Connecting to the Wireless Network
The Division of IT currently provides two main wireless networks, "umd-secure" and "umd." The "umd-secure" network encrypts all wireless transmissions using WPA2/WPA technology. The "umd" network provides general access to the network for both campus users and guests and requires Web page authentication. "umd-secure" is the recommended means of accessing the wireless network.
As it offers the best data security available, “umd-secure” is the preferred wireless network for all faculty, staff, and students. Traffic sent and received from wireless devices on this network is encrypted using WPA2/WPA technology. Since the umd-secure network supports 802.1x, Web browser-based authentication is not required. Users will be prompted for their Directory ID and password via a pop-up login window when authentication is necessary. For users of many PDAs, this option can eliminate the problems associated with running a Web browser solely to reach the Web authentication page required to use the "umd" network.
For help configuring your device to use the umd-secure network, read the appropriate Get Connected guide for your operating system.
- Windows 8 Enterprise Get Connected Guide
- Windows 7 Get Connected Guide
- Windows Vista Get Connected Guide
- Windows XP Get Connected Guide
- Macintosh Get Connected Guide for OS 10.7 "Lion"
- Macintosh Get Connected Guide for OS 10.6 "Snow Leopard"
- iPad Get Connected Guide for iOS 4.x
- iPhone/iPod touch Get Connected Guide for iOS 4.x
- iPhone/iPod touch Get Connected Guide for iOS 3.0
- Android Get Connected Guide
- Chart of Generic Configuration Parameters
You can also search the IT Knowledge Base for more information on connecting to the wireless network: visit www.itsc.umd.edu and choose the “Network Connectivity & Telephones” category and the “Wireless Networking” subcategory in the browse box.
The “umd” network is intended to provide wireless access to university guests as well as faculty, staff, and students who have not (or cannot) set up WPA2/WPA on their wireless device. Authentication for this network is handled by a Web browser redirect to a login page. To access this wireless network, users should select the “umd” wireless network from the list of available wireless networks and then launch a Web browser. If you have a default Web page defined, you will be redirected to a login page where you will need to enter a valid Directory ID and password. Successful authentication will result in your default Web page being loaded. If you do not have a default Web page defined, you will need to enter the address of the first Web page you would like to view. You will then be redirected to a login page where you will need to enter a valid Directory ID and password.
For instructions on configuring Windows Vista to connect to the "umd" network, use this Windows Vista Configuration Guide.