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Service Level Statement:

Wi-Fi Network

Students, faculty, staff and guests to UB enjoy access to and support for a variety of Wi-Fi networks.

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> Wi-Fi Access Point Installation

> Glossary

SERVICE GUIDES:

Definitions

Wireless Network/Wi-Fi A technology that provides wireless connectivity to mobile devices.
SSID Service Set Identifier, which is a unique id used for naming wireless networks.
Wi-Fi Request Requesting Wi-Fi Service from our standard service offering (e.g., new access point) or getting instructional and informational help (e.g., how to connect).
Wi-Fi Incident/Repair Restoring Wi-Fi Service to normal operation may involve replacement (swapping access points) or maintenance (adjusting system settings).
Wi-Fi Design/Installation Any change or introduction resulting in new Wi-Fi Capabilities outside of our standard service offering (e.g., exterior coverage, branch office/remote office deployments, etc.).

Additional definitions are available in the Service Level Statement - Glossary.

Scope of Services

CIT provides Wi-Fi Request, Wi-Fi Repair, and Wi-Fi Design/Installation support to all UB students, faculty, staff and guests in all spaces owned and/or managed by UB. Given the nature of wireless communications, quality of service depends on many factors, only some of which are directly controlled by CIT. In particular, incompatible clients and coverage or capacity limitations are not considered to be incidents.

Throughput and reliability may vary depending on a number of conditions. In general, users can expect the following in buildings that are listed as fully covered:

  • Connectivity to an access point from almost anywhere within the building.
  • 5Mbps of throughput for each client.
  • Support for up to 20 clients per Access Point.

Lecture halls have been equipped with multiple access points. The following are the maximum number of users that can be accommodated given the above listed parameters:

  • Small lecture hall = 20 simultaneous devices
  • Medium lecture hall = 60 simultaneous devices
  • Large lecture hall = 100 simultaneous devices

Service Options

UB Secure Wi-Fi

A wired network connection is available from your office or lab.UB Secure is the recommended, secure access choice for UB's campus network. Your UBITName and password and all data transmitted from your device to the wireless access point (the campus network) are encrypted.

UB Wireless Wi-Fi

An OpenPort allows you to connect to the UB network using publicly accessible network jacks and your Ethernet cabling. This access method requires authentication as a condition of use.UB Wireless is an on-campus non-secure choice. You should only connect to UB Wireless when you need to connect to the UB Network and you cannot configure your device for UB Secure.

UB Guest Wi-Fi

The UB Guest Wi-Fi service is for UB guests and visitors only. Guests and visitors can access the network by logging in with any email address. Wi-Fi service is limited and non-secure.

UB Gaming Wi-Fi

UB Gaming is intended to support devices that cannot authenticate via web-authentication or 802.1x, typically gaming consoles and media devices without browsers.

eduroam Wi-Fi

The eduroam Wi-Fi service is for visiting students,  faculty and staff from eduroam-participating institutions who want to use Wi-Fi while at UB.

Fees

Applicable fees associated with UB Wi-Fi are described at Cost of Services.

Service Response Targets

All of the listed service goals are defined within the Hours of Support.  In other words, if an issue is reported outside of hours of support, the clock would not start until start of business the following business day.  As targets, these are not guarantees on response time, but goals that help define the needed support resources.
Hours of Availability:

  • All Locations: 24x7x365

Hours of Support:

  • Downtown, North, South Campus: 8:30am-5pm M-F

UB Wi-Fi Request:

UB Wi-Fi Incident:

UB Wi-Fi Design/Installation:

Requesting Services/Support

Requests for services or support should be logged with the CIT Help Desk or by filling out the Network Connection Installation Form. More information can be found at Reporting Network Problems and Getting Connected.

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