Published September 26, 2013
UB faculty, staff and students can now easily connect their digital devices, including laptops, iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches, to the university’s secure Wi-Fi network, thanks to work by UB Information Technology staff this past summer.
The new UB Secure WiFiSetup uses a simple configuration wizard to set up devices to automatically connect to the UB Secure Wi-Fi network whenever the devices are on campus.
Employees and students only need to authenticate once using their UBITName and password; the information will be entered automatically from then on. More information is available on the UBIT website.
UB Secure is the recommended choice for connecting to UB’s Wi-Fi campus network. UBITNames and passwords, and all data transmitted from devices to the network are encrypted.
Other recent technology updates that faculty and staff can take advantage of are the new Virtual Conference service, which was launched in May, and an upgrade of the central email Web interface, launched in July.
Virtual Conference enables faculty, staff and students to conduct virtual conferences, classes or meetings using the Microsoft tool Lync in conjunction with audio and video hardware.
Lync allows presenters to share their desktops and programs, use a whiteboard and instant-message with participants, among other options.
It is available for Windows and Mac computers, as well as Android, Windows and Apple mobile devices. Visit the UBIT website for more information.
The upgraded central email Web interface affects all faculty, staff and students in the schools of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Dental Medicine and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, as well as faculty and staff from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences who have not been migrated to central exchange email services. Some UB volunteers also use central email Web interface.
Benefits of the Web interface upgrade include improved interface stability and security, more consistency across modern Web browsers, a cleaner look, the ability to set up autosaving and drafts, message threads and the ability to place replies in the same folder as the message being replied to.
UBIT staff members also were busy over the summer working on projects to help make life easier students: