strategic planning for UB 2020 and beyond, the constant stream of data flowing into the university is now a crucial part of how our institution works. That’s why a new data governance initiative began in 2015 to determine where our institutional data comes from, who is interpreting it and how it is interpreted.


Everyone knows technology is changing the way we work. For Brian Wolff, Associate Director of Athletic Communications at UB, and for the athletes he works with, this change has been profound…but embracing it has opened up a new world of possibilities.   


Say hello to better connections as UB’s Wi-Fi Boost project meets the growing demand for improved Wi-Fi networks on campus.  


On June 19, 2015, UB officially shut down the IBM mainframe, transitioning to deliver the IT services it provided over to a number of smaller and more flexible machines.   


You may have noticed posters around campus saying Wi-Fi at UB is getting a boost. If you’re living, working or just passing through one of the upgraded buildings, there are a few things you should know.  


In early 2015, Mobile ID made it possible to use a smartphone app in place of your UB Card at vending machines, Campus Dining locations and even laundry facilities. As of Fall 2015, the convenience of mobile technology is available at more places on campus.   


If you’re new to UB, you’re probably very excited…and nervous. With three campuses to navigate, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, so it’s important to take advantage of helpful tools like the UB Mobile app.    


Better wired and Wi-Fi network bandwidth and speed is on its way to UB’s three campuses.   


A recent UBIT bake off tested wireless network technology from Aruba and Cisco to determine who will fill the massive hardware order needed for UB’s unprecedented Wi-Fi Boost project.   


A previous version of Google Drive has been retired since it was not optimized for current browsers. In order to continue using Google Drive, you’ll need to upgrade your browser.   


Thanks to UB partnering with M&T Bank and the City of Buffalo, free Wi-Fi hotspots are being added to the downtown area.  

Since UB adopted the eduroam Wi-Fi network in 2014, traveling students, faculty, and staff no longer need to worry about exorbitant roaming data charges or guest credentials for Internet access when visiting other academic and public institutions.
Before hauling a giant load of laundry down five flights of stairs only to find all of the washers full, check out the Mobile ID application and reserve a machine.

You may have had no idea that UB is a member of NYSERNet, a statewide non-profit group dedicated to bringing state-of-the-art network technology to New York’s research institutions. But the benefits UB receives from being a NYSERNet member put UB in a class all its own, especially after recent upgrades.


If you work or study at UB, log into the HUB Student Center or even just step inside a building on campus, then you rely on UB’s data communications networks. But despite their ubiquity, most of us never give the networks a second thought.

Technology is transforming the way athletes and sports organizations approach their game. At UB, tech in athletics has been a game changer, but marrying these two fast-paced worlds is hardly a simple task.

The tantalizing promises of “cloud-based” services are difficult to ignore. But is this flexibility just as desirable when it comes to data and services involving our work and research at UB?

Do you work with a student organization in need of classroom tech, but on a tight budget? Good news…classroom technology fees have been waived for student clubs on a trial basis for the rest of Spring 2015 semester.
The results from 2014’s UBIT Student Experience Survey are in, and they paint a picture of the ever-evolving ways students use technology.
On April 1, 2015, the next installment of the Digital Challenges Series will allow students to answer an important question: What am I doing in your classroom?
Preserving and sharing the knowledge of today with the scholars of tomorrow is a crucial part of any learning institution’s mission. UB’s Digital Repository is a free resource for all UB-affiliated scholars to protect and share their research.
With just one click, you’ll never have to worry about missing a meal on campus…even if you forgot your UB Card.
What’s one thing everyone talks about, but no one does anything about? If you said “poor Wi-Fi reception," guess again. Something is being done.
There have been reports of a "Failed to initialize connection subsystem” error received while using Cisco AnyConnect to establish a virtual private network. The errors began with the February 2015 Microsoft security patch.
What began as a project to link UB’s multiple, geographically dispersed campuses has turned into a very successful regional collaboration for Western New York’s public service organizations.
The next installments in the ongoing Digital Challenges series, scheduled for February 2015, will provide a glimpse into the future of classroom teaching and learning.
As the semester starts, you’ll notice some changes in the works at Capen’s Silverman Library.
Amazing. Some of UB’s core network systems have been online for years at a time without failing or being shut down. This is no small feat, and it doesn’t happen by accident.
Good news: UBIT’s website is getting a mobile makeover. 
Hazy cell phone service is rapidly becoming a thing of the past at UB, at least for Verizon Wireless customers.
Thought your attempts to play Destiny on campus were FAIL? Power up your Xbox or PlayStation again…it works at UB!
As the long lines for the new iPhone can attest, everybody loves getting the latest smartphone. But when it’s time to get rid of our old devices, what can we do to keep our personal data safe? Sometimes it’s more complicated than just deleting a few files. 
For most of us, it’s difficult to imagine life without an Internet connection. With the freedom to get connected “anytime, anywhere” comes a greater chance of putting your private information at risk.
Getting a safe, reliable Wi-Fi connection shouldn't have to be a hassle when you travel to other universities. For UB faculty, staff and students, it just got easier.
Everybody loves Wi-Fi. It's great not being tethered, and UB's Wi-Fi provides plenty of speed for simple tasks. But you might be surprised to learn that UB's network engineers include wired connections in new buildings, and for good reason.
If you previously connected to the UB Secure Wi-Fi network, you may need to change some settings to connect again.  Please follow these step-by-step instructions.

UBIT is happy to announce a power survivability option for departments who wish to preserve their network connectivity during power failures or maintenance activities. 

Technology grows exponentially. Sometimes we need to afford it space to expand.
Swiping your card is so 1990s. Students responding to the UB’s 2013 Student IT Experience Survey asked for an upgrade, hoping to see their UB Cards replaced with smart card technology, such as RFID.
The world is quickly running out of IP addresses. Don't panic, UBIT is on the case.

UB is the size of a small city, which keeps UB's engineers busy with demands for better cellular service. The Distributed Antenna System offers the campus a much-needed boost.


How does UBIT know the ways UB students use technology? We ask, and we listen to them.


Thanks to UB’s Wake On LAN (WOL) service, on-campus computers can enjoy a sound sleep unless needed, which saves UB both energy and money.